Pupils take part in Collective Worship everyday at St James’s as a whole school, Key Stage or class. It is a special part of our day where children and staff can stop, reflect and worship whatever their faith. We are regularly joined by special visitors, parents, governors and members of the clergy.
Outdoor worship takes place in the form of our Summer Communion Service and for special event such as ‘Go Wild’ week and our Harvest Festival. Pupils across school take leading roles in assemblies and some plan their own acts of worship, in addition all children can suggest prayers, hymns and themes using our suggestion box.
This year we officially opened our Prayer Garden which was designed and created by pupils with a little help from Squires Sanders Solicitors . Our aim was to create a special place where pupils could visit, reflect, pray and think what a wonderful world! We would also like to thank all of the members of staff who helped with this project and parents who donated plants.
Fourteen of our Y6 pupils, as well as three parents from our school, were confirmed by Bishop Graham on 14th June 2017. The lovely service was followed by a buffet for 160 people back at school. Thank you very much to Mrs Skeldon and Revd. Nick for preparing the children to be confirmed. Thanks also to our fabulous PTFA who paid for, prepared and served the wonderful food and drinks for the families to enjoy. It was a lovely evening which truly reflected our church school ethos and Christian distinctiveness.
Grace (Y6) ‘It felt special to be confirmed in church because it was like I was becoming a part of another family.’
Emma (Y6) ‘I felt a different person afterwards. Bishop Graham made the service special but also fun.’
Outdoor Communion Service- June 2017
Hettie (Y3) ‘Everyone put a flag in the sand to represent a different word. My class had companionship. Other classes had other ship words like membership and partnership. I felt happy to be part of the service.’
Ailee (Y6) ‘At the Communion Service I was able to have bread and wine with the other children who had just been confirmed and the teachers in school. I felt grown up and ready to make my own decisions about my faith and life.’
Kiera (Y6) ‘The outdoors service was peaceful as we had it in the Prayer Garden. The singing was amazing. The music stopped but everyone kept singing and it sounded beautiful.’
Josh (Y4) ‘The service was enjoyable because we sang lots of hymns. We also shared bread as part of the service. It felt different because we were outside on a lovely sunny day.’