Children and adults from Holy Cross Primary School in Uckfield trekked across town and country on a pilgrimage to St Margaret the Queen Church in Buxted Park yesterday (Tuesday).
They walked from the centre of town to the church and back to school.
The party, which included children from reception to year six, was welcomed by Fr John Baker who told them about St Margaret, the church’s namesake, a Queen of Scotland married to King Malcolm III.
The pilgrimage was organised as a way for the children to think about, commemorate and give thanks to God for those they love and hold dear.
In church they gave thanks for loved ones and each class gave a performance demonstrating a different aspect of the creative arts.
Joyful marching songs were sung, including Sussex by the Sea, which has become a Holy Cross School anthem and is sung on the many expeditions the school makes.
The service ended with a presentation of pilgrim shells the children decorated with the names of their loved ones and headteacher, Mrs Dart, led them in prayer.
Year 6 pupil Sienna said: “It was nice because you could see the nature and enjoy the fresh air that we wouldn’t have experienced if we’d been in school.
“Being in the church was nice and calm and the vicar was welcoming when we got there. It was nice at the end that we had fruit to munch on the way home.”
Grace, another Year 6 child said: “The walk was quite tiring, but I did it and I am proud of myself and it was fun because I spent time with my buddy in reception class. The poem we performed helped us to know that God loves us.”
Mrs Dart said: “It was a great adventure and when everyone arrived back at school they were ready for their lunch, having worked up a good appetite.
“I’d like to thank Fr John for making us so welcome in his church. I’d also like to say well done to the children and staff for walking all that way in such good spirits.”