"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
Barton St Peter's, is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, which means that the church and the Christian faith have a high profile in all that we do.
We are very proud of being part of the Church School family. Our values underpin all that we do and are shared with the whole school community. We have a close relationship with the local church St Mary's; we take our distinctiveness as a Church School seriously and set great strength by the quality of the relationship within our community.
The Y6 pupils take an active part in the Church Schools Festival at Lincoln Cathedral in the summer term with Y5 having their own similar festival at St.Mary's. We attend our local church for services at Harvest, Christmas, Candlemas and Easter in addition to our act of worship being delivered at the church at least once per term.
We also visit local churches to support our RE and PSHE curriculum.
Local clergy and faith leaders regularly visit our school and we have close links with our Bishop's visitor, all of whom regularly lead collective worship.
Collective Worship at St Peter's
Our worship rota follows a varied programme of opportunities for all children and adults to engage with God, if they wish.
Monday is a whole school worship delivered by the teachers on a rota. This is our first gathering of the week and a time to come together as a family.
Tuesday Worship is led by Miss Brack and Mr Danson. Wednesday is our visitor worship where we welcome visitors from many faiths and organisations to lead. Our newest visitors are the Imam from the mosque in Scunthorpe and Mr Carr from the Evangelical church.
Thursdays is class worship where we gather in our classrooms to reflect on the messages from the week.
Friday worship is led by the Worship Council. This group of children lead on all aspects of Friday worship and evaluate the week.
Half termly we hold a celebration worship where we celebrate our lights shining with family and friends.
Our worship areas always reflect the colours and thoughts of the liturgical year.
Barton St Peter's Church of England Primary School enjoys a special church school status and has a close relationship with the parish church of St.Mary's and the many clergy who work there.
This means that we appreciate the church message of 'faithful.confident.joyful' from the Diocese of Lincoln and try and strive to incorporate this into all that we do as a school.
From the moment the children join us they are welcomed by a gift of Bible stories and as they leave us in Year 6, they continue life's learning and faith journey with a Good News Bible from the school. This year Mrs Wright, our Bishop's Visitor presented these special gifts, along with her very special friend Bishop Bear.
Support in the community
Our school is proud of the work we do to support the local community and how we engage in social action.
This year we have been supporting the Mission to Seafarers who provide emotional support to sailors far from home and also provide treat packages. Our harvest appeal collected items that the sailors need to give them a little comfort on their travels. Father Jake and Father Ivan, chaplains to the seafarers, came in to talk to us about the work they do and how important our support is.
Barton Area Food Bank
In our entrance we have a collection point for the local food bank. Our church school community has provided many kilograms of food for this collection. Mrs Wind works at the food bank and feeds back to us how valuable our support is.