Collective Worship

Collective worship is a very special and important part of our school day, it is a shared time for us to come together and reflect on the many varied parts of our lives.

Each Collective Worship is based on our school vision and values to ‘Live life in all its fullness’ John 10:10 and ‘Shine like stars in the sky’ Philippians 2:15. To have the courage to act with kindness, patience, love and peace in all the communities they serve in. We are reflecting on our Christian values of kindness, love, patience and peace alongside our golden thread. Our golden thread this half term is to be 'life long readers'.

Our Collective Worship is …
Everyone is welcome to take part in collective worship, as much or as little as they are comfortable with. This means we use invitational language and carefully consider our choice of words and songs. Children are invited to pray but are not compelled or expected to do so; they always have a choice. We invite them to pray or reflect in whatever way they feel comfortable.
Acts of worship need to be inclusive of all. Therefore, we choose topics and ideas that are shared by different faiths and worldviews. When we present Christian teaching, we make it clear that this is ‘what Christians believe’, saying things like:
‘I wonder why this story might be important to Christians?’
‘The story today comes from the Bible (the holy book of Christians), which teaches that …
Our worship should be accessible for children and young people with a range of different backgrounds, we also offer a variety of activities, so that children and young people with differing needs can all find something they can engage with.
We aim for our acts of worship to inspire those engaging with them. How might it engage their emotions, enabling a sense of peace, comfort, hope or motivation? How might it inspire them into action, into thinking differently and considering their behaviour or actions? How might it inspire them to reflect on their faith or beliefs, and on the faith or beliefs of others?

This half term we are beginning by thinking about peace, and what that means to us as individuals and as a school and wider community. We will share and reflect and our ideas will flurish, it is exciting to see where our thinking will lead us.

These are some of the ideas which might inspire our reflections this week...

A special place- what makes places special and peaceful? 

Psalm 46:10 ‘Be still and know that I am God’.

A Swedish proverb says, “Worry gives small things a big shadow.”

In the Bible, God often reminds people to be still, to wait and to stay calm whatever the situation. Christian’s believe that the Bible God says “In quietness and trust you will be strong.” 

Special-Gordon Lamont

Special is something I carry around,
A thought, a memory, hallowed ground.
The football pitch, my favourite beach,
A special place that I can reach.
When I can’t go to my special place,
I turn to my thoughts and let them race.
They fly, and in an instant I see
My special place waiting for me.

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