Hi, I’m Reverend Jane, new team vicar in the Witham and Villages Team ministry, with pastoral oversight for the parish of the Rivenhall and Silver End. As such, I am delighted therefore to now be part of the ongoing relationship between the Church of England and Rivenhall School.
I began my new post here at the end of January 2023, and am already enjoying leading weekly collective worship (assemblies), as well as having joined the PTA for one of their coffee mornings! I also look forward to continuing the tradition of having special services for the school in church at major times of the year – to which, space permitting, an open invitation is extended to parents and family members also. One such service is that held for the Year 6 pupils at the end of the school year, at which to mark their leaving each child is given a Good News Bible as a gift from the church.
It is a blessing that St Mary and All Saints’ church building, and the school itself, are literally next to one another. This is not only a visual reminder of the close church-school links, but on a more practical level also makes it much easier for the children, staff, and parents to access the church.
Indeed I look forward to strengthening the ties with the school and church, so as to involve the children more through their artwork, music, and who knows what else!?!
But I’d also like to say that for all those involved in the life of the school (children, staff and parents,) I am around and available if you wish to speak to ‘your vicar’ regarding any relevant matters.
And of course it will always be lovely to welcome you to a church service, there is one held every week at 11am, and on the first Sunday of the month this is an ‘All Age Service, which is particularly family/children friendly.
So, hoping to see you sometime soon! And if you need to contact me at any time, my email is: email@example.com, and telephone number: 01245 210930.