A Big Sing – as church schools celebrate creation


undefinedChurch of England primary schools in Wirral took part in a celebration of creation through hymns, instrumental music, reflection and prayers. The Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, attended the �Big Sing' and gave thanks for it.

Children and staff from primary schools across the peninsula schools took part, including those from:  Dawpool, Thurstaston; Woodchurch;  St Peter’s, Heswall; Millfields, Eastham; Christchurch, Birkenhead; Holy Trinity, Hoylake;  Oxton St Saviour’s; Christchurch, Moreton; St Andrew’s, Bebington; Holy Spirit, Leasowe (joint C of E and RC); and Bidston Village school.

All were welcomed to the event, held at Woodchurch High School, by its head teacher  Miss Phillips and by the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair (Bishop of Birkenhead).

Following a beautifully-sung hymn by two pupils from the high school, children from each of the primary schools took turns to read self-penned reflections and prayers on subjects including ‘Beginnings’, ‘Children of the World’, ‘The Creation of the World’, ‘Caring for our World and ‘Letters of thanks to God’.

Each reading was followed by a selection of favourite hymns chosen by the head teachers of the various schools.

The hymns were very ably accompanied by a newly-created church band, led by Ian McDougall, a diocesan schools consultant.

Chris Gilbert (a Christian arts consultant) talked to the children, through the medium of cartoon, about the importance of love and growth.

The celebration, held last month (October 2012), was rounded off with thanks and blessings led by Bishop Keith and the presentation of a ‘baton of prayer’ – a book of prayers that is being passed around the schools.

All who attended the service agreed  it was a very special occasion and a wonderful opportunity for the staff and pupils on Wirral to come together to celebrate their distinctiveness as church school communities.

Pictured above - music at the Big Sing. On guitar is Ian McDougall, a diocesan schools consultant