Worship each half term has a value focus.
Hope Peace Courage Thankfulness Truthfulness Friendship
The theme for each week’s collective worship is introduced on a Monday and revisited throughout the week. Time is also given during the year for reflections on the Church calendar; other faiths, global citizenship and current events.
Acts of worship often include secular and ritual aspects; these are a means of enabling worship and include:
- Lighting a candle
- Greetings and Dismissals
- Moments of silence
- Opportunities for reflection
- Stories and readings from the Bible
- Sharing of personal experiences
- Worship songs, hymns and music
- Artefacts, images, artwork and natural materials
- Children’s contributions – internal, verbal or written
Weekly worship at Hale CEVC Primary School
Whole school worship
In class worship – Values for Life
In class worship – Picture News
Whole school worship led by our visiting church leaders
Worship within the classroom
We strive to empower and inspire every child to lead acts of worship, as well as participating in them. Every year, each child has the opportunity to lead class worship for half a term as a Worship Ambassador, becoming part of a worship team as well as helping to lead a whole school worship to which their families are warmly invited. The children enjoy taking an active role through laying the worship table, opening and closing worship using the appropriate phrases and supporting the deliverance of the service. As they move up the year groups, they will begin to plan and deliver more of these services in greater depth. Thoughts and reflections are shared openly in this safe, familiar and loving environment and are recorded in our Class Worship floor books which the pupils proudly share with family and visitors. The children enjoy these worships and the accompanying sense of responsibility and it is a highlight of our week in our classrooms! We feel this experience also helps the children to grow in confidence and to consider their own faith journey as they share in worship with one another more actively and personally.
Worship Area / Resources
Within each classroom there is a familiar area dedicated to worship and reflection. Work celebrating each new value is added to this area alongside the accompanying biblical quote.
Every class has their own Worship Box which holds a Bible, a beautiful prayer cross, a candle, ribbons of the liturgical colours and the Worship File. Items that support the theme/focus such as photographs and special objects are sometimes added by staff and/or children. Fabric for the table is also included to focus attention at this special time.
We follow the ‘Values for Life’ Worship programme which gives suggestions for stories, appropriate for the different key stages, to share and suitable introductions to each new half termly value.
Picture News is shared each week as a part of our classroom worship and within these sessions links to our Christian teaching and our British values are explored. Reflections and comments by the class are celebrated in our Class Assembly floor book.
Our Worship Partners
We are fortunate to have regular visitors to lead our whole school Thursday worship to which family and friends are invited. Gilly Thomson from St Mary’s Church is a much loved member of our school family and we are waiting with anticipation to welcome the replacement minister when they arrive. Through this weekly worship, our visitors deliver important messages to children and staff which encourage us all to think, reflect and talk about God and our own personal faith
This is our school
Let peace dwell here
Let peace begin with me
Let the room be full of contentment
Let love abide here
Love of one another
Love of humankind
Love of life itself
And love of God
Let us remember
That as many hands build a house
So many hearts make a school