Worship at St Mary’s
St Mary’s is a VA Church of England Primary School. As such it has a Trust Deed which states that worship “should be in accordance with the principles and practice of the Church of England”. Collective worship takes account of the ages, aptitude and background of the pupils and is provided daily.
Collective worship provides an opportunity for the children to explore, reflect upon and respond to the Christian faith, moral issues and their own beliefs. Participation and response are encouraged whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the worship offered. Collective Worship provides opportunities to develop community spirit and promote a common ethos based on the school’s Christian values.
The cycle and colours of the church year is observed and services are regularly held in the Church for major festivals. We have a school Eucharist in the church three times a year and children are encouraged to lead worship both in school and in the church.
Collective worship is planned around the school’s twelve Values (1 value per term) and the impact of it is evaluated by members of different classes. The school’s close relationship with St Mary’s Church means that the vicar regularly leads worship in school.
We have a school worship team and they prepare the elements and support teachers in the daily worship. As well as the head teacher all teachers lead worship and we enjoy having visitors occasionally to lead worship as well.
In support of the values, prayer is at the heart of our worship, all children know the Lord’s Prayer and they have opportunities during the year to write their own prayers. We have an annual prayer day in school and have a prayer basket where we put our prayers for the term. In every class there is a prayer station which allows children to reflect.
Our structure for worship - 2021 - 2022 consists of:
Daily act of worship
We invite children to worship
It should be an enjoyable part of the day
A ‘party for God’
Main value this term is Community but we will be looking at all of our values.
Monday – Teams led by Head Teacher at 9 am
Tuesday – I SingPop
Wednesday – Worship through Song
Thursday – Class led worship: The Lord's Prayer
Friday – Celebration worship - Lead a member of our Senior Leadership Team
Learning – WINDOW
Reflecting – MIRROR
Responding – DOOR
We have classroom worship teams to help set up and prayer stations set up in class.
Colours of worship important and discussion of the Trinity must come into worship regularly. Children must also understand the spiritual development aspect of worship. Use these phrases with them they need to get used to them.