Collective Worship

Collective Worship Policy - 2021-22

At the junior school, we meet daily for collective worship. This is a time to welcome God into our lives, reflect on the teachings of the Bible and how these parables influence our day-to-day life.

  

We begin by lighting a candle to welcome the god we believe in and this informs us that our time of worship has begun. Our year 6 children start the worship by leading the welcome, ensuring the children are present and ready to begin.  

We follow the Diocese of Canterbury collective worship plans. These documents have been produced following conversations and feedback from teachers across the diocese. They provide us with an injection of inspiration and creativity as we plan our acts of collective worship. These plans are regularly updated and can be found here

The school vision and values are also explored at least once per week, led by a senior leader. Children are timetabled to lead the collective worship, based around the school vision and values, at least twice per term. Singing worship and Celebration worship is also timetabled once per week. 

We also enjoy inviting visitors from St Michael's Church, Family Trust and other members of the Christian community to lead our worship. 

We signal the end of worship by saying our school prayer, reflecting on the teachings of the day and blowing out the candle. Year 6 children also send the children out from worship through a 'sending', signifying children be ready to leave the hall. 

Our School Prayer

Dear Jesus, 

Bless our school, let peace live here, 

Let the rooms be full of happiness,

Let love be all around,

Love of one another,

love of all people

and love of life and living.

Let us remember that, as many hands build a house,

So many hearts make a school

Amen.

  

 

Collective Worship at Home - Term 1

Week 4 - Friendship - The Story of Ruth and Naomi

Story Of Ruth - Bible For Kids - YouTube

 Week 5 - Harvest Celebration and Bible Reading

This week we have been celebrating Harvest through worship and thinking about all of the people a little less fortunate than us. Mrs Dicker led worship on Wednesday and read us this paragraph-

God looked at the world He had made, and the people He had made. He saw the people killing each other, robbing each other, cheating each other, quarrelling with each other. He saw they were thinking less and less about Him, and more and more about themselves. They had grown wicked, and God became sorry He had made them.

Genesis 6: 5-22

 Mrs Dicker told the children that this paragraph painted a different picture of God than we are used to. We explored this in detail – why God wanted everyone to listen to him, why he wanted them to think about him. We discussed the fact that to listen to God is to guide and learn to do the right thing. This paragraph is taken from the story of Noah.

Activity for home – Can you children explain to you why we have chosen the story of Noah’s Ark to complement our school vision? How does Noah show our school values?

Week 6 - Hannah's Promise and the Story of Samuel

The Story of Samuel | Kids Corner

Activity for home - Ask your children why Hannah gave her child to God and how they feel about this. Was this the right thing to do?

Advent Term - Week 1

King Solomon asks God for Wisdom

Spirituality

In both Infant and Junior worship this week we have started to look at Spirituality across the school. We discussed what spirituality can look and feel like in our school – the moments when we stop and smile and feel like we are part of something special. We will be discussing this more this term but for now take a look at the video below just to remind ourselves of how beautiful our world is!

What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong - Lyric Video - YouTube

      Epiphany - Term

Week 3 - John the Baptist

At the junior school, the children looked the key words ‘connected’ and ‘belong’ in our spirituality statement.

The junior children also learnt about John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus, and how this was such a pivitol moment within the Christianity faith.

Please click to watch the video below or copy the link if it does not work—

(357) The Baptism of Jesus || Animated Bible Stories || Jesus Baptized by John in Jordan River || 4K - YouTube

Week 4 - 'Jesus is the Light of the World

 At the junior school, the children have looked at how and why ‘Jesus is the Light of the World’

 Please click to watch the video below or copy the link if it does not work—

The Light Of The World | English | Parables Of Jesus | Episode 05 - YouTube