Marking the transition to secondary school with colour, vibrancy and joy

Liverpool Cathedral welcomed a total of 2,788 children over four days at the annual Year 6 Diocesan School Leavers Services. The services are designed to help Year 6 children celebrate their time at primary school and look ahead to the new chapter of starting secondary school.

This year the theme was ‘The Light of the World’. At each service a procession of colourful banners held proudly by the children made its way from the Well of the Cathedral through the Nave.

The services were energetic and entertaining with workers from local charity Y Kids leading the children in song and dance before Christian Aid staff talked about the merits of charitable work. Readings and prayers were also made by the pupils as each school hung a prayer on a cow-themed prayer tree which supported Christian Aid’s ‘Moove over Poverty’ campaign.

The services took place over four days on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th June and Monday 22nd June and Tuesday 23rd June.

The service on Tuesday 16th June was Bishop Paul’s first school leaver’s as the Bishop of Liverpool. He said “For my first foray into this service in our diocese I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I encountered was a marvellous celebration and fitting way for the young people to mark their transition to secondary school. The colour, vibrancy and joy of the service was overwhelming. But importantly I pray that having been the young people feel encouraged, equipped and strengthened by God as they head towards secondary education.”

The Bishop of Warrington led the first of the Eucharistic services on Monday 22nd June. Bishop Richard said “It is an enormous pleasure that we have had such a high demand for the Eucharist at these school leavers services. For me it is an immense pleasure and privilege to be able to preside at a service where so many young people are readily and eagerly receiving Holy Communion. The services offer such a reminder that God is present in all aspects of our lives and walks with us on every stage of our journey through life. I pray for our young people as they move onto secondary school that it may be a fruitful and enjoyable part of their lives.”