Village Church

St Peter's Church, Redmile

St Peter's Church in Redmile was completed during the 12th Century. The first Rector of the Church is recorded in 1220.

It stands proud at the North end of the village.

St Peter's is part of the group of churches collectively known as the 'Vale of Belvoir Churches' within the Diocese of Leicester which is part of the Church of England.

The children at Redmile School have made use of the Church for many varied events, whether it be a school project or a family service, concerts, Easter and Christmas plays or watching entertainers perform all are enjoyed by our whole community.

Redmile School children have been frequent visitors to the church to discover more of their Christian heritage and for research for their various school projects and school studies. They may visit in large groups or as a class. They have studied the artefacts in church, the history of the church and the church's part within village life.

Clay wall plaque of church made by the children

Displays of the children's work have been regularly displayed enhancing the children's worship and other studies.

All the school plays are well attended by parents, family, and friends from the local community as well as visitors from afar who have enjoyed the schools performances: the music, the drama, the fun and predictable jokes! The commitment and enthusiasm, as well as their high levels of performance, are always well received and commended.

We also enjoy visiting performers, such as Footprints Theatre Company who visit annually to perform special plays in church, with a Christian theme, e.g. telling the Christmas story through the eyes of the donkey! All families and friends are invited to attend such special occasions.

We also use the Church for hosting special fundraising events, both for the school and nominated charities, including Dove Cottage a local hospice that we actively support. These fundraising events have been organised and managed largely by the school children and have proved to be a great success.

Our 2007 leavers, in their special t-shirts

Both school and the community attend end of year services for which we say a farewell to our leavers, who are moving on to their secondary schooling. The leavers perform a rehearsed presentation detailing their favourite memories of their time at Redmile School. They are then presented with special certificates and a parting gift; our last leavers looked great in the t-shirts we had designed especially for them.

We promote all services and events at the church via our weekly newsletter to parents and the school notice board. Families are encouraged to attend these services and are made very welcome. Children participate by reading passages from the Bible, joining in drama sketches, playing musical instruments and by saying prayers. Songs or hymns are chosen that may be familiar to the children.

The school enjoys visitors from the church, which include the local Rector and ministers from across our area. They visit on a regular basis taking part in the schools collective worship and talking and sharing time with the staff and children. On occasion, parents and families are also invited and these family services are held in church.

Our New Team Rector - Revd Dr Mark Smith

Revd Dr Mark Smith and family

Mark and his family hope to move into The Rectory in June with Mark's institution taking place at the end of that month.

Mark's wife, Lisa, is a social worker They have two children. Mark was ordained in the Diocese of York 20 years ago. He is currently Vicar of St Paul's, Scotforth (Lancaster), in the Diocese of Blackburn, where he has been since 2003. Before then, for five years, he was Vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Preston, following four years as Senior Chaplain of St Martin's College, Lancaster

In addition to his parish work, Mark has been World Development Adviser (WDA) for the Diocese of Blackburn, focussing on issues of social justice, working with Christian Aid and making Blackburn a 'Fair Trade Diocese'. He has established links between his local C of E schools and schools in Uganda.

Mark has strong academic qualifications, with a post-graduate diploma in Theology, a period as a student in Berlin and recently (2003) a doctorate in Religious Studies. However, his calling remains towards Parish ministry and work with schools which will form the focus of his role of Team Rector based in Bottesford.

Regarding his out-of-work interests, Mark says: "I enjoy travelling, especially around central and eastern Europe for which I have a special affection given my student days in Berlin. I like watching sport of almost kind (especially football, rugby, cricket, golf and American Football) and I have run the London Marathon on three occasions for Christian Aid. I have a broad taste in music and play the guitar for relaxation (with great mediocrity I might add). I enjoy the theatre and in times past have directed a number of plays (e.g. Equus, Murder in the Cathedral). I enjoy food and drink and eating out - as evidenced by my expanding girth".

We look forward to welcoming Mark and his family into our church and community, to lead and encourage us in God's work.

Photos Inside St Peter's Church

In these photographs, Church warden, Judith Wells, is teaching the children to learn about the church artefacts.

Inside St Peter's Church   Inside St Peter's Church
Inside St Peter's Church   Inside St Peter's Church

Role of a Foundation Governor

Foundation Governors are expected to represent the Christian ethos of the school on the Governing body and supporting the emphasis that education is carried out in accordance with the doctrines and practices of the Church of England.

Such a Governor should be a regular attending member of the Governing body of the school and should offer support to the head teacher and staff in the work that they do.

Visits to the school are regularly made and Foundation Governors actively contribute to the development of the school by way of involvement in the curriculum, finance, admissions, etc.

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