Worship Leaders at CCJ
As a Church school, we feel that collective worship is at the heart of the school day and it is something that every child of all faiths and none are encouraged to engage with. It gives a stilling and reflective space in the busy school day to reflect on ourselves, others, the World and beyond. The more we have evolved collective worship at CCJ, the more we have seen the children want to take ownership of worship. To help with this, we have nominated 'worship leaders' in every class. The meet with Mrs Osborne to offer feedback and ideas about how the school could do more as a Christian school, on the songs and activities they have enjoyed and on what has gone well/could be better.
The worship leaders also take it in turns to help with the collective worships. This will include saying the greeting and closing statements, reading the prayer, acting out bible stories, reading, selecting songs and evaluating the worship. Furthermore, in class, they help their teacher to set up for the weekly class worship and will often speak with the class about ideas and feedback.
As children in this age group become more aware of themselves within the context of the wider world, they increasingly want to raise awareness of issues close to them or their family, or to raise money for a good cause. We actively encourage this and so you will regularly see examples of children deciding to make a difference and live out the Christian values with their peers. Recent examples of causes raised and delivered by the children have included
- Chrohns and Collitis UK
- Golden Eagle preservation
- Homelessness and the Salvation Army
- Malala Yousafzai
- School play pod
- Team India
- Grenfell Towers
They also lead the school with ideas such as the recent peace promises on the playground tree, which they would now like to turn into a friendship zone to encourage those who have no buddies to play with to meet new friends. They are also planning an outdoor reflective area in the newly painted area by the library. The ideas so far include wind chimes, mirrors, big questions, bunting and the school values prayers.