The Parish of the Resurrection
The school lies in the grounds of Saint Lawrence Church. Beyond the obvious locational and historical ties, the school benefits from a strong relationship with the church:
- Regular collective worships taken by members of the clergy
- A collective worship once a week is held in St Lawrence Church
- Celebration of Christian festivals & end of term services - e.g. at Easter we have used the school and church grounds to perform an Easter passion play involving all the children in the school. At Christmas each year, Key Stage 2 perform a Christmas Cantata with a nativity tableau in St Lawrence Church.
- Meetings with the school leadership team
- Use of the Church buildings
- Working with the Anna Chaplain and visiting old people's homes in the local area
- Service after School - an opportunity for parents to bring their children to church to for an informal "Messy Church" style experience
- School Teddy Bears Service - an extension of a service for the Teddy Bear Toddler Service. Our Key stage 1 children come over to church once a month to engage in an informal service with a bible story, singing and prayers.
- Year 6 were involved in an art project where the school's Christian values were the focus and St Lawrence Church now has 3 banners hanging in the church for Love, Compassion & Respect.
- On their last day, Year 6 come to the church in the morning for some quiet reflection, time to be together and to create memories of their time at St Lawrence Church.
- Our Collective Worship Crusaders have the opportunity to meet with our Vicar and a Foundation Governor
- A Foundation Governor goes in weekly to work with Early Years
Thy Kingdom Come 2017 was a national initiative with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York calling us all to prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost. The Parish of the Resurrection organised prayer stations with our curate, Rev. Chris Bradish for each class to visit over Ascension Day. Each prayer station took a line of the Lord's Prayer and at the end, the children said the prayer with their St Lawrence actions. It was a moving experience where the whole school came together in prayer.
CHILDREN FROM ST LAWRENCE C.E. PRIMARY SCHOOL ALTON MEET BISHOP DAVID
On Tuesday 19 April 2016, the St Lawrence Representatives for the Church Council went to Andrew’s Endowed School in Holybourne to meet the Bishop of Basingstoke, David Williams. As well as seeing the Bishop, we also saw Andrew Micklefield, our Vicar. There were other schools there from the surrounding Alton area too.
When we arrived, we were met by two pupils and had lunch together as a Church Council. After lunch, we went out to play and once the bell had rung, we sat down in the Year 6 classroom and waited for Bishop David to come (it didn’t take long). When Bishop David arrived, we went into the spiritual garden and had a photo taken with him (see below). Afterwards, we learnt some interesting facts about Bishop David like: he was brought up in Uaganda (Africa) and he became a Bishop in 2014. We were also able to ask him questions so we asked “Could a woman be an Archbishop?” and “Why do you have special robes?” Bishop David answered all our questions. We thought he was inspirational, funny (he made us laugh) and was a very kind man.
After a lovely long chat, we invited the Bishop to join us for a drink and some biscuits!