A SPECIAL ceremony was held recently in Alcester when six children from St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Alcester carried the Cross of Nails to St Nicholas Church.
There, they met four children from Coughton C of E Primary School who had walked up Alcester High Street to receive the cross.
Both schools had walked with their school banners on display for all to see.
The Cross of Nails is passed from each of the 75 Church of England schools in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire every five years.
It is seen as a symbol of reconciliation, peace, and forgiveness and its history can be traced back to the bombing of Coventry Cathedral during the Second World War.
This year’s event was particularly important as it marked the centenary of the formation of the Diocese of Coventry.
All of the children who were involved in the ceremony spoke the Diocesan Centenary Prayer together, before reciting the Litany of Reconciliation outside of St Nicholas Church.
This marked the end of the official hand over.
Both schools then walked back to St Nicholas Primary School where a special service was held to share the morning’s event with the rest of the school.