Earlier this year Birmingham’s Diocesan Vocations Office ran a competition open to all pupils in the area’s schools for the Year of the Word – The God Who Speaks.
The brief was simple: create a scene in Lego that shows vocation in the Bible.
A spokesperson for the archdiocese said the response from the children had been astonishing: “We were overwhelmed with entries from the primary and secondary schools the length and breadth of the archdiocese of Birmingham.
“The creativity shown and links to scripture were outstanding, demonstrating a fantastic understanding of how God’s call to men and women in the accounts in the Bible also speaks to each of us of his beautiful plan to follow him today.”
Unfortunately, judging and awarding of prizes was delayed by lockdown, but the winners have now been announced:
Overall Winner: Patrick Sherlock, St Anthony’s Primary, Leamington Spa.
Runners-up: Eliza Perry, St Brigid’s Primary, Northfield, Birmingham.
Andrei Ungureanu, St Anthony’s Primary, Leamington Spa.
Jane McSharry, headteacher of St Anthony’s, said: “We are so excited and immensely proud that two of our pupils were announced as winners of the Vocations Lego competition.
“Patrick from Year 4 won first prize for his creation reflecting on Zacchaeus’ call to follow Jesus. Patrick was ecstatic to win a fabulous LEGO set – Fr Leopold Celebrates Mass – which came all the way from America!
“He also received an exceptionally beautiful Latin/English Bible for School which will be cherished and used by our pupils for years to come.
“It was wonderful in this time of darkness to have this light of Christ shone on our school and our children and we want to thank the Archdiocese of Birmingham Vocations Office for this opportunity.”
The Diocesan Vocations Office will be holding another competition for schools in spring 2021.
If any schools would like a visit from the Vocations team, get in touch at [email protected] or visit their website
Picture: Deacon Owen Gresty, Vocation Promotion Outreach Fieldworker, presenting prizes to the winning pupils from St Anthony’s – Patrick, holding his prize, and Andrei.