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Knightlow School thank their Vicar

Knightlow C.of E. Primary School in Stretton-on-Dunsmore made the Revd Alison Massey's day when they invited her to a special Thank Your Vicar Week assembly.

Thank Your Vicar Week invites primary schools and parishes to celebrate everything their vicar does for the local community by holding a special service or assembly - with their vicar as star guest. The annual October event is organised by St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy, to show appreciation for the clergy and raise awareness for the charity’s work in supporting clergy health and wellbeing.

"Thank Your Vicar Week made me feel really appreciated," says Ali. "This will stay with me for a very long time, and on the days when ministry feels difficult, I can remember today, read all the lovely messages that the children have written, and be encouraged."

"We wanted to take part in Thank Your Vicar Week because Revd Ali and the worship team are an important part of our Knightlow family," says Headteacher, Jill Vavasour. "Revd Ali takes such good care of us that this was a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation and express our thanks to her." 

Churchwardens Karen Armbrister and Douglas Hutchison were also included in the celebrations "because they have done so much to support worship and Christian teaching in the school," says Jill.

The Diocese of Coventry marked Thank Your Vicar Week for the first time this year – the event was launched nationally in 2016. Lizzie McWhirter, RE, Spirituality and Schools Officer for the Diocese of Coventry says; "Thank Your Vicar Week is a great opportunity for schools to celebrate and strengthen the bond with their local clergy, with pupil-led collective worship taking place on or near St Luke’s Day. Bishop Christopher was very keen that our schools get involved, and I'm delighted that so many schools in the diocese are joining in."

As part of the celebrations, schools and parishes are encouraged to give a donation or organise a simple fundraising drive to enable St Luke’s to continue its work with clergy. The charity helps some 450 clergy and their families each year, as well as offering preventative wellbeing training and resources to all dioceses.

Thank Your Vicar Week will take place again from October 14-21 2018 - visit