Hopes, thanks, and anxieties came together in a special service at Church as children leaving St John’s and St Chrysostom’s schools gathered in celebration of their time at school.
Our celebration began with cildren walking from their schools into church. Several then formed a procession with their heads of school, Mrs Dean and Mrs Francis, teachers, children and church staff too.
Fr Ian welcomed all to church and spoke of his joy that people of different outlooks and faiths could come together in this way from our wonderful church schools.
Mr Bailey, Year 6 teacher, then shared children and teachers’ reflections and children gathered around the newly refurbished prayer tree and wrote their hopes and prayers to be tied to the tree. Some of the children kindly read out their prayers and we listened to other readings including a Bible reading (Philippians 4.4-9). Teachers then came forward and lit a candle for the children of their classes. This concluded with prayers led by Fr Ian.
Finally Mr Elswood, Executive Headteacher encouraged the children to look to the future with hope and anticipation, and reminded them that the church was always there as a place of peace and prayer for all, whatever their faith or background. He thanked staff and children for their work, and thanked church staff too for their welcome and contribution to school life.
Afterwards Mr Elswood remarked: The gathering of the leavers at Church is always a highlight of the school year as we, with our four year six classes, pause to reflect and celebrate the last year. There is so much to be proud of and so much to look forward to. The church service brings a moment of calm reflection at a busy time of the year.