The church is mostly Early English, of the thirteenth century and it is the church tower that is Norman. The tower once served as a useful landmark for mariners out at sea. Standing outside the church wall you get a view across the the village green with the backdrop of the sea. Inside, the church is also of interest with pews that date from the 1600s.
The substantial former rectory called Seaton Holme just north of the church is at its core a thirteenth century stone house with other medieval buildings to its rear. It is a very substantial hall for a building of this period and reflects the important status of the rectory of Easington, which was usually held by the Archdeacons of Durham in medieval times.
As a church school, we have very strong links with St Mary’s Church. We are fortunate that the location of the church is only a stone throw away from the school site.
Children visit the church on a monthly basis to take part in the Wednesday morning service alongside the congregation. Families are encouraged to join the school at these services. Children regularly lead prayers and reflection time. Some children receive Eucharist and others receive a blessing from Reverend Lucy.
Throughout the year, children also lead services based around key events in the Christian Calendar including:
Reverend Lucy regularly leads Collective Worship in school linked to events in the Christian Calendar and our Collective Worship Timetable. Worships are also used to help the children understand the importance of each School Value and to share relevant Bible Stories.
C OF E SCHOOLS YEAR 6 LEAVERS SERVICE
Each year, our year 6 pupils get the opportunity to attend the leavers’ service organised by Durham Diocese. It gives them opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of their time in primary school and chance to think and pray about the future as they approach secondary school.
This year, pupils spent an hour moving around prayer stations, focusing on ‘wow’ moments, people who have cared for them, worries about the future and the skills and talents they have gained.
They then joined in a service with hundreds of other pupils to sing, dance, pray and give thanks for the past and the future. All of this in the inspirational setting of Durham Cathedral – what a wonderful opportunity