All Saints' Church
Take a look at the beautiful Christingle banner which was made by pupils attending the Picture Perfect group in Friday afternoon's Youth University sessions. It was presented at the Christingle Service in All Saints' Church.
Lighting the Christingles as the lights were dimmed during the Christingle Service at All Saints'
The start of Advent was marked in the St Gilbert's calendar yesterday across the school. Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children and staff gathered together in the hall to sing, pray and light the first candle on our Advent wreath with Father Gavin. Year 1/2 pupils then continued the Advent theme in their RE lessons later that day by making their own paper wreaths and recognising the meanings of the different candles: peace, hope, love, joy and the Christ candle.
Key Stage 2 pupils and staff made their traditional journey to All Saints' Church where Father Mark led us in worship and singing. Our service also included readings and poems by some of the children and the lighting of the first candle to recognise the start of the Advent season.
Year 4 pupils from St Gilbert's joined children from other schools in Stamford to visit a number of our local churches, including All Saints' Church, for a fun-filled day with the theme of "God Who Loves All Living Things". The day began and ended with a rousing sing-a-long to many favourite Christian hymns played by a live band. The children were also given the opportunity to try out lots of practical activities based around the day's theme: from finding their way around a labyrinth, to making giant arty landscapes and their own books all about living things. Great fun was had by all! See our pictures on the Galleries page.
Confirmation classes start on Tuesday 14th April 2015 with the confirmation taking place on 21st June during the 9.30 Sunday Service. Of the nine children being confirmed, 7 are from St Gilbert's. Mrs Camp and Revd Nikki are leading the classes. We hope all the candidates will enjoy and be inspired by the journey.
The school has formal links with All Saints' Church and Father Mark Warrick or Reverend Nikki Mann lead our Collective Worship regularly during the school year. The pupils attend a number of services during the year and parents are invited to join us.
Our school is named after St Gilbert of Sempringham.
Gilbert of Sempringham, born 1083, died 1189.
His father was a Norman knight Jocelin and his mother was Anglo Saxon. He studied in France and became a cleric. Returning to Lincolnshire, he founded a school for boys and girls, unusual in those times. Later he became a priest and in 1131 he was settled at Sempringham where he founded an order for both monks and nuns with 13 monasteries; nine were "double" houses for monks and nuns and four for monks only.
He supported Thomas a Becket and helped him to escape to the Continent, disguised as an ordinary lay brother. Gilbert lived to be nearly 106 and founded orphanages and hospitals for lepers.He was buried at Sempringham and declared a saint in 1202.
His Order, the Gilbertines, flourished until the Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries; it was the only order founded by an Englishman and his Feast Day is February 4th.
This information comes from The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.