Worship leaders are well-established throughout the school and lead class, key stage and church worship. Children plan and deliver worship with the support of adults if needed. The school’s worship plans are based on the Diocesan planning and this is amended to meet the needs of the children and sometimes reflect evets that are happening in the world or local community. ‘I love being a worship leader. Over the years, our role has grown and my favourite part of the week is when we write and plan the worship for key stage 1. We sit as a group together and decide how best to make the planning work for the younger children. I have learnt a lot and I know feel really confident talking to anybody. I really like it when the children give us their responses and thoughts. Being a worship leader also encouraged me to get confirmed recently.’
‘I enjoy being a worship leader and leading worship in class. I like feeding back on worship and offering suggestions. Most of all I like juice and biscuits with Reverend Chris.’
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.
- 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
- To lead by example, demonstrating our Christian Values at all times, showing love and nurture to all members of our community.
- 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
- Monitor acts of worship delivered by staff and each other
- Support other children, classes or key stages in their worships as requested by teachers
- 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.
- 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.
- Support Mrs Turner in the writing of church services.
- 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)
- Maintain the prayer garden
- 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.
Worship leaders have regular meetings with Mrs Turner and Reverend Chris. During these meetings, children discuss what is currently happening in school and they want to do to continually improve. Bishop Rose has visited the school a couple of times and has talked to our worship leaders and supported them in delivering worship. She has also met with members of our choir as they sang at the licensing of both Reverend Chris and Reverend Jacky.
The School at Worship in St Nicholas Church