St Oswald’s Church and Lower Peover Church School
St Oswald’s church, Lower Peover Church School and the “Bells of Peover “, (pub and restaurant ), form the heart of the traditional, rural village of Lower Peover. The church and school are both at their best when they enjoy close and mutually beneficial links. Today these links are as important as ever they were.
I came to the parish, as the Vicar, in April 2005 and was delighted to be warmly welcomed by the school – staff and children alike. The links between us are strong – as a church school there is a financial link and the church is also represented on the governing body of the school. These close links foster a Christian ethos at the heart of the school and enable the children to grow spiritually and deepen their faith.
Worship is important in sustaining and developing faith. There are regular assemblies is school, and the children come into church every Friday morning for an assembly. For me, the Friday assemblies are an opportunity to involve the children so that they learn, in an interactive way, the stories of the Bible and the teachings that underpin Christian spirituality. I find it very rewarding when the children take part and join in, and when, in time, they are able to tell me the Bible stories I’ve told them. It is also a good opportunity for me to learn new music and songs (!) and I eagerly anticipate the school coming into church to celebrate the key festivals of Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
The church enjoys and values its links with the school. The school supports parish life and families and children from the school enrich the church through regular Sunday worship and attending “The Hands Together Club” (our Sunday school, so named because of the famous St Oswald’s hand in the church).
Many of the children at the school grow to realise that the church is “their church” and, as the Vicar, I’ve had the privilege of marrying many ex. pupils; long may it continue!