School pupils invited to Sunday church service

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AN ENTIRE school has been invited to a worship as part of this year’s Back to Church Sunday.

Every pupil from St Alban’s Church of England Primary School, in West Leigh, has been invited to join worshippers at the nearby St Alban’s Church on September 25.

Headteacher Alice Wood is now creating a special children’s choir and a drama performance so the pupils will also be contributing to that morning’s worship.

They’ll sing Our God is a Great Big God and dramatise the story of Jesus healing a paralysed man on the day.

The Rev Dominic Clarke, who is currently working as a priest at St Alban’s Church, visited the school to invite all 218 pupils to come to the service.

Among those who he invited was nine-year-old Abigail Tuttle. She said: ‘It’s nice to be invited to the church and it’s exciting that we’re going to be performing.

St Alban’s Church is one of 58 churches in Portsmouth’s Church of England diocese taking part in the national initiative.

The idea behind it is that non-churchgoers are often keen to go to Sunday services if they are invited by a friend.

More than 150,000 extra worshippers have gone back to church since the initiative first started in 2004.

Back to Church Sunday was originally launched in the Diocese of Manchester, but quickly spread to other Anglican dioceses and then to other denominations and across the world.

By 2010, 3,500 churches were taking part and 51,000 people were invited back to church – or to try it out for the first time.

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Or contact the Rev Tim Jessiman on (023) 9226 4551.