Holy Trinity Church
Langdale CE School has strong links with Holy Trinity, our local church. The vicar carries out a weekly worship time in school and we regularly visit the church on special occasions such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter and our leavers assembly.
We also study and visit the church as part of our Religious Education lessons. The children have been learning about the special features of our church and the role they play in Christian worship.
Our Church by the Year 4, 5 and 6 Children
In churches there are many features. Some are wonderfully colourful and some represent Jesus and his followers. Here we will name many of the elements inside these holy buildings.
The Font: The font in Chapel Stile Holy Trinity Church is a beautiful monumental item. When not in use, the font has lovely flowers on top. The font is used to baptise babies and sometimes adults, inside the font there is holy water to wash away the sins from the person being baptised.
The Organ: The organ is traditionally played for hymns and sometimes weddings. It is similar to a piano and has big tubes which release the beautiful sound from within them.
Stained Glass Windows: The stained glass windows may tell stories about Jesus and his followers. Many are bright and colourful. Inside Chapel Stile’s church there is a stained glass window rarely found anywhere else in the whole world. The particular one which is rare features St Francis of Assis with bluebirds surrounding him and a red squirrel by his feet.
Pulpit: The pulpit is a raised platform and is used for preaching. The sermons are usually said by the vicar or the preacher. A preacher is a person who delivers sermons or lessons on religious topics to an assembly of people. It has a few stairs up towards it and often has flowers.
Altar: The altar represents the table used at the last supper. The altar is used in Holy Communion for blessings where Christians are fed bread and wine. The altar is also where the cross is placed to remind people how Jesus sacrificed himself for his people.
Lectern: The lectern is a little holder for someone to read the Bible. They usually read stories from the Bible for people to listen carefully to so everyone learns the way Jesus helped people and how he was the kindest man to step on Earth.
Pews: The pews are benches where the people who follow Jesus’s ways pray, listen and learn. In the past, in Whitby for example, some people rented out luxury pews with cushions and maybe even a fire place. The pews inside Langdale’s church are wooden and not luxurious.
Our Christingle Service was a very special occasion for Langdale School. All the children enjoyed making their Christingles the day before. We were very grateful to Booths supermarket for donating the oranges to make them. While making the Christingle we discussed what each part represented such as the candle for Jesus - light of the world.
We had practised Christmas carols to sing and each class was performing an item. The oldest children in Maple Class gave a presentation about the symbolism of the Christingle and how it linked to the Christmas story. Beech class read the prayers and the youngest children in Oak class accompanied the final hymn with a vigorous percussion performance.
The most magical part of the performance was when we lit the Christingles and all sang "Silent Night."
This year was 101 years since the end of the First World War. The children from Oak Class and Make-it club made poppies to put on the War Memorial up at Holy Trinity Church. On the back of each poppy was the name of one of the men from Langdale who had died fighting in the war.
We held a service in the church where we discussed the significance of the poppies. The children from Maple Class led the service reading out prayers and poems. After the two minutes silence at 11am we went out to the War Memorial. The older children helped the younger to children to lay their poppies on the War Memorial and read out the name of the soldiers. It was a very solemn occasion.
Harvest Festival 2019
We all look forward to Harvest time. We collect the apples and potatoes that we have grown in school and forage for blackberries. Then we eat what we have harvested. We also remember to be thankful and share our good fortune.
Before our harvest festival we held a coffee morning for the community to raise money for local causes. The day before we held the Great Langdale Bake-off where the children split into teams to bake delicious cakes to sell at the coffee morning. We were overwhelmed by how many people came to the coffee morning and how much money we raised.
When it was time for the service we all walked up to Holy Trinity Church. We placed our offerings of food on the altar. We combined them with the offerings from the Sunday service and donated them to Holehird our local Leonard Cheshire home. The boxes were delivered by the children from Maple Class the following week.
Maple Class started off the service with a presentation on the meaning of harvest. They spelled out lots of different words using the letters from the word Harvest. Next Beech Class told us the Parable Of the Barns. Finally the youngest children, Oak Class wowed everyone with their rendition of Big Red Combine Harvester.