St. Helen's Church
The Church of England has always been at the forefront of education, and early on in 1686 the relationship between St Helen’s and the School began. That relationship continues to flourish 330 years on as we enter an exciting new season in the life of this beautiful, new, amalgamated Sandal Castle Primary School. (For a short history of our Church school please click on the link, The Grand Launch.)
Our aim as a Church community is to support the Head Teacher and Staff in their vital work of education, by providing an underpinning of Christian teaching and values to benefit all pupils from a variety of faith and social backgrounds.
Different year groups and classes visit St Helen’s on a regular basis to learn about the character of Christian worship and prayer, the history and architecture of the church building, and the environment of the ancient churchyard. The whole school comes together to experience worship in the church at Christmas and on other occasions, and to enjoy events such as the Sing-up, or recently, the visit of Pop UK.
Our Children and Community Co-ordinator, Sally Martin visits the School to lead worship at weekly Assemblies on themes such as The Parables of Jesus, Golden Rules, The Olympics, The Lord’s Prayer, Love is…?, Christian Aid and African Connection. The Vicar, Rupert Martin also has sessions with year groups answering big questions which the children ask, such as who are we and why are we here, as well as the complementary relationship of Science and Faith, Creation and the Big Bang, the Bible and Evolution.
St Helen’s serves our community through The Spring Community Shop and Café, through CAP, Christians against Poverty, with its debt centre, job club and release groups, and in a variety of other ways outlined in the Parish Welcome Booklet
In particular we have a vibrant ministry to children, young people and families on Sundays and throughout the week, and enjoy a monthly Families@4pm service with all ages, especially welcoming new families for Baptism.
St Helen’s Church and Sandal Castle Primary School lie at the heart of the Parish and we work together to serve our community in the best way we can.
Much more about the life of the church can be found on our web-site, www.sandalmagna.com or our Facebook page Sandal Magna Parish.
You are very welcome to visit our churches of St Helen’s, Sandal and St Paul’s, Walton, or to contact our Parish Administrator, Marisa Kapp, on 01924 259966.
Vicar of St Helen’s, Sandal Magna Parish in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds
Our proud vicar Rupert Martin with the Bishop of Wakefield, Tony Robinson at the opening of our school in July 2015.
Sally Martin leading assembly in school
Reverend Rupert Martin, Sally Martin and Leon Boyle at the opening ceremony of the school