Yesterday we celebrated an amazing morning with the opening of our Faith Centre by the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth.
We were honoured to be joined by the Lord Mayor as well as representatives of Langar Aid, the Coventry Muslim Forum, Coventry School Foundation Governors and other colleagues and friends of Bablake.
Pupils and staff from all faiths brought religious artefacts to the oratory and read passages from their holy scriptures. Both the Bishop and Headmaster spoke about the spirit of peace, reconciliation and tolerance, the importance of respect for our differences and rejoicing at our coming together in the Faith Centre. The Bishop blessed the Chaplaincy, Oratory and anointed Revd Sacha Slavic, the Bablake Chaplain.
Mr John Watson, Headmaster, said, “I am truly delighted that we now have a quiet place at the heart of our busy community for pupils, staff and visitors to reflect, to pray, to question, to wonder and to meet together. Our school has a Christian foundation, yet today we celebrate the rich diversity of our backgrounds and our beliefs.
I pray that our Faith Centre and our chaplaincy will be a refuge for mutual support and comfort in times of trouble, a place to share our joys, a source of strength as we serve our neighbours, and a haven for those of all faiths and none as we seek to make sense of our beautiful yet complex world and of our lives here and in eternity.”
We are grateful for the musical and singing talents of our pupils during the dedication. Both the Chaplaincy and Oratory look great, with thanks to our maintenance team, Art and Design & Technology departments.
Going forward, various meetings will occur in the Oratory, including Morning Prayer every morning at 8:15am – all are welcome.