Last Friday afternoon Mrs Patterson took a group of eight Archdeacon children to St Paul’s Cathedral for the annual schools service. The theme of the service this year was: ‘Let your light shine’, linked to the Christian festival of Candlemas, which is celebrated 40 days after Christmas. They were accompanied by Cara Kears, Holy Trinity Church’s curate and David La Boucharderie, one of the School Governors. We travelled up to St Paul’s by tube to Mansion House and enjoyed a tasty picnic on the train. Once there, it was a short walk to St Paul’s, where they were met by one of the helpful guides to the Cathedral, who gave everyone an unlit candle and guided them to their seats. The service soon began and they were all astonished by the sound of hundreds of voices singing together and the amazing echo that occurred as the noise reverberated around the enormous dome of the cathedral. Everyone enjoyed holding a lit candle and singing ‘Shine, Jesus shine’ with the congregation! Different schools from the London Diocese led the prayers and readings and they heard all about The Urswick School in Hackney who are celebrating the 500th Birthday of their school! The group returned to school, tired, but with many wonderful memories to treasure.