Church & Community
We are very proud of our links with St Peter’s Church and also with the Methodist Chapel and St Mary and St James Catholic Church in the village. Our daily worship takes place in the church and our children are familiar and at ease in and around the building. They understand the importance of being pat of this small community of which the church is an important part. The school ends each term with a Celebratory Eucharist Service to which the wider school and community are invited. We also take a leading role in church worship throughout the year and support the following services: Harvest festival, Remembrance Day service, the village carol service, nativity play in the church, Mothering Sunday, St Peter’s festival. We also reflect on each of the key events in the Church year, for example we hold a Lent service each week prior to Easter and celebrate with our annual Easter Egg competition. During Advent our children all have the travelling nativity to stay overnight at their house.
Our pupils in reception are involved in a cross generational project with the Methodist Chapel, meeting each month to take part in reading, craft, music activities and develop friendships and understanding across our village community.
Our school supports the village festival in May. Our children walk in the parade through the village and our children and FOSS run fundraising stalls in the village. Through a lottery grant this year we were able to bring along Mr Wilson’s Second Liners a modern brass band who worked with the children in school and performed with them over the weekend. this was a wonderful opportunity for our children to play with a professional band.
JAM – Jesus and Me – this extra curricular club meets weekly for half a term each term. It is run with volunteers from the community and allows our children to explore their faith through music, drama, prayer and crafts.
Open the Book – this group of ecumenical volunteers help make our worship times very special when they visit through sharing their faith and love of the Bible stories they share with our children.
Thank you to everyone who was able to support our Harvest celebration this year. The children shared their learning about harvest beautifully in St Peter’s church. Bowland class shared a very funny song all about beans, Grizedale class dramatised the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’ which reminded us all of how we should consider those less fortunate than ourselves and finally Nicky Nook shared information about Harvest projects around the world in Honduras and Malawi which are helping communities become more independent.
Our harvest donations have been distributed in the local community, some of the fresh produce has been taken to the food bank in Lancaster where it is prepared into nourishing soup for those in need and the tinned goods have been donated to the food bank in Garstang. Monetary offerings from the service have been given to the Bishop of Blackburn’s Harvest appela to support the projects in Honduras and Malawi. This is truly an example of ‘loving one another as I have loved you’. John 34