We are really pround of the links we have with St Peter's Church. We enjoy visiting church to celebrate special times in the Christian calendar and key moments in the life of the school. These visits are central to the spiritual development of our community.Year 6 also join the church community for Holy Communion once a term and Reverend Katryn leads the development of our school 'Worship Crew'.
Our end of term service is particularly moving, where as well as saying goodbye to our Year 6 pupils, we all take part in the long standing tradition of 'clipping the church'. This event, where we all join hands and make a huge chain around St Peter's, can be found in our log books dating back as far as 1911. Even then, it was described as a 'time honoured custom'
February 20th 1912
'Today (Shrove Tuesday) the old custom of clipping the church was observed. At 12 o'clock the children were taken to the Parish church and massed below the steps whilst the hym ' We love the place Oh God' was sung and prayers said by the vicar.... the children then joined hands and tripped round the church. After giving three cheers the children returned to school and the vicar kindly distributed oranges to them.'
Please join us at our end of year service to experience Cradley 's clipping of St Peter's. Oranges are still given out today!
Reflections on our harvest by Rev Katryn
“This is just so right,” was my thought at the School Harvest Service. “We are teaching our children by our own example here. Let me explain.” “Who is my neighbour?” a young man asked Jesus. We may know the story of the Good Samaritan, which was Jesus’ answer to the question, “Who is my neighbour?” Jesus’ story shows us that our neighbour is anyone in need, near or far.
At our School Harvest Service we had a porch full of food and toiletries which were going to the Foodbank and the Women’s Refuge and then throughout the day we were raising money to provide school meals for Gairo B School in a region of Tanzania that is very hard hit by famine at the moment. Our families have the satisfaction of helping locally and globally. By our example our children are learning to be local and global citizens.
They are also learning that charity has a cost. It involves some sacrifice. I was so touched to hear of our children spontaneously giving of their pocket money to help children like themselves across the globe. It’s not the children of Gairo’s fault that they were born in Tanzania. Neither is it their fault that their region is suffering famine (you may have opinions on the role of global warming in all of this).
We love our neighbour by doing what we can with what we have. We live our values, which build the common good, when we teach our children that neighbours are all sorts of people who live both near and far. The Halesowen Foodbank, the Halesowen Woman’s Refuge and the children of Gairo B, Morogoro, Tanzania will be blessed and so will we in our giving. This was Jesus’ vision. It is ours as a church school in Cradley.