• Liverpool Cathedral Educate Magazine Year 6 Moving On Mass

More than 3500 Y6 children celebrated moving on

More than 3500 children and staff attended four services at Liverpool Cathedral, representing schools across the entire Diocese.

The services are designed to help students reflect and give thanks for their time at primary school and to look forward to and celebrate the move to secondary school.

The theme for this year was ‘Moving on’ told through the story of Moses and Pharaoh.

David Thorpe diocesan adviser for RE, collective worship and Christian distinctiveness at Liverpool Cathedral, said: “As an education team we are delighted that over the four services, 3,500 Year 6 pupils, along with parents, staff and clergy joined together in worship at our Cathedral.

“These services give us the collective opportunity to celebrate in worship and give prayerful thanks for the children as their time at primary school ends, and they prepare for moving on to their respective high school. It is wonderful to witness Jesus being at the heart of our schools and acknowledge the love God has for each and every one of his children.

“The traditional elements of our Year 6 services, such as the banner procession and presentation of children’s prayers remained central to the worship but by adding a more biblically dramatic focus to the service made it more accessible to the pupils.

“Rev Paul Robinson used the story to help pupils reflect on their time in primary school and to assure them that God, unlike fads, is always with them.”

This year the schools were invited to support a local charity of their choice. All schools once again donated very generously to their chosen charity, examples include Trewan House (a local care home), NSPCC and Sepsis UK.

Music for each service was provided by choirs for each day. These included music from the Choir of St Andrew’s Orford, St Anne’s Stanley choir, Wargrave School choir and St James’ Worsley Mesnes choir.

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