St Lukes Church has strong ties to Schools in Farnworth & Cronton
Farnworth C of E Primary http://www.farnworthprimary.eschools.co.uk/
With the aim of deepening and strengthening the partnership between church and school there has been a flow of continued faithful activity in 2015. The planning and delivery of Collective Worship is coordinated in partnership between Revd Helen, Sue Smither and school staff, and the Open the Book team continue to deliver an enriching programme of Biblical stories in action both for and with KS1 children. With the assistance of a parent governor and Sue Smither, morning prayer is available for parents once their children have gone into class. The school’s large Ethos group meets weekly, organised by Yr 3 teacher Mr Montieth, and with the valued assistance of Revd Helen and Sue Smither. Farnworth School now enjoys Eucharist services and particularly enjoyed the Easter Experience in church. Religious Education at Farnworth School is regularly monitored and assisted by Revd Helen. Both PCC appointed Foundation governors have been assisting with, and monitoring the implementation of Halton’s newly Agreed Syllabus for RE, and have become members of SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). This is to assist the school in keeping up to date with local and national developments, training and resources for RE. As well as enjoying the continued use of the school building for Church Guild and other activities, many church congregation members support KS2 Collective Worship assemblies by serving refreshments and frequently give feedback to the children, which is a valuable and appreciated part of their learning. There is now an established joint Fairs Committee who plan, consult and organise a shared participation in running the Christmas and Summer fairs. The running of Messy Church Worship sessions in school has become a very welcome contribution to the school’s ethos and vision, and it is very enjoyable for the Messy Church team to welcome the Headteacher as a craft helper on these occasions. Most of all, the strengthening partnership between school and church bears witness to the growing confidence of children at the school to explore their faith openly, and to ask challenging questions of church members, and also to feel comfortable and welcome in their many visits into church, lead prayer and participate in All Age Worship. This is also evident in the opportunities that children have gained in having an important voice in the partnership, in activities such as being able to organise the journey of the Posada and the many opportunities for the school choir to be present and have a chance to shine at key events in school and in church.
Cronton C of E Primary https://cronton.wordpress.com
Reverend Lynn McIver leads weekly worship and the Ethos Group. In November Bishop Paul visited Cronton School after Lily Grace, a pupil at the school wrote to him with an invitation to visit. The Ethos group led a beautiful worship service on Hope.
Lunts Heath School http://www.luntsheathprimary.co.uk
Reverend Helen is a regular visitor to the school to lead Collective Worship as well as leading individual classes on specific topics when requested, and in facilitating School visits into church several times a year as part of the school’s curriculum.