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 school’s Catholic identity and is a daily, central feature. The importance of spending time in the presence of God is fundamental to our Catholic faith.
Here at St Joseph’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 twice a week for worship.
On a Monday, we shared the ‘Virtues to Live By’ statement.
On Friday’s, our school meets together again in celebration of the past week. This assembly incorporates an element of Collective Worship at its beginning, focusing on the upcoming Gospel reading. Different classes once again take responsibility for leading this part of the assembly.
Key Stage Collective Worship
Both our Key Stage 1 and 2 children have their own collective worship gatherings each week. These focus on the messages in the Wednesday Word. Each Key Stage also meets once per week to learn a practice a range of different hymns for as St Augustine said “He who sings, prays twice.”
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.