Collective Worship

Worship Committee:

Our Worship Committee were elected by the staff.

       The children are supported by Mrs Joyce.

Our committee are responsible for ensuring that all members of our school community live out our Christian Values. They plan and deliver whole school acts of worship at various time throughout the year.

 

Acts of Worship

We try hard to differenciate between assembly which it defines as a meeting of the school, often to relay specific information, and worship, which involves a spiritual aspects, together with prayers and hymns.

 

Through collective worship we hope to promote spiritual, cultural and moral development and a sense of unity and community for the school as a whole.

We aim to provide opportunity for the children to experience worship and through this to develop a sense of:

  • awe, wonder and mystery
  • self worth and value of others
  • pattern, sequence and order
  • interdependence with the natural world

 

Collective worship also serves to help develop an awareness:

  • that life involves choices of belief, attitude, behaviour and relationships
  • that there are issues of meaning, purpose and value in life

 

Weekly timetable

Whole school worship takes place four times a week and last for approximately 20 minutes. We have 'Singing Praise' on a Tuesday to remind children of the hymns we have learnt which are suitable for the following week’s collective worship, or to learn new hymns. As far as possible, the hymns reflect the theme of the worship. On alternate Thursday mornings, a celebratory assembly takes place when we celebrate the work of the children and their efforts both in and out of school. Birthdays are also celebrated and includes singing our school birthday song. Prayers are said at its completion. On the other alternate Thursday, worship usually centres around festivals, holy days, Christian values etc. On a Friday, the children come together to listen to a Bible story and reflect on how they can live out their Christian values. Monday's worship takes place within individual classrooms and last approximately 1 minute per age of the children. (E.g. 5 minutes for 5 year olds.)

During worship, music is played as the children enter and leave the hall. The children are expected to enter the hall quietly and to remain silent while listening to appropriate music. Three candles (to remind us of The Trinity) are always lit and placed on the worship table as a focal point for the worship. Hymns may be sung and prayers said.

 

Prayers

Our school prayer tree is a tool by which children can write and share their own prayers. Our Prayer cave is somewhere children can go to for quiet reflection. The use of coloured pompoms allows us to informally monitor feelings within the building and address any issues should they arise.

 

 For examples of our collective worship - see 'Collective worship in action' page.