All Saints' Church - A Welcome

All Saints’ Church and Wraxall School 

It is wonderful to be part of the close link between All Saints’ Church and Wraxall School. From school you can see church and form church you can see school and that feels very comfortable. The school uses the church car park and each morning many of the children make their way to school through the churchyard and when anyone is working in the office at the Cross Tree Centre there are often waves exchanged especially if Maisie my dog is there too!

Every Monday morning Frances or I lead collective worship in the school hall with the help of the Crew who help us ‘steer the ship’ as we explore together the Christian values of the week through stories, songs and prayers. I’m often at the school gate on Tuesdays meeting and greeting.

Each term there are opportunities for the whole school or classes to come to church to explore aspects of the Christian year or to explore further ideas from the RE course. This is planned with class teachers and the RE coordinator. We begin the year with the Welcome service and end with the Leavers service. The school Christmas production at church is always a wonderful start to our Christmas festivities.

Once a month Messy Church is held in the Cross Tree Centre after school where families come together to explore stories from the Bible through words, songs, crafts and of course food. Messy Church run the Chocobola stall at the school fairs! We have an All Together In Church (ATIC) service on the first Sunday of each month at 10am to which all are invited and often the children take part.

We hope that all of these opportunities help to build relationship, encourage community and give opportunities for pastoral care to be offered to parents, pupils and staff if required. We also want to be an encouraging and useful resource for staff, pupils and parents as we work together to equip our amazing children for the future. What a privilege.

Fran Binding (Rector Parish of Wraxall with Failand)