Church and Community Links

At St Mary’s CE Primary School, we understand the importance of developing and maintaining strong links between our school family and the local and wider community.  We cherish our connections through assemblies, helping to maintain the local area, music and drama concerts, special events and maintaining strong links with a local residential home, where the children meet with the residents for music, sporting and social events.

By encouraging our children to take an active interest in their local and wider community, we can help them to grow into positive, active members or our society.

St Mary’s Mucklestone Children’s Church Club

We meet every Wednesday in term-time, in school over the winter, but in church during the better weather, The children learn more about the Christian faith and the Anglican church through games, drama, songs and activities around a Bible story. All pupils from St Mary’s are very welcome – no charge is made as the cost is covered by St Mary’s PCC.

We aim to strengthen the links between St Mary’s School and Church, and encourage the church of the future.

The children are warmly invited to take part in the monthly Family Services held in the church, but there is no pressure to do so. Pupils who do not attend the club are also very welcome to take part on Sundays.

St Mary’s Church Mucklestone

Family Services

Once a month children contribute to a ‘Family Service’ in St Mary’s Church, Mucklestone. The services usually start at 11.15am and sometimes have a special theme such as Christingle or Mothering Sunday.

The children enjoy planning and preparing for the service during our Children’s Church Club and everyone is welcome to attend.

The links between St Mary’s Primary School and Church are an extremely important part of our school ethos and we warmly encourage parents and carers to join the services.

St Mary’s Church, Mucklestone

A warm welcome awaits you at any of the services at 11:15am every Sunday morning.  *Covid-19 restrictions may prevent normal services.

Please visit The Loggerheads Benefice website where you will find details of what we believe, our worship and events.

Children’s Church Club Christmas activities

This is a busy and exciting time for our Club with lots of exciting Advent and Christmas activities.

We usually make two Advent Wreaths – one for church and one for school.

Posada figures of Mary and Joseph are taken home by the children for a night each – a way of remembering that Jesus was born in a borrowed stable not in a comfortable home like ours.

Christingle – St Mary’s pupils make their own Christingles in school in preparation for the service.

The Great British Spring Clean 

As part of the national campaign, children from Class 3 enjoyed a litter pick in Loggerheads which was organised by the Parish Council.  They were all up for the challenge and “picked” high and low to collect bags of rubbish.

Cheswardine Hall Retirement Home

Members of the Children’s Church Club have the opportunity to visit Cheswardine Hall Retirement Home occasionally and enjoy visiting the residents. We often participate in special events such as making Easter Bonnets.

It is a fabulous opportunity for the children to talk with the residents and share stories.

Charities and Community Support

Each Autumn  term we have think about Harvest Festivals and how some Christians respond to God’s goodness to them by serving and caring for other people. A number of visitors to school for collective worship have told us about the organisations they are involved in.  These were:

Sanctus

Do you know there are currently an estimated 59.5 million people displaced around the world.

Sanctus St Mark’s is a support group for refugees and people who are seeking asylum in the UK.

They welcome women, men and children, of all faiths and none without prejudice.

We collected a large amount of produce which has been displayed in the church before being taken by a representative.

Jiggers

Barbara and Brian told us about Jiggers. They are little bugs that bite adult’s and children’s feet in Kenya. Greenfields Africa buys medicine that kills the bugs and they buy shoes for the children so the bugs don’t bite them again. We sold Christmas items with chocolate in them for £1 each – and raised more than £90.00.  That will have healed and helped 18 people.

Market Drayton Foodbank

The foodbank gives people without any money to buy food, free food:

Dry foods such as pasta, beans and noodles

Drinks from concentrated juice

They also need cleaning materials and toiletries

Our collection was gratefully received by the Food Bank representative: Mrs Jane Newton.

In addition to these charities, children also collected Christingle candle money boxes for Save the Children, which will be officially handed over during this week’s Sunday service.

Litter Picking in Loggerheads

Year 5 and 6 enjoyed litter picking in Loggerheads with the parish council.  We had quite a few compliments from members of the public on our hard work and polite children. Several bags of rubbish were collected and the children enjoyed helping their local community.  A job well done!