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St. Michael's as a Church of England School

 

We are proud to be a Church of England school, forming part of Bath & Wells Diocese. Supported by our Christian Ethos & Christian Values, we aim to provide a loving, enriched environment for children of all faiths and beliefs.

 

We have strong links with our local churches - St. Andrew's and St. Michael's. We contribute to their services and hold our own special services in both churches. Various church members lead our worships once a fortnight. On other days of the week worship is led by the teaching staff and sometimes by the children themselves. The children play an active part in worship but there is also time for stillness, reflection and prayer. We also hold ‘Wow Worships’. This is a time when parents are invited into school to join with us as we celebrate and give thanks for the children’s achievements.

In addition, we are proud to engage with our local community and church, supporting their charity events, offering our hall for hire, inviting the villagers and parishioners into school as part of our Family Learning Days, and Christmas community Singalong.

Welcome from our Church School Co-ordinator

 

My name is Mrs Chisling

I have worked in schools for the past 8 years and am delighted to have been welcomed into the St Michael's team. As the Church School Co-ordinator I have the opportunity to use my firm Christian beliefs to be the link between the church and our school. In every aspect of my job I adore watching and supporting the children grow, and each Christian festival fills me with so much pride as I listen to the children sing and the parents smile with joy.

Spirituality at St. Michael's CofE First School

 

At St. Michael's we believe that there are three distinct strands to our understanding of spirituality.

These are: 

  • a feeling of unexplained peace and joy;
  • a feeling that longs to connect with the beauty of God's creation;
  • and each of us has our own spirituality which is a gift to use and develop, a gift to grow and nurture.

Two Churches - One Family

When there is a religious celebration such as Christmas and Easter all the children at St Michael's C of E First School visit either St Andrew’s Church or St Michael's Church to participate.  We have approximately six additional services a year.

 

Father Simon, our parish priest has recently been appointed to the Diocese of Truro and, therefore, we are supporting the parish in the recruitment of a new parish priest. Meanwhile we are very lucky to have our weekly church worship officiated on a rota basis by the following: Jules (the parish children and families worker), Lynne (Exmoor Youth Project), Jess (Exmoor Youth Project). We are extremely grateful to have such a great, supportive church family.

Several members of the St Michael's and St Andrew's congregation are also actively involved in the school and act as foundation governors on our Parent & Community Governance Group (PCG).

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