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 schools catholic identity. The importance of spending time in the presence of God has been fundamental the the Catholic way of life for centuries.
Here at English Martyrs, we ensure that our children have broad and varied opportunities to experience God through prayer and worship.
Whole School Collective Worship
On a Monday, each class takes it in turn to share with the school the statement of the week from Statements to Live By.
Statements To Live By aims to "Nurture human wholeness, through the distinctive Catholic Tradition". The Statements are based on nine guiding principles, rooted in our Catholic Christian Faith. They ensure that children and young people are given opportunities to:
- Hear the Christian story and encounter the person of Jesus.
- Understand their uniqueness as made in the image and likeness of God.
- Experience a sense of belonging within a range of communities, including the local Eucharistic community.
- Know, appreciate and understand the importance of social justice.
- Know that our limitations are also opportunities for growth.
- Understand the connection (wisdom) between knowledge and living.
- Know that everything has the opportunity to reveal God’s presence to us ie to see the divine in the ordinary.
- Forgive and be forgiven, to reconcile and be reconciled.
- Experience fun, humour, imagination, creativity, play and excitement in life.
On a Wednesday, the whole school meets for the Wednesday Word followed by hymn singing with Miss. Kitson. In this time, all children learn and practise 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. 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.
Whole School Masses
Each Term, we have whole school Masses which we celebrate with the parish for different feast days and solemnities and for our school and parish community.