Mrs Graham, our Headteacher, leads us in worship every day. We join together as a school community to reflect in an atmosphere of Peace and Respect. Bible readings are used to help us to learn how we can live our school values. A combination of music, song, drama, artefacts and storytelling bring the worship to life for the children.
Father Steve and Father Max welcomed us for a special Eucharist service which also taught us about the importance of Candlemas, when Jesus went to the temple as a young baby. Our Year 6 children helped to lead the worship in their role as servers. They gave the readings and led us in prayer, as well as bringing the Bread and Wine to the Communion table.
All of the children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 created a wonderful and reflective atmosphere in St Mary’s Church. Each class excellently performed their Choral reading , sharing key Bible passages to tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Christmas Carols were sung by the whole congregation and the choir also performed, before Mrs Graham shared her Headteacher’s address.
Father Steve and Father Max welcomed us to St Mary's Church to celebrate Advent. We also included a Eucharist in the worship, which meant that the children who had recently completed their First Communion could join us in taking the Bread and Wine. Our team of servers helped to lead the Worship. We lit the special Advent candle and learned about why this is such an important time of year for Christians. Many thanks to School Governor Mr Stringfellow, who joined us to play the organ.
We enjoyed a wonderful day of activities to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali. Each class enjoyed a dance workshop, children created Rangoli patterns using a variety of different media, we made Diya lamps and children had the opportunity to receive a Henna tattoo. The day ended with a whole school worship where we learned the story of Rama and Sita and why it is so important for Hindus. We also watched a dance as our best performers from each class came together to entertain us.
Father Max led us in a very special Harvest worship as we gave thanks for all that we have in the world. Thank you to all of our families, who very generously donated a record breaking amount of food and toiletries, especially given the challenging times we are living in. All of the contributions will be shared with those most in need in our local community.
The children confidently sang three special Harvest songs and Year 6 delivered the readings and prayers. During the worship, Father Max taught us how bread is made before blessing a very special harvest loaf, kindly baked by one of our School Governors, Kate Riches. Back at school, every child in our school community was offered a delicious piece of the Harvest loaf, as we shared one bread together.
On the final day of the school year, we celebrated our amazing children by handing out certificates for academic attainment and progress, sports stars, school council and faith group as well as recognising children who demonstrate our school values. One special student in Year 6 was chosen to receive a 'Sparkle' award kindly donated by the Jimmy Mizzen Foundation.
A very special worship to say a special farewell to our amazing Year 6 class was held in St Mary's Church. The worship was led by Father Steve and Father Max and attended by parents, clergy and governors. Many thanks to Mr Stringfellow for coordinating the music. The service provided an opportunity to appreciate our amazing Year 6 class and all they have achieved at St Mary's, as well as wishing them well for the future. Each child received a Bible as a gift before enjoying photos on the Church steps.
A Week of Worship at St Mary's
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