Our Faith

Parish Church

The Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels was originally constructed circa 1200 and altered and extended in the early 14th Century with further alterations late 14th Century to early 15th Century. The chancel was rebuilt and shortened circa 1750. The church was restored in 1835 and again in 1890-91 by Sir Arthur Blomfield.

It is a traditional building that has had many changes over the hundreds of years it has been a place of worship. It is believed that there has been a church on or near this site since Saxon times.

The church has a weekly service at 9.30am and later at 6.00pm the service of Evensong is held.

The children at St. Michael's School attend regular services in the church led by our Vicar. The church is also used to help deliver the RE curriculum, when visiting a church and looking at religious artifacts is part of the lesson.

To find out more about the church, see St. Michael's page on the Bodenham Parish website (external link).

Collective Worship and Assemblies

The children at St. Michael's have an act of worship or assembly every day. These take place in the hall, the class room, the church, or even in the playground!

We also welcome a variety of visitors to speak at these occasions, including our Vicar, Reverend Heather Short.

The themes for our worship focus on the values we need to live good Christian lives and link with the Church calendar through the year.


Christingle service in church.
 
The Sleepy Shepherd Nativity.

Spirituality and Reflection

Children at St. Michael's are encouraged to develop their spirituality through reflection of their Collective worship, world events and things that are happening in their lives.

Such reflection can take place in different areas around the school or in the school grounds, when a child can have quiet time with a friend or an adult. We have prayers, bibles and thought provoking activities that help the children focus their thoughts.

About Saint Michael

Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel, once as a 'great prince who stands up for the children of your people'.

In the New Testament, Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude Michael is specifically referred to as an 'archangel'.

Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil.