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St Mary's Church of England Primary School is Outstanding

Date: 30 March 2017

The Christian distinctiveness and effectiveness of St Mary's, the local Church of England Primary School which we co-sponsor, has just been judged as 'outstanding'. The inspection report highlighted the way in which:

  • Christian values underpin the school and are evident in every aspect of its life and work. They inspire the excellent compassionate relationships between and among adults and pupils and make real the school’s motto, ‘Learning together in God’s love’.
  • Collective worship is at the heart of the school, affirming all who attend and inspiring pupils to works of Christian compassion.
  • Religious Education (RE) is afforded high importance in the school’s curriculum so that it engages pupils with an understanding of faith and belief.
  • The headteacher, key staff and governors share and articulate an ambitious Christian vision for the school that informs policy and practice.
  • The strong threefold partnership between the school and the two parish churches makes for an effective and cohesive association that is a beacon of Christian love to the community it serves.

The Revd Nicholas Pye, Vicar of St Paul’s and a Foundation Governor of the School, said: “I am delighted at this ringing endorsement of the school's Christian character, which is thoroughly deserved. The partnership between the school and the sponsoring parishes and the role of the clergy was one strength among many that was highlighted. Developing the links between the school and St Paul’s and the school’s Christian character has been one of the hallmarks of my ministry and I am pleased to see the way in which this has been recognised and affirmed.”  

Easter Experience RE Workshops

Date: 29 March 2017

This week we ran Easter Experience workshops for five classes of Year 5 pupils (aged 9-10) from St Mary's CE, Manorside and Tudor Primary Schools. This is an imaginative approach to helping children experience Easter through interactive stations set up in different parts of the church. A team of people, ably led by the Revd Mavis Crispin, our associate vicar, guided small groups of children around each station to enable them to explore the story and significance of Holy Week and Easter. As a takeaway gift, each child was given an Easter Comic with high-quality illustrations and text, together with quizzes, puzzles, facts and information to help them engage in the story more fully.

The Revd Nicholas Pye, Vicar of St Paul’s, said: “I am delighted that we were able to welcome some 150 children and their teachers and other adults to our church building for Easter Experience. This workshop is an established part of the programme we offer to primary schools to assist them in providing outstanding Religious Education, that includes a knowledge and understanding of Christianity as a living faith which influences the lives of millions of people worldwide. It is clear from the feedback we have received that it was well appreciated.”

South Sudan Famine Appeal

Date: 23 March 2017

Last month, the United Nations highlighted how the devastating reality of famine has hit parts of South Sudan affecting 100,000 people. This is the first time in six years that anywhere in the world has reached this level of food insecurity.

In response to this news, the people of St Paul’s have given gifts to the value of £2,233 which have been sent to TearFund to support the work of its church partners in South Sudan. This includes providing children and pregnant and lactating mothers with treatment for malnutrition, along with nutrition and hygiene education, whilst providing boreholes along with training in safe water use, as well as food assistance to displaced people in the capital Juba.

The Revd Nicholas Pye, Vicar of St Paul’s, said: “This is a desperate situation for South Sudan to be facing and I am very grateful to everyone who has contributed to this appeal as the need for food, clean water and nutrition assistance is urgent. It is a tangible example of Christians putting their faith into action and I pray that those who benefit from these gifts may also know the greatest gift of all, the gift of life that comes to us in Jesus Christ.’

Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency which has a global network of local churches that are committed to help eradicate poverty. It is a member of the UK Disasters Emergency Committee.

Generous Gift given by St Paul’s to TearFund's Christmas Appeal

Date: 22 January 2017

TearfundWe recently sent a cheque for £1,677 to TearFund to support its Recipe for Life Initiative in Burundi, which aims to relieve the suffering of some of the 1.3 million children under 5 suffering from acute malnutrition.  

This gift comes from the money given in the offerings at our 2016 Christmas services. A big thank you to those who contributed! Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency which has a global network of local churches that are commited to help eradicate poverty. It is a member of the UK Disasters Emergency Committee.

The Revd Nicholas Pye, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the invaluable work of TearFund and its church partners in Burundi as they save children's lives and offer hope and healing in the name of Jesus, the one who brings fullness of Life to all who trust in him.'


Mission Partner from Peru makes week long visit to St Paul's

Date: 04 December 2016

Stoker Family

Mission Partner from Peru makes week long visit to St Paul's

We have been pleased to welcome Dave Stoker to St Paul’s over the last week. Dave, a former member of St Paul’s, and Kay and their children, are based in Cusco, Peru, where they work as LatinLink mission partners with the Evangelical Church of Peru.

During his time with us, Dave shared in a range of church activities, led an act of collective worship at St Mary's CE Primary School, shared in our Christmas Experience RE workshops for one hundred and twenty 7-8 year olds and participated in Sunday worship.

The Revd Nicholas Pye, Vicar of St Paul’s said: “It was great to have Dave with us recently. It enabled us to hear about his contribution to the work and witness of the church in Peru and reminded us of the significant numerical and spiritual growth of the Church in the Global South, where the majority of Christians in the world live. This visit has strengthened the links between the Church in Peru and ourselves and we pray that this partnership will develop as the Stoker family continue to live and work in Peru.”

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