Hope and a Future in our Schools

Children and staff in our church schools have produced amazing materials as part of Bishop Stephen’s Lent Challenge 2021 Hope and a Future.

Here is a selection so far and we will keep adding resources as they arrive. It shows that hope is alive and well!


Ely St Mary’s C of E Junior School
Acrostics of Hope from Ely St Mary’s C of E Junior School
Mood Boards from Ely St Mary’s C of E Junior School
Castle Camps C of E Primary School

Castle Camps C of E Primary School have produced an outstanding video as a collection of the whole school on Hope and a Future. The images below are a sample from that video which we hope to have on this site very shortly.

A dove of peace and hope…
A sample of the work from Rabbits class, years 2&3.
Wonderful work from Bury School…
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Letter from Max, 1st page
Letter from Max 2nd page

Bishop Stephen’s Lent Challenge 2021
Hope and a Future

The children of Great Gidding Primary C of E School
shared their responses to what hope means at the moment.
From those words and phrases, this
‘Heart of Hope’ was created for the whole school community to share.


A wonderful set of sentiments…

A bold display of values and creativity…
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You can feel the energy…


Profoundly engaging…

At Cherry Hinton CE Primary School, we love trees! We have a beautiful cherry tree outside our front entrance and as the seasons pass, we watch it change on a daily basis. Right now, it has beautiful blossom and soon the cherries will appear. However, it was not long ago that the branches were bare.

Our school logo also includes the cherry tree and the sign of the cross. This year we have been through lock-down and so we wanted our tree to be a symbol of hope whilst recognising that the year had not been without fear and suffering too.

We created our tree of hopes and fears with the brown leaves now fallen on the ground. Our hopes are on the new leaves in recognition that hope comes from casting fear aside and us holding onto our values of agape, courage and thankfulness as a faith community.


Bottles of Hope at Barnabas Oley C of E Primary School in the Diocese of Ely. An inventive way to think about the pandemic and lockdown.

Pupils from Wilburton C of E Primary School have created pictures and videos to show how they have worked with Bishop Stephen’s Lent Challenge, including creating a Box of Hope! See more here

See their Google Images gallery here...

The Reception class at St Paul’s made cards to take to the residential care home next to our school as we try to be ‘Hope in our community’.

The children thought really hard about what pictures and words might bring hope and joy to others.


Milton C of E Primary School near Cambridge brings a poem of hope from staff to children learning at home in lockdown.

Church Schools of Cambridge have created a set of resources linked to Bishop Stephen’s Lent Challenge 2021 placing psalms and gospel stories side by side. They allow space and room to wonder about our own distress and our hopes for the future.

The story resources are designed so the story can either be told by teachers/children’s workers/parents or watched in video form. The following wondering questions and response activities can be used in the classroom, via Zoom, or at home. The accompanying psalm-writing workshop presentation can be used to show children how to create their own psalms of hope.

See more on the pages of CSoC here:
http://csoc.org.uk/psalms-for-lent



Will you accept the Challenge?