Inclusive Invitational Inspirational
We have an act of Collective Worship every day, to which every child within the school is invited to attend (whole school, key stage or in the classroom).
|Whole School Collective Worship / Sing and Praise
|Child led Collective Worship
|Class Collective Worship
|Open The Book
|Celebration Service led by Year 6
Each term the underlying theme of our Collective Worship is linked to one of our school values: Hope, Trust, Compassion, Wisdom, Thankfulness and Forgiveness.
All teaching and ideas are Christian and follow the teachings of the Bible, which are explored and made relevant to life today. All acts of worship have a Bible story or Bible passage as its focus.
The Leader creates a welcoming and inviting atmosphere conducive to worship, by:
- Playing worship or quiet reflective music on arrival
- Displaying an image, quote or question to engage the children in the theme.
- The hall is set up with an ‘altar table’ as a focus for worship: Table cloth, (which is the correct colour for the liturgical calendar), cross and candles.
- We welcome the children by lighting the candle and by saying an Anglican liturgical greeting /prayer (The Lord be with you...)
We ensure the children always have a role within the worship. This could be planned or spontaneous and engage children individually, in groups or as a whole congregation. We are creative and allow the children freedom and opportunities to be creative themselves within the worship experiences.
- Children are given opportunities to discuss, in talk partners, share their ideas/answers to posed wondering questions. (I wonder what respect means? What does it look like in our school?)
- Singing forms part of our Collective Worship.
- There is time for children to be still and silent to reflect and think about the key thoughts and or the Bible message.
- Children are given opportunity to pray, either personally (silently) or out loud as a group or on behalf of the other children.
- The children go out with a thought, verse, prayer or question to enable them to continue their thinking and spur them into action (when appropriate) following the worship session
Additionally, we have a Collective Worship gang who help to lead our services by greeting everyone when they arrive, leading the liturgical greeting and saying our prayer at the end. Sometimes they pick the music which we listen to. Every Wednesday children volunteer to lead a whole school Collective Worship. They enjoy planning what they will do and delivering it. It gives children enormous confidence and even the youngest members of our school join in too.
We close with an Anglican liturgical sending prayer (Such as ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord’) and extinguish the candles.