Liverpool Diocese's annual Y6 leavers services were held over four days during the month of June.
This was a chance for the year 6 leavers to celebrate their time at primary school and look ahead to the new chapter of starting secondary school. This year's theme was ‘Hands of Friendship’. The schools have been working closely with and fundraising for the charity Christian Aid.
A number of schools also took part in transition workshops at the Cathedral. The workshops included drama performances and a time for reflection and celebration.
Speaking ahead of the services the Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Revd Paul Bayes said “Last year saw my first foray into this service in our diocese. I encountered a marvellous celebration and fitting way for the young people to mark their transition to secondary school. The colour, vibrancy and joy of the services were overwhelming. I pray that this year’s services will continue to see the young people feel encouraged equipped and strengthened by God as they head towards secondary education.”
The Bishop of Warrington, Rt Revd Richard Blackburn added “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. The transition from primary to secondary school can be exciting, daunting or traumatic for young people. These services and workshops prepare pupils and mark the occasion in a special way I pray for our young people as they move onto secondary school that it may be a fruitful and enjoyable part of their lives.”
View some photos from this years services on the Liverpool Diocese's Facebook page here.