At St. Edward’s, Christ is at the centre of all of our thoughts and actions. Collective Worship allows us all – children, staff, parents and parishioners – to come together to know, serve and love God.
Collective Worship and Assembly Timetable
Monday: Whole School Collective Worship 9:00 am
Tuesday: Class Worship
Wednesday: The “Wednesday Word” KS1 Liturgy 9:00 am KS2 Liturgy 9:30 am
Thursday: Class Worship
Friday: Whole School Celebration Assembly 10:00 am (including an act of collective worship)
Definitions of some forms of worship
Collective Worship is the way in which we connect spiritually with God, our creator, following the example of Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit. This comes in a multitude of forms and there is no right or wrong way to give glory to God.
Mass is at the centre of the celebration of our faith. We celebrate the mystery of the Eucharist as a faith community, praising alongside our parish community of The Holy Name of Mary. Fr Tom is our parish priest and leads our prayer and worship.
Liturgy has a distinct, formalised format that mirrors that of the Mass. There are four sections: Gathering (coming together as a prayer community); Word (listening to God as found in the scriptures); Response (prayer time, reflection or action to digest and ponder over God’s word); Mission (taking the message from the liturgy out into our school, home, community and beyond).
Prayer, according to St. John Damascene, is the “raising of one’s mind and heart to God.” This can be vocalised or internal, contemplative prayer. We can use traditional prayers of the Church or our own thoughts and words.
Whole School Collective Worship
The Head Teacher leads whole school in Collective Worship every fortnight, with individual classes leading worship in the weeks between. The theme is closely linked with the liturgical year so that all members of the school community have an understanding of the readings, colours and messages we listen to and see on Sunday at mass. However, this act of worship may address current issues, events in the week (both secular and religious) or other feasts in the Church’s year.
Friday’s Assembly celebrates our children and the gifts given to us by God, sharing our achievements and talents. While this is not an act of worship within itself, it will begin or end with a form of collective worship.
Key Stage Worship
Teachers lead Collective Worship in their Key Stage Assembly each week. This takes place on Wednesdays. The teachers lead worship by using the ‘Wednesday Word.” Each Wednesday the children receive a copy of the “Wednesday Word” to take home and share with the people in their family.
Please follow this link to find the website for the Wednesday Word.
Teachers in school give children the opportunity to participate, take ownership of their learning and develop their own relationship with God. Teachers aim to give children a real voice in planning and leading worship. It is important that we all look to children as having an important role to play in leading our faith communities; Christ himself said, “Let the little children come to me” (Matthew 19:4), welcoming them as models of faith – and so should we.
We pray together as a class at regular intervals each day and share in collective worship daily, either as a whole school or an individual class. On a Tuesday and a Thursday, pupils and teachers lead worship within the classroom. This can be in any medium of worship. The theme for this worship may be based on our Come and See RE curriculum, the liturgical calendar, current events etc.
The children will lead their own worship within the classroom at least once a week, though this is related to the pupils’ age with regards to their level of involvement.
- EYFS: the theme and style of worship is decided by adults and pupils prepare the Prayer Focus, participating as appropriate.
- KS1: the theme and style of worship is decided by adults and pupils have varying levels of input, according to their ability and confidence. This progresses through the key stage.
- KS2: the theme and style of worship is decided by children with increasing independence, though some support is still given as necessary
Parent Worship/Stay and Pray
Parents are invited to worship with our school community at key events in the year, such as the EYFS Welcome Liturgy and the Y6 Leavers’ Liturgy. They are also welcomed to participate in giving glory to God during specific liturgical seasons, such as Advent and Lent.
Parents are also invited to attend Stay and Pray sessions in every class, whereby they participate in the planning and delivery of our shared worship. This timetable is established across each Key Stage. These will take place in the school hall. Please arrive for 9am if you would like to plan this liturgy with the children or at 9:15am if you would just like to participate in the liturgy itself.
See the information below for dates of upcoming liturgies.
The Wednesday Word is also shared each week for our families to use to support their prayer life at home.
Each class has a Prayer Space that changes regularly. This is a quiet area within the classroom setting where the children can encounter God at a time of their choosing. This usually involves some form of reading, reflection and action. The Prayer Space website has more information, including how you can create your own space at home.
The children are invited to spend some time in our Sacred Space. It is a beautiful place at the front of the school where the children can come and say a quiet prayer or spend some time reflecting. Our Pupil Chaplaincy team takes great pride in creating new prayer activities in here for the children to engage with each week and take turns in monitoring the space. Children in school have a rota for ‘Prayer Passes’ and have the opportunity to spend time, praying and reflecting, during lunchtime.