We recognise that God is at the heart of the school, and so collective worship has a high priority in the school’s daily life. Collective worship is wholly Christian and parents may withdraw their children on religious grounds. Our times of Collective Worship are of high quality and planned to engage all members of the school’s community. A school is a place in which children and staff are cared for and where they learn to care for one other. Our School seeks to achieve its aims and develop its life and ethos through answering God’s call to:
“Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with your God”.
At our school, we believe that prayer is an important part of being a Christian.
Prayer is a central feature of life at our school because we believe that it not only provides a way of behaving which is kind and loving but rooted in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who is the Saviour of all. This understanding runs through everything we do: the way adults relate to each other and with children, and the way we encourage children to behave towards everyone.
Prayer is a way of both speaking to God and listening to Him. We speak to him when we say prayers, and these might be prayers of thanks, prayers when we ask Him for something when we pray for someone else or say sorry for what we have done wrong. We listen to God by reflecting on what we have seen and heard, and by hearing in our prayers what we should be asking for, or thanking Him for. Jesus told us: “When you pray…” and so prayer is encouraged throughout the day; in class, in the playground, and in times of collective worship.
In times of collective worship, we are reminded of the prayer that Jesus taught us to say: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
We share Grace through praying: The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
We light a candle as part of our assembly: we do this because a candle is a symbol of Jesus, the light of the world, and because the candle carries on burning, carrying on our prayer, even when we are not speaking. It is also a visible sign that worship has begun. At the end of our assembly, we blow out the candle to bring that act of worship to a close
We share a common prayer before lunch and at the end of the day:
Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you, God, for everything.
At the end of the day:
Lord, keep us safe this night,
Secure from all our fears.
May angels guard us while we sleep,
‘Til morning light appears. Amen.