In collective worship the children learned about Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is a time when Christians say sorry for all the things they have done wrong before the start of Lent
Lent marks the period of 40 days before Easter. In this time we think about Jesus, now he has grown up (no longer the baby we met at Christmas). Aged 30 and at the start of doing the work that God wanted him to do, he went into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. In all that time Jesus did not have any food to eat.
To remember Jesus going without food, Christians have traditionally made Lent a time of fasting, of going without. A lot of people give something up for Lent. Many people gave up rich food and used this up to make pancakes.
During Lent Christians prepare their hearts and minds for Easter. One of the ways they do this is thinking of the ways they have let God down by forgetting him or doing bad things that don’t show his love. Shrove Tuesday, Shrove means to say sorry for all the things you have done, of realising that it was because of all the bad things we had done that God sent Jesus to forgive us.
However saying sorry is not enough if you then go and do the same thing again – and again – the next minute or the next day. I think it means you weren’t really sorry the first time. Saying sorry means that you will try very hard not to do that again.