As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School we work in very close affiliation with the local Parish Church, St Peter and St Paul Upton-upon-Severn. Currently there is no resident Vicar and we are being supported by the Reverend Chris Moss, the rural Dean who is also sitting on our Governing Body. In September we look forward to welcoming the Reverend Barry Unwin who is currently the Vicar of St James New Barnet in the Diocese of St Albans. Barry is married to Carol and they have six children, three of whom will be joining our school community, Peter (3), Solomon (7) and Lois (9).
Our Church is a very important part of school life within Upton. We regularly hold our end of term worships within the Church and also take part in many activities that are based within the Church. Any other special events which we celebrate within school are also held in the Church, such as a celebration of Mothering Sunday when we all remember our Mother Church. The children within school are aware that our Queen is the head of the Church of England and as such leads us in worship for the King she serves.
We are currently planning for the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday and as a part of this we will be looking at the book which focuses on the Queen’s Christian faith (The Servant Queen and the King She Serves ).
The Church supports us within school in a variety of ways. We have regular visits from the Open the Book team who share with us the Bible stories that bring to life our Christian values that we support as part of the ethos that makes us a distinctively Christian environment. There is a ‘Messy Explorers Church’ club that runs in school on a Monday evening that is open to all and members of the local Church community take an active part in our celebration assembly each Thursday afternoon when we celebrate a variety of achievements through the children, whether these be academic or personally and spiritually fulfilling. Our emphasis is always on working together as a team and supporting each other with the same philosophy that Jesus worked throughout his life. His disciples supported him in all he did. In our school we take lessons from Geese to celebrate our uniqueness and our special achievements with the children voting for each other according to who has been particularly kind and caring during the week. In this way we tie the important essence of what being a Christian means to us with the way Jesus and the disciples supported each other. If you wish to have any information at all on Services or activities that take place within the Church Community please follow this link – St Peter and St Paul Upton-upon-Severn Church.