Liverpool Cathedral was a sea of colour as hundreds of schoolchildren attended School Leavers' Services over 4 days in June.
95 schools and 3088 children in total took part in the celebratory services for Y6 pupils across the Diocese of Liverpool.
Traditional Services were held on 12th and 13th June lead by Bishop Cyril and Rev Paul Robinson followed by Eucharistic Services on 26th and 27th June with Bishop Richard and Bishop Paul.
A procession of colourful banners held proudly by the children made its way from the Well of the Cathedral through the Nave before each service was held to mark pupils’ transition from Primary to Secondary School.
During the energetic and entertaining ceremonies, workers from local charity Y Kids led the children in song and dance before a representative from each school brought forward a prayer to hang on the prayer tree and their gift of thanksgiving. The children have been raising funds for Water Aid this year and so far they have raised a superb £4,652 with more still to come in.
Some pupils took part in transition workshops prior to the services run by Liverpool Cathedral’s Education Department, Scripture Union and Y Kids. Using drama/role-play, music and reflection as the main focus the workshops provided pupils with a toolkit for their transition to Secondary School focusing on friendships, myth busting and supporting the theme of ‘Moving on’.
Fr Richard Peers said “These are my first school leavers’ services since being appointed Director of Education – and what tremendous occasions they are for all involved!
I am delighted that over the four services, 3088 Year 6 pupils, along with parents, staff and clergy joined together in worship at the 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 secondary school. It is wonderful to witness Jesus at the heart of our schools and in our shared worship acknowledge the love Jesus has for each and every one of his children.”