At Tilstock C of E Primary School we place huge importance on our continued relationship with our local Parish Church. We are very proud that our pupils regularly have opportunities to attend outings to our neighbouring Christ Church in Tilstock, just a short walk down the road, which helps to further develop the religious education taught in the classroom which is an integral part of our school philosophy.
We are immensely grateful to the members of the Church community, who help us to uphold our strong Christian ethos by generously giving up their time. Services are often chaired by Reverend Elaine Atack, a member of the Church community.
The students are heavily involved with the key services and events. Specifically around Easter, Harvest and Christmas. The children really enjoy listening to bible readings, learning hymns and taking part in readings, which upholds strong Christian stories and morals.
Pupils regularly attend Holy Communion; in this special service together as a school we worship God and receive some of his many blessings. We will sing His praises, hear His Holy Word, speak to Him in our prayers and remember the Last Supper, when Jesus shared bread and wine with his friends. Pupils are then invited to come to the altar rail to receive the bread and wine of Communion (if pupils have been confirmed) or to be blessed by name. The wonderful thing about this service is that we can take the feeling of God being close to us home afterwards, to share with others.
The words are rooted in the Christian Faith and highlight the importance of TOLERANCE, RESPECT, LOVE AND FORGIVENESS – held together by the importance of prayer.
Our core values:
Learning to recognise God as a God of joy.
Learning to appreciate and value all that we have – so freely given to us by God.
““Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven.” (Matthew 5.12)
Learning to have hope
Being thankful for our special God-given gifts and talents and learning to use them wisely in order to “shine and reach for the stars”.
““Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident!
Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1.9)
Learning about our Faith and our belief in the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
Learning to be true disciples and messengers of Christ’s love – helping and enabling others to believe.
““Believe in God and believe also in me…I am the way, The truth, And the life.”(John 14)
Recognising and the excitement of the journey of learning and discovery and what it can lead to.
Through Faith, learning how to treat people, how to behave and how to live a more fulfilled life.
““Do yourself a favour and learn all you can; Then remember what you learn and you will prosper.” (Proverbs 19.8)
Recognising that everyone is capable of achieving something. We are all different and have different strengths.
Every achievement is valued and celebrated.
Learning to persevere to overcome challenges.
““Do not neglect the gift that is in you ..Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.” (1 Timothy 4. 14,15)
Learning to care for each other and encourage one another.
Learning to recognise that we are all made in God’s image and sharing His love with others – being “the light of Christ” in the world.
““And so encourage one another and help one another ….” (1 Thessalonians 5.11)
Learning to find the quiet times to think and reflect in order to find meaning in things.
Learning to know ourselves and become the people God wants us to be.
Learning to be prayerful.
““Just as water reflects the face, so one human heart reflects another.” (Proverbs 27.19)
We hope that these opportunities allow students to grow spiritually which is an important aim of our school. Below you will find a timetable highlighting our current worship plan.
Tilstock Worship Plan
Please see or worship plan here
Celebrating our Church
Sam Johnson – Curate
Sam is the new curate (like a vicar-in-training) for the group of parishes of Fauls, Tilstock and Whitchurch and in the area for the next 3 years. As part of his time here he is spending time in our school including doing collective worship.
Sam is married to Leah and has three young children, 8, 5 and 2. Sam grew up in Lichfield before heading off to study theology in Malvern. Most recently Sam worked as an Activity co-ordinator for a dementia care home in Bath and has been a children and families worker for a large church. In his spare time Sam enjoys spending time outdoors, with his family or watching American sit-coms with Leah. He also plays the ukulele and has several puppet friends.
Sam says: “I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you over the next few years and spending time in the school, or with you in the church. I hope that I can show each of you how important you are to God and how He sent His son Jesus to help us to get to know God better.
If you see me around the school or the village I’d love to stop for a chat, and in particular I love to hear jokes, since mine aren’t very good!”
During lockdown Sam has been providing school with videos for the children to watch at home so that they can continue to learn about our theme for worship. Here is an example of him discussing one of the themes ‘perseverance’.