At St.Mary’s the children take part in an act of daily collective worship.
Our invitational collective worship is a special time for our school to gather together to:
When we arrive for collective worship, we light our Easter Candle (which is kindly donated by St. Mary’s church every year) and the worship leaders declares that ‘The Lord is here’ and the children are invited to respond with ‘The Spirit is with us.’ As the children leave, the worship leader states ‘May the light of Christ’ and the children are invited to respond with ‘Shine in our hearts’.
The relationship between our parish church, the local community and St. Mary’s School is strong and highly valued. Once a fortnight, the children take part in collective worship at St. Mary’s Church. The journey to church is an act a worship of its own; admiring God’s Creation as the children walk though the beauty of Oak Hill Park. We also visit Brookside Methodist Church at least once a term.
Every Thursday, the children in Year 6 help to lead collective worship, by sharing a Bible reading and prayers. Our prayers always show an awareness of current school or World events, or significant dates in the calendar.
Once a term, the children and staff are invited to Holy Communion Service as a celebration of the Eucharist, which is usually held at St. Mary’s Church. All children and staff are also offered a Blessing to ensure that they are purposefully included in this special act of worship.
The Rector, Rev. Dr. Alec Corio works closely with the Headteacher to help shape the collective worship plan across the school year.
Each half term, our collective worship focus is on a chosen Christian value. We hear Bible stories and learn memory verses that exemplify these values for every day.