May news round-up: Archbishop visits Isle of Man

Events in Onchan, Ormskirk, Burscough

Archbishop makes Isle of Man visit
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon visited the Isle of Man last month to take part in the pastoral area Holy Hour service at St Anthony's Church, Onchan. The Archbishop was joined there by the recently appointed Church of England Bishop of the Diocese of Sodor and Man, the Right Revd Peter Eagles and his wife Gail (pictured along with Monsignor John Devine, the area dean). Bishop Peter took part in the Holy Hour service which drew parishioners from across the island.

This was Archbishop Malcolm's first meeting with Bishop Peter and prior to the service they had dinner together with the priests of the island at St Mary's parish in Douglas. 

St Anne's welcomes Archbishop for Easter play
Year 3 children from St Anne's Primary School in Ormskirk were honoured to have a very important guest in the audience for their annual Easter production. Every Easter the Year 3 children retell the story of Holy Week and this year they decided to invite Archbishop Malcolm to come and watch. They issued the invitation early in the spring term and to their delight received a response after February half-term informing them that His Grace was available on the day of their meditation, Wednesday 21 March.

Along with parents and grandparents, the Archbishop took his place in the audience – but only after visiting the children beforehand to wish them luck for their retelling of the Easter story, which included songs from Abba, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Rag'n'Bone Man. Afterwards Archbishop Malcolm toured the school and met staff and pupils from other year groups.

Putting faith into action ... with a First Aid course
By Rebecca Moss, aged 11, from St John the Evangelist parish, Burscough
 During our Faith in Action group session over the Christmas holidays, we were discussing the Good Samaritan. The way he helped a stranger on the roadside inspired us to think about what we could offer in a similar situation. We thought that one way to be prepared to help other people would be to attend a First Aid course, and consequently the Faith in Action leader in our parish arranged for such a course to take place in our parish hall on 3 March. The course was open to all parishioners, including members of our Faith in Action group.

The event took the whole morning but it went by very quickly because we were taught so many things that may help in an emergency situation. For example, we learned about cuts, bruises, stings, burns, choking, allergic reactions and collapse. As well as theory, we also had practical sessions where we practised applying bandages. Moreover we learned how to assess an unconscious person and where to locate defibrillators – and then took turns using a defibrillator training machine. At the end of the course, we each received a certificate and a handbook to take away with us. I really enjoyed the training session and would now feel more confident about offering assistance if I came across a First Aid or emergency situation.