St Martin’s has stood at the centre of Village life for centuries and that role has been given new meaning with the 3 in 1 project when it was converted into a building for worship, use by the school and for community use. It is a partnership that works well and all at St Martin’s are delighted with the new close relationship with school and village.
As part of that partnership we take regular assemblies and also run Open the Book, a dramatic telling of bible stories. Children have also taken part in our ‘Experience’ days, when we have looked at and interpreted a major Christian festival.
But, at the heart of St Martin’s lies a pattern of regular worship. From January there will be a new service pattern with services every week at 11.00 am. Details of what is taking place can be found on the church notice board or on the Horsley Parish website. You will be made most welcome if you choose to join us...all of our services are child and family friendly.
The Vicar – Rev. Mike Smith – is also vicar of Nailsworth and Kingscote churches. He is helped by Rev. Sue Sobczak (a Horsley resident) and Sue White who both come in, like Mike, to take school assemblies and are also on the Governing body. You can contact Mike on 01453 836536.
Members of St. Martin's Church come into school each year to lead Experience Easter. The Easter story is explained through a series of activity stations set around the church grounds. It's an opportunity for children to consider this important period in the church calendar and to think about how it affects their own lives today. We are most grateful to the volunteers who run this event.
Otters class decorate the altar with Christmas angels
The annual Remembrance Service is held around the village memorial
The junior children and staff, along with local residents, gather around the village Memorial to mark Armistice Day. This year, in a short service, led by Rev. Mike Smith, we took time to remember all those who have gone to war and sadly never returned. Rev. Smith talked to the children about why we wear poppies and what they symbolise. A small group placed small wooden crosses in a sand tray and we all observed two minutes of silence. The children conducted themselves in a respectful and appropriate manner throughout.