St Martin’s Church has an amazing history that stretches back to before the Norman conquest. Today, that story continues, for you will find a church community that is large and engaged in a great diversity of activities involving people of all ages.
At the heart of everything is the daily worshipping life of this church where Mass is celebrated four times on Sundays and on every weekday, accompanied by the quiet rhythm of Morning and Evening Prayer. The church is open every day from early morning until early evening so that people can come in and spend some time being still, surrounded by the beauty of a building set aside for prayer.
Next door, the church hall hosts a constant variety of community activities.
How children at BWI develop their faith with St Martin's
Children at BWI start visiting the church regularly from the very start of their time at the school. At the end of term there is always a special service held at the church where we celebrate all that the children have achieved so far and ask for God's blessing on them for the future.
Different year groups will also visit the church at different times of the year to support their learning across the curriculum. For example, our year 6 children visit the church and its grounds as part of their work on WW2 to view and pay respects at the various war memorials as well as performing a special nativity there at Christmas.
We also bring St Martin's into our school. Father Simon regularly preaches to the children in assemblies and delivers a special Mass for our KS2 children each term. Children produce work on St Martin and his life each year and we have a special rewards which we place on St Martin's cloak for those children who have embodied our values and held them in their hearts each term.