The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18
Collective Worship is a core aspect of our schools catholic identity. The importance of spending time in the presence of God has been fundamental the the Catholic way of life for centuries.
Here at Holy Family & St Michael's, we ensure that our children have broad and varied opportunities to experience God through prayer and worship.
Whole School Collective Worship
Our whole school comes together at least three times a week for worship.
On a Monday's, Mrs Cade shares the weekends Gospel with us, reflecting on its message for us today and we share our prayer focus for the week.
On Wednesday's, Mr Harris or Miss Jackson share with the school the statement of the week from Statements to Live By.
On Friday's, our school meets together again in celebration of the past week. This assembly incorporates an element of Collective Worship, focusing on living life as a disciple of Jesus.
Statements To Live By
Statements To Live By aims to "Nurture human wholeness, through the distinctive Catholic Tradition". The Statements are based on nine guiding principles, rooted in our Catholic Christian Faith. They ensure that children and young people are given opportunities to:
- Hear the Christian story and encounter the person of Jesus.
- Understand their uniqueness as made in the image and likeness of God.
- Experience a sense of belonging within a range of communities, including the local Eucharistic community.
- Know, appreciate and understand the importance of social justice.
- Know that our limitations are also opportunities for growth.
- Understand the connection (wisdom) between knowledge and living.
- Know that everything has the opportunity to reveal God’s presence to us ie to see the divine in the ordinary.
- Forgive and be forgiven, to reconcile and be reconciled.
- Experience fun, humour, imagination, creativity, play and excitement in life.
Class Based Collective Worship
Each class is given several opportunities to pray throughout the day, with one on these being a longer, more formal Collective Worship. Children are taught a range of Catholic prayers to be used in a range of different situations. The children within the class are given the opportunity to plan and lead Collective Worship with the support of the class teachers.
The Wednesday Word spreads the Gospel in a powerful new way - sowing seeds to school parents and their families.
The Wednesday Word mission aims to help all school families draw closer to God, to the Church and to each other. The Wednesday Word particularly seeks to reach the majority of parents (which statistics tell us are 80% in many schools) who do not take their baptised children to church or read the Bible together.
The primary school version of The Wednesday Word is a double-sided A4 leaflet which carries the Sunday Gospel into school family homes. The children receive the leaflet in school each week for them to take home with them to read with the rest of the family.
Holy Family and St Michael's distribute the Wednesday Word every week to every family via letter carriers to take home.
Further information can be found via the link below