Collective Worship 2020 to 2021
In light of the Covid19 restrictions, we have needed to modify our approach to Collective Worship. Worship takes place in classrooms led by the adult virtually on Microsoft Teams from the school hall. This is usually Mrs Kenzie, with the Minister from Hope Church leading once a week. The same format is followed each time - with the lighting of a candle, an opening response, one key idea based on a Christian value, theme, Bible story or festival, a song, a reflection, a prayer and a closing response. Although not able to sing loudly, the children enjoy signing to the songs.
The themes for collective worship are flexible and responsive to the needs of the children and the community during this time.
Whole School Collective Worship Themes for Autumn Term 2020
Following the school closures earlier this year, our worship this term starts with reminders of our core ethos and values, including:
Change; Every day is a new day; Inspire, Believe, Achieve; Ready, Respectful, Safe; Anti-bullying; Listening; Harvest, thankfulness; counting your blessings; Peace, Remembrance Day; Love: being kind and helpful; Why do we love and care for others? God’s love: Lost Sheep, Lost Coin; Good Samaritan; Advent; Christmas.
Bible verse: We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4 v 19
This year we could not celebrate Harvest Festival in our normal way by visiting the church. Instead we discussed different ideas in worship. Then within our classes and we all thought about how 'Thankful' we are for our food.
We created a joint display of some of our work.
Collective Worship Themes 2019 - 2020
Worship takes place every morning and may be whole school or class worship. Our pattern of worship each week also includes a singing assembly where we practise and add to the songs available for our worship, and a celebration assembly where we celebrate the achievements of different members of our school community.
We are very grateful for the regular input of local clergy and ministers and lay members of various denominations for their contributions to our worship in school and at our church services.
In addition to celebrating and reflecting on seasons of the Church Year, our collective worship themes are planned to include a focus on the Christian values that are an important part of the school ethos and that we aim to reinforce in this time of meeting together. We also value learning about inspirational people and reflecting on what we can learn from their lives.
Below is an overview of some of the themes for this year.
Church Led Worship themes this year:
Thankfulness: “Always be thankful.” 1 Thessalonians 5 verse 16
What is Thankfulness? Thankful for difference and that we are all unique; Counting Your Blessings
Thanking God for People who help us; Remember to say Thank You; Praising God in Creation
Giving thanks when times are difficult; Living thankful and fruitful lives
“As for me, I will always have hope.” Psalm 71 verse 14
God is a sure hope; Rainbow – a symbol of hope; Wishful Thinking; Planting Hope; Hope when things are hard; Bringing Hope to Others (through charity work); Hope for the Future; Jesus - Hope of the World.
Autumn term themes also include: New School Year, Anti-bullying, Harvest, Remembrance, Advent, and Christmas, Prayer - 2 day visit by Inspire Prayer Spaces.
Spring Term 2020
Perseverance: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me,” Philippians 4 verse 13.
Pushing through – Epiphany; Running the race of life; keeping going against all odds; Keep doing the right thing; Meeting a personal challenge; encouraging others to keep going;
Forgiveness: “Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others.” Colossians 3 verse 13.
Every Day is a New Day; wiping the slate clean; turning over a new leaf; forgiving others as God has forgiven you; beginning again; putting the past behind us; When darkness turned to light – Lent and Easter.
Spring term themes also include: New Beginnings and Resolutions, Epiphany, Special Days: Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Mothering Sunday, Lent and Easter.
Summer Term 2020
Truthfulness: “Tell the truth to each other.” Zechariah 8 verse 16.
Telling the whole story; living without lies; making the right choices; searching for the truth; having the courage to be honest; seeing the truth – Trinity.
Courage: “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1 verse 9.
Stepping out of your comfort zone; doing the right thing not the easy thing; facing a challenge; overcoming fear; encouraging others; trusting God’s promises.
Summer term themes also include: The Trinity, Pentecost and Holy Spirit, Ascension, Change and moving on.