As the Vicar of St John the Baptist Church, Barlaston, it is a great privilege and joy to be so closely linked to Barlaston First School. A complete education for all children is so important and that includes the spiritual. As the leader of a Christian community this means explaining about the person of Jesus Christ and helping the children, staff and parents of the school to learn how He can and does make a difference to our lives. Often that can begin with simply retelling the great Bible stories but it also includes experiencing important values we should live by such as family, friendship and faith. But the church family isn’t simply here to provide another education resource. We are also here to offer pastoral support, a listening ear and prayer for the families of everyone who is part of the school.
As the Vicar of St John’s, my aim is to build upon the already strong links we have with the school and to find ways to strengthen them. I look forward to doing that through the school visiting us at the church and for the church to be an increasingly important part of the school. Canon Stewart Jones