Our Advent Mission -2019
In September the School Council discussed and decided to select The Bridge St Methodist Soup kitchen as
their chosen charity this Advent.
The Bridge St Methodist Church are very involved in helping rough sleepers have a hot meal/drink at night and also in organizing a food bank. The School Council selected this charity as they thought it was something all our community could help and support in a practical way.
Here is how they did it!
They drew up a Reverse Advent Calendar which they then sent out by parentmail to all families. The Reverse Advent Calendar is a guide to the food stuffs and warm clothes that are needed to run a soup kitchen and foodbank.
Delivery! Here are all the donations safely delivered to Bridge St Methodist Church. Now the donations will be sorted out. Some food will be used for the soup kitchen and other food stuffs will be distributed by the food bank.
We are very proud of the links we have with the school and parish communities and strive to always consider ways in which we can develop this further.
We bridge the links between school and parish by uniting in charitable projects through the St Patrick's Church Liturgy group. This is organised by staff from our school and parishioners to ensure a shared vision.
Over the years, home-school-church have come together in so many ways- Harvest, Advent, Lenten projects- to raise funds and develop pupils' empathy and understanding of supporting those in need. Pupils enjoy taking the lead in organising fundraising events- coffee mornings, Christmas Eve Children's Mass and skipathon to name but a few of the past events.
Both First Holy Communion and Confirmation take place within the parish with catechists from both school and parish coming together to provide our pupils and pupils from other schools and parishes with these sacramental programmes. Do take a look on the parish website for further links in joining these sessions.
'Let the little children come to me'
Our school has a special relationship with its serving parishes: St Georges and St Patrick's. Every Sunday 11 o clock Mass at St Patrick's Church, children's liturgy is held which is lead by our staff Mrs Smedley and Mrs Newton Hewlett and parishioners.
This is a thriving group and provides the link between school, home and Church, Each week, this group illustrates their interpretation of the Gospel to the congregation. For several years, this group has linked with our school's projects to support the parish and wider community. This group also benefits from having Young leaders from Y5/6 and from our feeder school- All Saints leading the group in their vocations.
Come along- You will be made most welcome!
Youth Fellowship Group
With the proceeds of a lottery grant, this group is made up of Y4,Y5 and Y6 pupils from St Patrick's and St Philip's as well as Young Leaders from our feeder school, All Saints. The group meets every half term at St Patrick's and enjoys a range of social activities as they spend time together.
Come along to the next session on Monday 18th March from 6-7.30pm- You will be made most welcome!
St Patrick’s Parish Raffle
Our Young Leaders Parish Ambassadors are working with the Parish Council to raise money to renovate the church hall.
Your generous donations will be much appreciated with the sale of raffle tickets for the Church Development Fund.
Our Young leaders are also busy organising the parish Christmas party!
We have strong links between school, home and the parish. Staff and older pupils attend the Parish council meeting on a monthly basis to co-ordinate projects and ensure events in the Parish and at school are shared and publicised.
During this Advent term, joint projects are: homeless shoe box appeal, raffle tickets for the development fund of the church as well as our young leaders organising children to lead our Christmas eve mass and for the liturgy group to come together socially to celebrate with their Christmas party.
Christ the King
St. Patrick’s church was alive with young people at the National Youth Sunday Mass, celebrating Christ the King. Pupils planned, prepared and led the liturgy of the Mass, created their own offerings and shared their youth vision with the whole parish. We are delighted with the glowing feedback our parishioners gave, celebrating our children, our school and our whole community.