During the Coronavirus Pandemic we are streaming Worship from Jam ' n' Toast Family Service at St Paul's Church, Withnell, a sister church of Mr Metcalfe's one he normally attends and we have also recorded our own for our Weekly Woprship.
You will find links to the services and the activities in the children's Google Classroom.
The latest task is to send a very short hello video to Gary and Carolyn who run the service, post it using the assignment in the classroom.
To become a member of this Google Classroom click on the '+' button in your year group one and enter the class code below.
Worship is central to the life of our school.
We cenbrate worship as a whole school, departments and in classes, sometimes led by children in a class, our Worship Council, or a member of staff. In most cases the worship encorages participation through being;
- Invitational: children are encourages to be involved but it is a personal response
- Inspirational: children are encoraged to think deeply and to be able to internalise the key messages, leading to personal of collective action
- Inclusive: all children are able to access the worship in their own wayFeedback from a worship attended by Liverpool Diocese teacher Adviser when we hosted 16 NQTs for training wrote on our feedback postcards: 'A warm welcome to everyone -all were included, made to feel this worship was theirs. Setting up the worship table secures a clear understanding of the Trinity. The pupils lead an inspirational worship with a wide variety of stimulus that all linked so well to the Bible passage in Hebrews - our hope is secure in Christ'. (Jen McIween, 04/11/19)
a. Collective Worship Aims
Aims of Collective Worship are:
• To provide an opportunity for the children to reflect upon God and give him praise
• To help children discover their place in the world
• To provide an opportunity to celebrate major, and some minor Christian celebrations
• To enable children to make effective use of silence in opportunities for reflection, contemplation and prayer
• To celebrate gifts, talents and achievement
• To establish, explore and reinforce the common Christian values of the school community such as love, peace, kindness and compassion
• To foster a feeling of community and belonging in the school through a sharing of experiences and feelings
• To develop personal relationships and encourage social development
• To provide opportunities to emphasise with the needs of others
• To provide an opportunity for children to become acquainted with people from the local and wider community, particularly the local Church.
b. Collective Worship Guidance
In a busy, lively Primary school it is important to set aside time for the children to come together in a feeling of belonging and community to reflect on ideas surrounding their lives. It is central to developing our ethos as a Chirstian community and an opportunity to celebrate our school’s Church Values. Daily acts of worship take place in different contexts (class, year group, departmental and whole school) and are led by different stakeholders – the Headteacher and Senior Leaders; Class teachers; Clergy members, the collective worship team and pupils. Parents are invited to join weekly eucharist services and also specific class worships, where their children share a developing knowledge of their Christian identity.