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Collective Worship

As part of a Church of England family, we seek to meet the needs of all children, wherever they may be on their journey of faith and belief.

 

Collective worship is the unique heartbeat of our school and offers the children the opportunity to encounter faith by engaging in conversations about God both individually and together. We work in close partnership with the Church community and Rector Mark has a pivotal role to play in school. 

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Collective worship gives pupils and school staff the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an act of community

  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God

  • Be still and reflect

  • Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events

  • Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness

  • Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ

  • Affirm Christian values and attitudes

  • Share each other's joys and challenges

  • Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar

 

An act of Collective Worship takes place every day and is an integral part of school life, making space for pupils and staff to come together and share in worship through learning, music, reflection and prayer. Our worship is invitational, inclusive and inspirational, giving all of the school community the chance to be part of the experience, while respecting the integrity of family and cultural backgrounds.

 

Monday - Whole school worship led by Mrs Abram

Tuesday -Class Worship or Whole School Worship led by the Ethos Group 

Wednesday - Whole school worship led by Mrs Abram

Thursday -Sing and Praise or Little Church/ Worship with Rector Mark

Friday - Celebration Assembly led by Mrs Abram or Mrs Royle

 

During particular times in the Christian Calendar there will be changes to the above structure. Additionally the children will attend church for special services and Christian festivals 

 

 

Class worship Areas

 

All of our classrooms have a Worship/Reflection area where children can sit quietly and reflect on the worship we do in school or just on the world in general.

 

They become the focus during class Worship and provide space for the children to respond to the big questions posed in Collective Worship and RE lessons.

 

We also have prayer spaces around school and have planned 'Prayer Spaces' weeks throughout the school year.

 

What are prayer spaces?

Children and young people are innately curious about life. Growing up raises lots of questions, some to do with their experience, both the good and the bad, and some to do with their sense of wonder at the universe we live in and whether there’s more to life than meets the eye. Many have an interest in the non-material aspects of life, the spirit or soul, and want to explore how these ideas and experiences help them to develop their own sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose.

Prayer spaces in schools enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore these life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. 

Taking a broadly Christian perspective as a starting point, prayer spaces give children and young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment. 

The approach purposely allows the children to make their own meaning and to draw their own conclusions.

 

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. 7 And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

 

 

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