Thursday 23rd July.

Today’s reflection comes from Julia Jennings.

School’s out for Summer

As schools break up for the summer and more people opt for a ‘staycation’ this year, we can expect to see an abundance of young people enjoying the open spaces we are lucky enough to have around Portchester. Some of them will have just finished secondary school or college and will be moving on to further/higher education in September or trying to find jobs. Spare a thought for them and the additional pressures that Covid 19 has brought them: They have not been able to take their GCSE/A level exams and are worried about how their grades will be calculated, they have missed out on opportunities to visit colleges and meet tutors and for those seeking work, who is hiring?

And how has Covid 19 affected their thinking? What sort of vision do they have of the future? I am looking forward to going back to working in schools in September and asking these questions and I expect some positive answers. Even before the pandemic research into career aspirations showed that the majority of 10 to 18 year olds want more from their future jobs than just earning money, with saving lives, caring for the planet and helping animals top of their career agenda.

But I don’t need research to tell me that, I hear it every day in the careers office when I ask them “in 50 years time, when you look back at your career, what legacy do you want to leave behind?” The answer so often is “I want to make a difference”. I believe they will.
Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’ (Matthew 19:14). Children singing will always make us smile. What do you think the little ones in the front row will grow up to be?!

This Little Light of Mine