Church School Links
The school works closely with St Michael's Church, and each year group visits the church at least once a year. Visits include Christmas, Easter, Harvest and Leavers' services. You can see pictures of some of these activities below. Many of our children attend the regular 'Messy Church' sessions held at the Old School Rooms.
At the end of each year, the church puts on a special day for the children in year 6. In the morning they come to the church rooms and rotate around three activities relating to the past, present and future: thinking about their time at St Michael's and painting memories onto a balloon shape, fun and games with the youth team and writing prayers to give God their worries about the changes they face. The prayers are tied to helium balloons to be released after the service in the afternoon. There is a break for snacks, on the green if it is sunny, halfway through the morning.
In the afternoon there is the church service. The church is decorated with the artwork from the morning and the helium balloons. Songs accompanied by dances, flags and streamers, a talk and the children's prayers create a colourful and enjoyable service.
After the service, the children take a balloon each onto the green and wait for a final prayer.
Each balloon has a prayer tied to it, the balloons are released to represent the prayers going to God and the children going their separate ways on leaving St Michael's School.
Messy Church takes place on the first term time Wednesday of each month. Many children from the school attend and enjoy an hour of craft activities, a short church service and a delicious meal.
Year 5 children visit the church every year for an Easter Experience where they have activities that help them to understand the with the different parts of the Easter Story.
Year 4 enjoy The Christmas Experience which is held for them each year in St Michael's church. Church members explain the different parts of the nativity and lead activities that help the children to understand and engage with the story.
Year 2 children enjoy using the church for their Christmas Carol Services.
Year 1 visit St Michael's Church to learn about the things inside the church and what they are used for.
Year 5 led a wonderful harvest service for parents in the new St Michael's Church Centre.