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St. Alkmunds Gallery.

Year 6 Pentecost visit

The Clergy at St Alkmund’s

Rector:  The Revd Canon Dr Judy Hunt

Revd Judy moved here in the summer of 2012. She was ordained in 1991 and has served in parishes on the Wirral and in south Cheshire, followed by other posts with wider responsibilities for clergy training and parish development.

Revd Judy is involved in school in a number of ways. These include leading Services in school and for the school in Church, teaching occasional RE classes and being a School Governor. At one Governor meeting each term, she leads a short session on how the School’s Core Values are underpinned by the Christian faith and how they relate to the role of Governors.

Curate: the Revd Rich Clarkson

Revd Rich moved here in the summer of 2014, following his ordination. He is taking the Wednesday weekly whole-school time of Collective Worship. Although he is a ‘curate-in-training’ (a bit like an apprentice!), Rich brings much experience; he was a schools’ music worker before training for ordination. In the early part of the 2015 Autumn term, he worked with a small group of children who then joined the Church choir for our main Harvest Service. We hope to repeat this for other special services.

He also teaches occasional RE classes.

Church School Relationship

There is a close and fruitful relationship between St Alkmund’s Church and WJS. The children speak of it as ‘their’ church - as do many of their parents and grandparents who grew up in the town.

The relationship is kept strong by mutual involvement – the church in the school and vice versa. Examples of this include the acts of Collective Worship and Governor role mentioned above, but much more too. The Chair of Governors, Jane Rylands, is a committed member of St Alkmund’s and is currently training to be a Reader. She leads the “Experience” sessions in which each class comes up to church and works in small groups to learn more about the main Christian Festivals in an interactive way. Church members join in to lead these small groups. Year 3s come for Harvest, year 4s for Christmas, year 5s for Holy Week and Easter and year 6s for Pentecost.

The Church hosts the three end of term services for the School. The RE teaching mentioned above may be held in School or on Church.

The School joins in with raising money for the Children’s Society in Christingle Collection candles and some come to the Christingle Service in Church.

In recent years, two Year 6 children have read at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.