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Collective Worship

 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100: 1-4...

Our Collective Worship is a highly valued time in every school day when the whole school community gathers together.  It provides an opportunity for our school community to engage with our own spirituality and Biblical teachings and leave feeling refreshed and inspired.

Collective worship gives the whole school community the opportunity to:
  • Engage in an act of community

  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God

  • Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ through Biblical texts

  • Affirm Christian values and attitudes

  • Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar

  • Experience and respond to Anglican traditions and practices

  • Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events

  • Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness

  • Be still and reflect

  • Share each other’s joys and challenges

Collective Worship is inclusive in that it welcomes those of Christian faith, other faiths or none.  It recognises the collectivity of all participants, making no assumption that all have the same beliefs and values.   

In accordance with legislation an act of Worship happens daily at Wateringbury Church of England Primary.  This can be either together as a whole school or as a class group. Our links with St John the Baptist Church and High Hopes Children’s Workshop allow our children a variety of experiences and settings for collective worship. We recognise that worship can take many forms, and we ensure our school community has opportunities to experience worship in its many forms. Many of our pupils also take part in Messy Church, run by St John the Baptist Church.  

Collective worship allows all pupils to continue to reflect and respond to the termly value through the use of a reflection area, which is accessible to and inclusive for all pupils.