We are exceptionally fortunate to have our local Church situated next to us. This enables us to visit the Church every week for special services embedding our Christian values in a way that reaches all children. We welcome parents to come along when they can. Services start at 10.10am and end at 10.30am. As children come into Church, they give their offerings into the collection box; the offerings go towards a defibrillator machine our PE Lead is saving for and to help the rural schools in South Africa that we have links with. The act of giving really does help children learn the value of gratitude and encourages an altruistic attitude which aids happiness.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
Message from Our Assistant Church Warden
When our vicar moved to a new appointment in May 2019, I offered to take over the organisation of the school’s Wednesday morning assemblies in St James’ church. I little realised what a privilege and a pleasure it would be to share something of the love of Jesus and the wider values he represents with these wonderful young people.
I am always really impressed by the pupils’ willingness to join in the activities around the different topics and give thoughtful answers to the questions it raises. I have learned a lot from them, and they are a credit to their families and to the school.
I am also grateful to your interim foundation governor, Rev Lindiwe Maseko; our area dean, Peter Farley-Moore; and St James’ organist, Simon Throssell for giving up their time to help me in leading memorable sessions around the Good Samaritan and the feeding of the five thousand; not to mention an entertaining rendition of Michael Jackson’s moon walk to illustrate the generosity of not rushing ahead but maybe pausing to walk backwards and check on someone who might need a helping hand or a kind word.
We will explore different themes each term e.g. in looking at wisdom, we will explore what it means to be wise and why God stresses its importance both in building a right relationship with him and with the people we meet and interact with every day.
Please join everyone at St James Church in praying regularly for the school – the staff, support workers, governors and volunteers who are laying the Christian foundation values in these young people which will empower them to live fulfilled and happy lives.
Christine Price, Assistant Church Warden Parish Church of St James Hatcham.