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Yorkshire Christians Make Boy, 7, Eat The Word ‘Sorry’

by | 25th, July 2011

THE allegation is that Luis Mullen, 7, was made to write an apology to “repent his sins” and then eat it. Mum Celia Mullen says that when members of a “happy clappy” church visited her son’s classroom at Ainderby Steeple primary school, Northallerton, North Yorks, he was introduced to unusual ideas.

She says the evangelical New Life Baptist church’s “Kidzone Roadshow” affected her boy so much that he now refuses to sleep on his own and once drew a picture of the Devil. He also drew a picture of an Angel.

You can see him holding up his art work. Anorak suggest that he eats them (or bins them) – the Devil looks not a lot unlike Batman (force of good) while the Angel – note the piggy eyes and sharp teeth – is the stuff of Cliff Richard’s nightmares.

Mum is upset. She recalls this exchange when he returned from school:

Luis: “Mum, why do I have to say sorry?”
Celia: “What do you mean? Did you do something wrong at school?”
Luis: “We had to eat a piece of paper with the word ‘sorry’ on it.”

He cries.

“I comforted him and asked him why he thought he might have had to say sorry and he said he just didn’t know.

Mum has now pulled her son from the school. The Mirror says headteacher Fiona Sharp worships at the New Life church, according to her posts on Facebook.

Indeed, readers…Facebook, that apogee of the Devil and his devilish ways.

A quick search of the web, introduces us to the New Life Church:

Welcome to our lively, evangelical, charismatic church in Northallerton, the beautiful county town of North Yorkshire. We are a community of over 300 people of all ages and backgrounds.

All backgrounds…in an Evangelical Church?

We would love to welcome you on a Sunday to one of our services, and hope you enjoy looking through our site which gives a window into some of the things we do.

You can resist the lure of charasmatic evangelists – who do exists? It’s KAOS!

K.A.O.S. Kidzone runs after school clubs in many of the schools in and around Northallerton. Look out for the Kidzone team at your school.

The Kidzone Roadshow travels around most of the primary schools in Northallerton and some in the villages with an exciting programme of drama, music and games.

Stay tuned for this year’s theme and programme of schools. The Kidzone Roadshow takes place in the Summer term.

The school is Church of England, featuring the Rev. R.J. Glover on its board. The CoE website tells us of its “Mission”:

The Church of England is called, as are all Churches, to carry forward the work that Jesus Christ began in all aspects of the life of people in society. Jesus said to those who followed him ‘As the Father has sent me, so do I send you.’

The Mission and Public Affairs division (MPA) oversees how that calling is carried out at the national level of the Church of England in evangelism, development of parish congregations, internationally through the work of the world mission agencies – and in rural and urban situations.

It’s hard to see how the alleged eating of sins does not sit with the school’s ethos? It’s prospectus states:

“As a Church school, Christian values are reflected in all that we do as a school family”

It all depends what those Christian values are. Might they be open to interpretation..?



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