Community and Outreach Activities
Preshute Primary School
We are delighted to have strong links with Preshute Primary School, a Church of England Controlled School. We work together to enable the children to develop spiritually, morally, socially and intellectually according to the beliefs of the Christian faith. We offer collective worship and Assemblies, including ‘Open the Book’ (see below). We also invite the children to St George’s Church to celebrate Harvest Festival, Christmas, Easter and an annual Thanksgiving Service at the close of each academic year. Members of St George’s Church are also on the school’s board of governors. For ‘Messy Church’, held in the school, please see under ‘Families and Young People’ for further details.
Open The Book
Members of St George’s church take ‘Open the Book’ to the children of Preshute Primary School. ‘Open the Book’ is a series of short plays covering the major stories of the Bible and has a programme that continues for up to three years. The stories offer the children the opportunity to hear and see the wonder and mystery of the Bible and of God's dealings with his people. Each story has been written in simple language and includes well known characters but also important values such as courage, patience and selflessness. It is presented by ‘actors’ from St George’s church, alongside children from the school.
Would you like to become involved? If so, do contact Sarah Musgrave, we‘d love you to join us.
Merlin Court - Songs of Praise
Once a month, four or five of us, from a team of 15 or so, go to Merlin Court Care Home to join with residents in an informal half-hour 'Songs of Praise' service. These services consist mainly of well-known favourite hymns sung to recorded music, with brief comments, readings and prayers that follow themes linked to the church year and lectionary. The staff are very helpful in gathering everyone together in the lounge and keeping a watchful eye open. Those who come are generally regular faithfuls who much appreciate our worship together - even if some do fall asleep!
Church links with the Marlborough Jubilee Day care and Drop-in Centre (for the over 60s) are mostly maintained through Home Communion services at the Centre and occasional lunchtime visits by St George’s clergy; while the chairmanship of the Centre is currently held by a member of the St George’s PCC. Children from Preshute (C of E) Primary School choir group also entertain members of the Centre with singing, from time to time