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Sketch of school books, etc.

   



Sketch of a child at a desk

Schools


We are happy to arrange visits of school groups to St Laurence’s Adwick or to St Michael and All Angels, Skelbrooke.  The Rector and a schools team are available to talk to school groups and to do assemblies. All church members who interact with children have up to date CRB clearance.

Schools have come to the church to:

  • celebrate the Christian festivals
  • mark significant events (e.g. school leavers)
  • learn about local and national history
  • interact with the community
  • perform concerts and school services
  • exhibit art work produced by the students

A visit to church can cover many aspects of the curriculum.

Religious and social education - students can hear about Christian worship today and through the ages by experiencing ancient and modern texts and music. Christian festivals are celebrated and the Christian story is told.

Art and design - students have sketched the church inside and outside - we have some interesting architecture, fine stained glass windows, communion vessels and vestments.

History - can be supported by illustrating Christian history through the artefacts found in church, and by looking at the architecture.  The church is a medieval building and was visited by our local holy man, Richard Rolle, who lived in the fourteenth century as a hermit in Hampole.  Students will see the famous Washington tomb with the Elizabethan carved figures of man and wife and their twelve children. Local history may be supported by a visit to the cholera monument, looking at church records, exploring the graveyard and investigating how the church building has changed over the centuries.

Visits can be supported by quizzes and treasure hunts.  They may be facilitated or guided by a church member or teacher led.

A Science visit can also be arranged - how does an arch hold up? - why is some stone eroding more than others? - how was a church tower built? - where does the sound come from in an organ? etc.

We can also offer a quiet time and sacred space.  Our churches are unique places of peace where we can sit and wonder and allow our souls to breathe.  Holiness is something that children can and do appreciate and it is the simple things such as lighting a candle that are remembered long after the visit.