Lifepath Malvern 2019

Eight Hundred Children Coming to Lifepath

Almost 1000 people will be participating in the annual Lifepath event at Malvern Priory this year with just under 800 children attending from 22 local schools and up to 150 volunteers from 21 churches in Malvern helping out.

In a day off from regular lessons the children will take part in a number of different activities. They will have the opportunity to dress up as monks and experience the daily rhythm of work and prayer, they will prepare, cook and sample a monk’s meal and they will take part in handbell ringing and learn about the importance of bells in the routine of monastery life.

There will also be the chance to learn about medieval medicines, have a go at brass rubbing and ancient tile decorating, and to become archaeologists, finding and identifying hidden treasures.  The days will include many other activities plus discussion and collective worship with action songs and stories giving children and staff the chance to reflect on their own ‘lifepath’.

The aim behind the weeklong event is to provide a day to explore Malvern’s Christian heritage by telling the story of the Benedictine monks who founded the Priory in 1085, almost 1000 years ago.

And for the first time in the 12 year history of Lifepath at the Priory there is to be a Community day on Saturday June 29th.  ‘Schools obviously can’t bring all the children and there have been many occasions in the past when children who have been before but are not included in the current Lifepath ask whether they can come separately from their school,’ said Rosamund Ponting who heads up the steering group organising the event.

‘So this year, for the first time, we are holding a Community Day on the Saturday to give parents and children who feel they are missing out the chance to join us.’

‘All are welcome from people visiting Malvern to members of our community who have been wondering what is happening in Malvern when they see so many monks around the Priory!’

Lifepath at the Priory starts on June 24th.  Volunteers are always needed so if you feel you might be able to help Ros can be contacted on 01684 572165 or email the Parish Office on the website greatmalvernpriory.org.uk

Mary Rowswell

 


Report on Lifepath Malvern, 2018
Report on this year's Lifepath event.