We enjoy close links with our church, St Mary's and the wider faith community. We are blessed to have clergy-led worship every Tuesday morning, welcoming Rev Susan McKendrey and Archdeacon Richard Pratt on alternating weeks. We also enjoy members of the church community and Yvette Ladds and Lynn Graham (Solway Network Youth Church) joining us for prayer space reflections and collective worship. Throughout the year, we visit St Mary's Church to hold services where we welcome family members and encourage the wider community to join us in our worship.
Meet our Worship Leaders
Our Worship Leaders plan and deliver collective worship based on the current Christian Value for the half term. We value children having a voice so acts of worship are nurtured and encouraged. Within the worship planning, the group consider something to read, something to listen to, something to see and a prayer.
Examples of work linked to the Christian value of Compassion across the school
Summer term well-being group
This term we have a groups of children working weekly with Yvette Ladds, Paul Rose and Stephen Williams developing their well being through spirituality and nature.
Unfortunately we were still unable to visit church for our annual Easter service. Each class did however make a video to share with the community.
Our focus Christian value theme for this half term has been Perseverance. During the period of national lockdown, Mrs Ormond has continued to deliver Collective Worship for the children in the bubbles in school and also broadcasting these live on Facebook for the children and families at home. The hub children were given the opportunity to participate and lead aspects of the worship. The children had an important role to play, just as Jesus welcomed children and used them as models of faith for his followers.
Twas the week before the Christmas break.......
In the last week before we broke up for Christmas, the whole school focused on the Nativity and reflected on how and why it is important to Christians. Each class made a video to share with our community.
Even though we could not go to St Mary's for our Christingle service this year, we still continued the tradition in school. All of the children made their Christingle and then watched a pre-recorded video from Rev Susan.
We were delighted that Yvette Ladds, from the Solway Network Youth Church delivered individual prayer bags for all of our KS2 children. The contents of the bags provided lots of opportunities for thought and reflection.
As we are unable to attend church this year, each class has created a scene on a window retelling part of the story of Jesus' birth. This has formed a Nativity Trail that each class will follow and explore.
Every year we are always humbled by how generous our school community is in supporting the foodbank based in St Mary's as part of our Harvest Appeal. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept food donations for the North Lakes Foodbank appeal this year but monetary donations of whatever you can afford are most welcome. Please visit https://www.thefoodbank.org.uk/
As we are still unable to attend church, each class has presented a Harvest collective worship to share with the rest of the school and our community.
NISCU Lockdown reflections
Our friends at NISCU are helping us through lockdown by posting a series of videos on YouTube each week which reflect our Christian Values to share with our families. We hope you find them useful in these difficult times.
Experience Easter March 2nd -4th 2020
Over the course of 3 days, all of our classes from Reception through to Year 6 visited St Mary's to visit the Experience Easter stations set up there. The children found out, in age appropriate ways, all about the Easter story and were able to reflect on the feelings of those involved as well as what Easter means for us today as Christians. A big thank you to RevSusan, the Solway Youth Network volunteers and all the helpers at St Mary's for leading this wonderful opportunity.
Crosses From Around The World
Children from each class worked with Miss Lockwood on a very special art project to find out about and then make the many different crosses from around the world. The crosses are now up on display for all to see in school.
Forgiveness Reflection Area
On 27/2/20, Lynn Graham from NISCU worked alongside our worship leaders to create a new reflection area on forgiveness.
Year 4 Swallows Christianity Around the World Project
Our Christianity around the world project is based on the book “Where in the world?”by Martyn Payne.
Year 4 followed Sparkle’s story of migration, we learned that the safest place for a Swallow to perch during migration is the roof of a church. This led us to investigate different Christian churches and traditions around the world. We also looked at prayers from these places.
We found out how Christianity originated in some countries - did you know that it is thanks to the apostle Andrew that Christianity is in Romania, he shared the story of Jesus.
We learned that 77.4% of the population in Argentina is Christian.
We all really enjoyed the investigation and with good team work, we were able to produce these wonderful Pic Collages.
Thankfulness reflection areas
On 16/1/2020, Lynn Graham from NISCU joined our worship leaders to create two new reflection areas on the theme of 'thankfulness'. Lynne and the children created spaces where the pupils can reflect on what they are thankful for and can record their thoughts on the branches of the tree.
Carol Service 2019
On Monday 16th December our children were joined by family members at our annual carol service in St Mary’s Church. The service was led by our Year 3 children who retold the story of the Nativity. Towards the end of the service Rev. Susan talked about the significance of the Christingle before we lit our candles and dimmed the lights in church.
The children in KS2 enjoyed making over 250 Christingle oranges for the carol service to be held on Monday 16th December in St Mary's. Each orange has a red ribbon and sweets/dried fruit on cocktail sticks along with a candle to represent Jesus as the 'light of the world'.
On Wednesday 2nd December, some of our children visited church to decorate a tree as part of the annual Christmas tree festival. Our tree was decorated with stars which each had on them our Christian values.
On Tuesday 3rd December, Rev. Susan and our friends from NISCU came along to deliver a special collective worship. They told the story of the Wise Men in the nativity and how the most special gift we can bring to God is ourselves. We enjoyed hearing the story and reflecting on the message. We also really enjoyed singing 'Little Drummer Boy'.
During 13th and 14th November, we were joined by representatives from St Mary's Church, Solway Network Youth Church and NISCU who worked with the children to access prayer spaces on the value of RESPONSIBILITY. The children visited each station and reflected on their responsibilities to themselves, their friends and family, the community and the world as a whole.
Maryport Schools Remembrance Service
Representatives from our school council joined those from other schools in the town at the annual Remembrance Service. Everyone in school had written a promise to God on a poppy and these were displayed in church. We also laid a wreath in remembrance of those who have sacrificed so much.