We have a very active and close relationship with Charles Kingsley's CE School.
Clergy and lay members of our church help each week to lead Collective Worship, either individually or as part of our Open The Book team. Open The Book is a nationally recognised scheme for telling Bible stories, produced by the Bible Society and acted out by local people.
At key points in the year, such as:
the whole school, or a part of it, walks to St Mary's for Collective Worship, welcoming parents to witness the children lead worship under the guidance of their teachers. The school choir and senior teachers, also help to lead Sunday worship on the 1st Sunday in Advent.
Children's boots and shoes line the path after walking to St Mary's
Both clergy and some other lay members of our church support the school as Foundation Governors, and some share with parents of all denominations in the school Prayer Group that meets half-termly.
We are currently working with the leadership of Charles Kingsley's CE School to explore in what further ways the mission of the church to the local community can be linked with the way the school works with people living in the area.