A letter from:
The Reverend Carole Peters, Rector, The Astwell Benefice. www.astwellparishes.org.uk.
The Rectory,The Green, Lois Weedon, NN12 8PN 01327 860798 firstname.lastname@example.org
The School title really says it all:
St Loys Church of England Primary Academy.
With a strong Christian ethos and close links to St Mary and St Peter Parish Church, St Loys is truly a ‘Church School”.
And as Rector of St Mary and St Peter, I am also Chaplain to St Loys.
It is a role I absolutely love!
Whether taking our boisterous Tuesday morning assemblies, preparing pupils in years 5&6 for confirmation or leading school services and hosting school concerts, I am always delighted by the enthusiasm of all the children as well as their willingness to share their growing biblical knowledge and Christian values with me and others.
On a Tuesday mornings we explore these values through enacting a Bible story and then interpreting it for our lives today, prayers suggested by the children then follow. A song is often sung and we end by sharing the grace and a blessing.
There is always a chance to wear a false beard and more often than not the whole school joins in, reconstructing a biblical battle or “crowd” scene from an Old or New Testament story.
I don’t know who looks forward to it more - me or the children!
Whilst the emphasis is always on fun, these “Church Assemblies” also provide space for the children to explore their personal faith and for them to establish a fulfilling prayer life.
On occasion we also explore other themes such as World War One or the conflict in the Middle East, but there is always a chance for the children to participate.
And whatever the subject, input to the prayers comes from all ages.
At the beginning and end of Term, the Tuesday assembly is replace by a short service in Church - weather permitting.
Parents are always invited to join us as we worship together.
Once a month there is also a chance for pupils and their families to join us for our popular Sunday Afternoon Messy Church.
With craft activities, a story, music and a shared party tea this is a popular family friend and “messy” way to introduce the children to ‘Church” outside of school.
You are also welcome at any of our Sunday morning services, with both our Village Praise and Prayer and Parish Communion especially geared towards families.
If your children would like to be confirmed and they are over 10 years old then classes take place during the summer term with Confirmation by the Bishop taking place at a special service before the school breaks up for the summer.
Finally, I am always on hand as a listening ear if needed for pupils, staff and parents, so do call on me anytime about anything- that’s what I’m here for!