Netherhall St James C of E (VC) Infant and Nursery School

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Netherhall St James C of E (VC) Infant and Nursery School

harvest at the church

Church links

We are a voluntary controlled Church of England school, belonging to the Diocese of Leeds. This means that we have close links with our local church, St James, which is just a short walk away from school. We value the times we spend in the Church, including our special Harvest, Christmas and Easter services to which parents and community are invited. We are currently awaiting the appointment of a new Reverend in our parish but in the meantime we continue to work closely with our vicar Reverend Ericcson to carry out collective worship both here and at the Church.

Meet our Reverend

Rev Mapfumo

Hi, my name is Reverend Ericcson Mapfumo, and l have recently moved to Huddersfield from a parish in the Leeds Episcopal area, where l was a trainee vicar. I was born in Zimbabwe (located in Southern Africa) and l am from the Shona ethnic tribe (which is a group of the Bantu peoples), and l came to England approximately 18 years ago. I have a passion for teaching and coaching chess, and in addition to being a vicar, l enjoy meeting and talking to young children (and adults of course!) and please feel free to talk to me when l visit school or when we meet in the community.

I am the vicar of St James Parish Church, as well as Christ Church Moldgreen. When l am not at the Parish Church l will be at the University of Huddersfield (where l also work as a religious leader supporting staff and students in their exploration of faith, religion or belief) or in the community.

The following is a message from St James Church to our families…

We are a friendly, family oriented open evangelical parish. Services are based on Common Worship, on the first Sunday of every month, and for special occasions, our music group lead the worship with piano, steel drums, and ukuleles. At other times, we use CD's for our music which is a mixture of contemporary songs and traditional hymns.

Our church is family friendly and wheelchair accessible with ramp access to the main doors, and a disabled toilet inside. We particularly welcome children with additional needs and autism and won't bat an eyelid if you need to move around during the service or if children make a joyful (or otherwise) noise!

We have a play pen available for smaller children and Sunday School during Holy Communion services in term time.  Microphones are used, Songs are projected on a big screen and words to services are available in printed booklets.  There are always refreshments each service.

RE links

We use visits to St James and Christ Church at nearby Moldgreen, to enhance our learning in RE and give the pupils first-hand experience of a place of worship.

Messy Church

Pupils in KS1 have the wonderful opportunity to attend ‘Messy Church’ with their parents during the Christmas and Easter term.

If you would like more information on regular events held at the church, please click on the following link:

Easter 2024

Our Easter celebrations culminated in our Key Stage 1 children going to St James Church.  This was led by Reverend Ericcson.  The children waved their 'Palm Trees' as they sang Easter hymns.  They sang and read their poems beautifully ending with a rousing rendition of Spring Chicken.

Reverend Ericcson will soon be visiting school to lead worship.  The children are looking forward to hearing about his background.

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