Pupils take part in worship every day at St James’s either as a whole school or within their Key Stages. This is a special part of our day where children and adults can stop, reflect and worship whatever their faith. Pupils across school take leading roles in assemblies and some plan their own acts of worship. In addition, all children can write prayers, hymns and themes using our suggestion box.
Advent Collective Worship
Each December we hold a series of Advent Collective Worships in school. We start the Christmas story using Godly Play resources. Each year group has created a part of the display in the hall which tells the Christmas story.
Collective Worship Table Children have been busy using the Collective Worship table and post box in the hall to write prayers and request their favourite hymns for us to sing together. The Collective Worship Group then sort the requests out and give to staff to include in assemblies.
Fruit of the Spirit Prayers – During our Experience Harvest celebration at church, our children wrote some Fruits of the Spirit prayers. Here are a selection for you to enjoy.
Y2 Year Group Collective Worship for Parents – October 2018
In school we have been learning about lots of different prophets from the Bible. Year 2 shared their Collective Worship with parents. The children sang songs, told stories and even learned a poem about Abraham. Here are some comments made by parents:-
‘It was endearing to watch the children share what they have learned. The children seemed very engaged and demonstrated their knowledge with pride and confidence.’
‘They obviously understood what they had been taught about Abraham and it had been delivered in a very engaging way as they were clearly enjoying themselves.’
‘Attending any assembly at St James’s is a real joy and we always receive a warm welcome.’
‘I think it is wonderful to share what the children are doing with their parents.’
Lindsey Brown-October 2018 – St James’s very good friend Lindsey Brown has been into school to lead another assembly for us. Lindsey tells Bible stories at the same time as painting the key messages from the stories. Lindsey told us the story of the Good Samaritan and then we thought about ways that we could be God’s friend too.
Blessing the Bus. Reverend Nick blessing the new bus! Thank you to the church for letting us use the bus to take pupils to lots of different events throughout the school year.
We have all been learning about Jesus’ special friends through our assemblies. Each class are continuing to discuss the disciples and who they were.
Summer Term 2018 Church Service
We all had such a lot of fun at the Summer Term Church Service led by school staff. Mrs Skeldon organised a kazoo competition during the service- both teams were very competitive! It was lovely to fill the church hall with families from school and members of the congregation from St James’ Church.
Summer 2018 Communion Service
Thank you to everyone who came to join us for our Summer Outdoors Communion Service at school. It was lovely having so many parents and congregation from church come to share this special service where our newly confirmed Y6 pupils received bread and wine for the fist time in school. The prayers that each year group shared are now hung proudly on our tree on the orchard so we do hope you take time to read them.