As a church school, 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. They meet with Mrs Addison 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.
Our worship leaders have also been visiting Christ Church to find out more about worship in the Church and to watch communion. As part of this visit then met with members of the congregation and spoke to them about their Christian lives. They then returned to school and did a whole school collective worship to explain what they have seen.
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
- Comic Relief
- Fairtrade visitor from Nicaragua
- The Salvation Army
- The Foodbank
- Soup run
- Golden Eagle preservation
- Team India (Christ Church youth team)
- Crohn's and Colitis UK
- Dogs Trust
We always welcome visitors to our school and so if you would like to come and lead a collective worship then please do get in touch via the contact page.