The Importance of Collective Worship at St Nicholas

At St Nicholas we believe that collective worship and sharing time together is a crucial part of our broader school life. Worship is carried out four times a week with the other being a ‘celebration’ awards worship. Children will also be involved in collective worship in their classrooms. These acts of collective worship will reflect the vision, values and aims of our school.

The acts of Worship are led by either the Headteacher or a Class Teacher and on a Wednesday morning by a member of the clergy. On occasions we may also have visitors come in to deliver and share Worship with us.

Collective Worship is planned for by the member of staff leading Worship. The theme for the Worship is the same for the whole week. Worship links to our school values, Christian festivals and key important dates in the Christian calendar. The Headteacher and the parish priest work closely together to ensure the topics to discuss are relevant and meaningful to the children.

Parents are entitled to withdraw their child from Collective Worship if they wish, however, we urge parents considering this option to speak with the Headteacher, prior to the admission of their child into St Nicholas.

Prayers

Saying prayers together is an important part of everyday life at St Nicholas. We say different prayers at different times of the day and it would be really useful if you could help your child to learn them. During worship we also encourage the children to make up and say their own prayers so that they recognise that they can have their own conversations with God whenever they like – these often go along the lines of: thanking God for something, saying sorry for something and asking for help.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom done,
Your will be done,
On Earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
The power and the glory are yours
Now and for ever
Amen

Lunch time Prayer – KS1

Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything
Amen

Lunchtime Prayer – KS2

For what we are about to receive this lunchtime,
May the Lord make us truly thankful
Amen

End of the Day Prayer

Thank you God for school today,
The lessons we learnt and the games we play.
Thank you God for friends who share,
The books we read and the adults who care.
God bless children everywhere.
Amen

The Grace

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
And the love of God,
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
Be with us all,
Now and forever
Amen

A Night-time prayer to say at home

Lord in heaven, hear my prayer,
Keep me in your loving care.
Be my guide in all I do.
Bless all those who love me, too.
Amen.

Or,

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
Angels watch me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.
Amen

Worship Leaders 2019-2020

Here at St Nicholas Primary Academy, it is already the expectation that children in all year groups will be taking an active part in all acts of worship. This could be, lighting the candle, reading or writing prayers, assisting choosing the readings or even preparing entire acts of worship themselves etc

This year it was decided that worship leaders would take an even more pro-active role in school life. We decided to offer the role to Year 5 and Year 4 children. After reading the job specification and completing the job application form, we were delighted when forty-four children applied. This is well over a third of the children. Children here at St Nicholas value acts of worship and want to take in active role in them, ensuring that they are meaningful and beneficial for all our community. They are brimming with ideas about how to make them even better and what they want to get out of them.

Worship Leaders – Job Role

Anyone can become a worship leader and our aim will be to have worship leaders in all classes across the school. Children do not have to be worship leaders to take on a role in worship – that is something that we expect of all children.

  1. Take an active part in Collective Acts of Worship:
    • Support the teacher running worship
    • Lead the gathering, lighting of the candle, prayer and sending
    • Choose appropriate songs on occasion
    • Our aim is for worship leaders to plan and lead some class worships
  2. To lead by example, demonstrating our Christian Values at all times, showing love and nurture to all members of our community.
  3. Monitor worship and collect pupil voice after assemblies led by visitors:
    • Complete observation sheets and file in the folder in Mrs Turner’s office
    • Feedback to Mrs Turner about what they feel could be done better
  4. Monitor acts of worship delivered by staff and each other
  5. Support other children, classes or key stages in their worships as requested by teachers
  6. Check that class and school prayer areas are up to date and relevant. Take photos and complete a Big Book of reflection and prayer areas.
  7. Write a termly prayer or find a reading, which relates to the termly value, so that it can be published in the newsletter and be put in all areas of reflection for worship.
  8. Support Mrs Turner in the writing of church services.
  9. Help to organise the running of special events in school – Holy Week, Prayer Weeks, lead prayers in front of parents before shows (Nativity show, Year 6 performance)
  10. Maintain the prayer garden
  11. In conjunction with the school council, raise issues that concern them whether that be in school or on a global level and decide what to do about it. This could take many different forms: organising an assembly, designing posters to raise awareness or running fund-raising events.

We expect our worship leaders to behave in a way that truly reflects our school vision and the Christian Values we live our lives by. They are continually striving to be the best they can be, as God intended.


The School at Worship in St Nicholas Church