Our school is designated a Voluntary Controlled School. Worship is an important part of the school day as it gives us the opportunity to come together as a school community to think more deeply about God, about our relationships with others, about God’s world and about ourselves.
We understand worship to be a special act or occasion whose purpose is to show reverence to God. Collective worship involves all members of the school coming together and participating in an assembly. We expect everyone to take an active part in our worship.
Aims of Collective Worship
Our aim at Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School is that worship should:
- reflect our Mission statement and values of the school;
- instil a sense of awe and wonder in the children;
- provide an opportunity for the children to worship God;
- be inclusive and an occasion where each individual’s integrity is respected;
- will have a strong focus on God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit enabling all learners to embark on an understanding of the Trinity;
- offer opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;
- reflect some of the practices and traditions of the local church;
- be regularly monitored and evaluated;
- underpin the Christian values and ethos of the school;
- celebrate the values and worth of the school community;
- help children explore and develop their own spirituality;
- enable children to explore and evaluate their own beliefs;
- celebrate special occasions in the Churches year and the life of the community
- show appreciation for the God given gifts and talents of the school community
- celebrate and give thanks for achievements within the school, local and international community and occasions of significance, including festivals.
We conduct our Collective Worship times in a dignified and respectful way. We tell children that collective worship time is a period of calm reflection. We regard it as a special time and expect children to behave in an appropriate manner. We ask them to be quiet and thoughtful and to listen carefully to the teachings and participate fully in prayer and hymns. We create an appropriate atmosphere by using music and candles or sometimes other objects that act as a focal point for the attention of the children. Our worship usually take place within the school hall, however a number of services a year are held in the church itself and then a larger congregation of parents can join in the worship. We also have the grounds to hold worship outside.
We hold a daily act of collective worship in our school. We meet as a whole school every day except Fridays where we meet in our Key Stages usually in the hall but sometimes in a classroom.
Our weekly worship routine is as follows:
Monday – worship led by the head teacher or SLT member
Tuesday – worship led by visiting clergy or the Headteacher
Wednesday – Awards worship in the morning and a Celebration Class worship with Parents in the afternoon.
Thursday – hymn practice / Songs of Praise
Friday – Key Stage worship
This month we will be learning about why we need to be thankful and give thanks to God for all the wonderful things we have in our own lives. We will also consider what we can do to help those whose lives are not as enriched as our own. We will also be holding our annual Harvest Festival in Holy Trinity Church. Why not take a look at some of the Thankfulness activities below.
Examples of gratitude in the Gospels
•Mary was thankful for the future birth of God’s son [Luke 1]
•Zechariah was thankful for the birth of his son John (the baptist) [Luke 1]
•The disciples were thankful for the storm being stilled [Matthew 8]
•5000 people were miraculously fed by Jesus and gave thanks [Mark 6]
•Zaccheus was thankful for Jesus visiting his house [Luke 19]
•Blind Bartimaeus was thankful that Jesus had restored his sight [Mark 10]
•The Samaritan leper was thankful that Jesus had healed him [Luke 17]
•Jairus was thankful that his daughter was brought back to life [Mark 5]
•Mary and Martha were thankful their brother Lazarus was brought back to life [John 11]
•From Jesus’ stories [Luke 15]: ◦The shepherd was thankful for finding his lost sheep
The woman was thankful for finding her lost coin
The father was thankful when his son returned home
•Mary Magdalene was thankful because Jesus had come back to life [John 20]
Some of these will be the focus in our worship this month
Courage can change lives. People of courage have changed the world!
By being brave and having the courage to face challenges and difficulties, we can grow and make our lives much better.
We will be linking starting a new school year to our value of the month.