Worship

“To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.” William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury 1942-44

Worship at St Blasius Church of England Primary Academy should:

 

  • Create a time and space where we can come closer to God and God can come closer to us.

  • Be distinctively Christian.

  • Use and promote the clearly identified core Christian values of the academy.

  • Have Integrity as acts of Anglican worship whilst being Invitational, Inclusive and inspirational.

  • Be based on Biblical text or themes.

  • Enable participants to develop an understanding of Jesus Christ and a Christian understanding of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • Be central in importance to the life of our academy community, which is part of a wider community that embraces the whole world.

  • Reflect on human existence.

  • Use the seasons and festivals of the Christian year.

  • Develop understanding of Anglican traditions and the practice of the local parish church.

  • Involve the active encouragement of the local church and members of the clergy.

We aim to promote Collective Acts of Worship, which are rich, meaningful experiences that are appropriate and significant to the pupil’s needs, age, development and interest by creating a sense of occasion and reverence following the 4 central attributes of worship:

Gathering         (enhanced by music, actions, symbols and by those leading worship)

Engaging          (grounded in distinctively Christian teaching)

Responding     (praise, silence, song, guided reflection, prayer, actions)

Sending

Our Collective Worship is planned systematically, so that there is continuity, variety and clear focus on Christian beliefs and festivals. Worship is generally led by academy staff and pupils. But where possible Local Governing Body members, representatives from St Blasius Church, members of different faith communities and members of the local community are invited to lead occasional worships. 

Each week we gather as a whole school for a worship following Values for Life Teaching Christian Values in Primary Schools. Each term the lesson will be linked to our academy’s Christian Values,

  • Autumn Term – Wisdom

  • Spring Term –  Endurance/Perseverance

  • Summer Term – Friendship

 

This will be followed up as a class based worship. Classes will come together for Picture News which has a British values link and a weekly link to UNICEF Rights of the Child. The news topic will also be followed up in class.

Please click here for our Religious Education curriculum overview

Please click here for our Religious Education Policy

Please click here for our Collective Worship Policy

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