3000 attend Year 6 leavers' services
28 July 2016 IN: Schools
Due to overwhelming demand, for the first year ever we held five Year 6 Leavers’ Services throughout June and July.
June’s services were held at Manchester Cathedral and the final service in July at Bolton Parish, in total around 3,000 pupils and staff gathering to celebrate their years’ at primary school and give thanks for all those who served and cared for them through those years and look forward to new challenges and adventures to come at secondary school. We also considered The Servant Queen and the King she serves, and the example HM Queen Elizabeth sets us as the country celebrated her 90th birthday. Pupils led us in prayer, readings and presentations whilst Bishop Mark gave an inspirational talk as we worshipped together.
Children’s Work Officer, Karen Beal, who organised the services, said, “It was a wonderful to be involved in these services and see the Manchester Diocese family of primary schools gathered together. I’m grateful for the enthusiasm of all those involved in planning and taking part in the services and I’m already excited about next year!”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren Smith for his attendance and contribution to the services at the Cathedral – it was a privilege to have him with us. We also would like to thank the clergy, vergers, organists and staff involved for all their hard work, particularly the Canon Precentor of the Cathedral, Phillip Barrett and Canon Matt Thompson, Vicar of Bolton Parish Church, and his team of church wardens, who stepped in to host the final service when the Cathedral became unavailable.
The winning service for the relay race was the Rochdale service on Monday 20 June, with a great 21.9 seconds.