Whole School Assemblies/Collective Worship

Collective Worship Timetable 2018/2019

Summer Term

Collective Worship Timetable 2018/2019

Spring Term 2019

Collective Worship Timetable 2018/2019

Autumn Term 2018

Saint Patrick (Class 2) Assembly 27th June 2019

Helping Hands

This topic follows on from the previous unit and the concept of caritas to explore more fully Church teaching on the cardinal virtues. This unit continues to present Luke’s Gospel as its source by teaching the story of the Good Samaritan as a model for a virtuous life.

Loving God,

you taught us to care for others as the Samaritan did.

We pray for doctors and nurses and other people who care for those who are sick.

Help us to take care of people we see who need our help and care. 

We ask this through Jesus who taught us in his stories.

Amen

 

Saint Bernadette (Class 1) Assembly 13th June 2019

From Easter to Pentecost 

This unit continues learning about Easter by exploring the Season of Easter, the period from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. Belief in the resurrection is presented as one of the founding beliefs of Christians.  This resource teaches from the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles, also written by Luke. It uses Luke’s technique of ‘bridge people’ to explore those who brought Christianity to England.

 

Loving God,

In loving you we are called to pass on the message of your love to others.

We thank you for all those ‘bridge people’ who have made a road for us to walk. 

May we be like them; setting a path for others to follow.

Amen

Saint George (Class 4) Assembly 28th March 2019

From Lent to Easter

Praying the Stations of the Cross is both an action of compassion (love) and appreciation (thanks).

 As an action of compassion it demonstrates love of Christ during his time of suffering – a bit like taking someone to the sickbay or hospital if they are hurt or experiencing some sort of pain (physical or emotional.) It is an act of solidarity, of standing by someone, with compassion, care and a willingness to ‘walk in their shoes’. People who walk the Stations now feel connected to Jesus during his time of pain and suffering. We can also feel this in praying the stations.

 As an action of appreciation walking/praying the stations is an action of thanks. Christians believe that Jesus’ death changed our relationship with God for ever. It was the ultimate gift, one that brought us close to God in new ways. Jesus could have avoided being killed by running away or by denying who he was at his trial, but he did not. If we remember that Jesus was God, the death of God in human form showed us that fidelity to love and to forgiveness is always the best way – even if it costs a great deal.

 During Lent, as we prepare for Easter, praying the Stations of the Cross reminds Catholics of God’s great love for us, shown in the life and death of Jesus; God in human form.

      Lord,

As we begin (continue) this journey with you to Easter, help us to remember to stay close to you in what we do, and what we think, and what we say.

Make us mindful of those around us, particularly those who suffer, and help us to give generously of out time our thoughtfulness and our gifts, this Lent.

We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen

Ash Wednesday Service with Father Anthony 2019

Saint Teresa (Class 3) Assembly 14th February 2019

Being A Sacramental People

 Having learned something of the nature of God we now ask where God is - and find out that God is with us in our world, bidden or not! Being sacramental means that we can know God in our everyday lives – the highs and lows, the joys and fears. There is nowhere that God is not! In this topic we look for God in the world and come to understand that knowing God in our everyday helps us to see how the Sacraments celebrate and express this.

Loving God,

At every moment of our lives you are present to us, God, in gentle compassion,

in strengthening guidance and in and loving forgiveness.

Help us to recognise you around us,

especially in our actions and words so that our being in the world helps heal it of fear and hurt and doubt.

We ask this through Jesus who taught us to love.

Amen.

Saint John Paul (Class 5) Assembly 24th January 2019

New year, new starts and our resolutions

At the beginning of each year many people reflect upon their life and what they can do to improve it. 

 January tends to be the time when we attempt to turn over a new leaf, making resolutions to make new starts.

 What have you thought you would do this New Year? Have you managed to stick to it?

Dear God,

Thank you that each new day is a day full of opportunities.

Thank you that each New Year is full of opportunities and to have a fresh start.

Please help us when we make mistakes and are struggling to achieve our hopes and dreams

Amen

Christmas 2018 Nursery and Year 1

Saint Angela (Class 6) Assembly 29th November 2018

God of hope, who brought love into this world, be the love that dwells between us.

God of hope, who brought peace into this world, be the peace that dwells between us.

God of hope, who brought joy into this world, be the joy that dwells between us.

God of hope, the rock we stand upon, be the centre, the focus of our lives always, and particularly

Saint Christopher (Class 7) Assembly 11th October 2018

God who is bigger than all we can imagine or say. Help us to see you in our world; in the beauty of the natural world, in the traditions of our Church, in the stories of Scripture and in the people around us. May we remember that, created in your image, we are like you and we show others what you are like. We ask this through Jesus who took on human to show us your great love,

Amen. 

Saint Bernadette (Class 1) Assembly 11th May 2018

From Easter to Pentecost

During this topic children have explored the season of Easter as the celebration of the resurrection and coming of the Spirit. The season of Easter begins with Easter Sunday and finishes with Pentecost. The stories of the Season of Easter are our Gold Star stories as they show us that Jesus was not just an ordinary person – he rose from the dead and came to life again!

Without the resurrection the Church would not have begun.

Loving God,

after Jesus died the disciples were sad.

When he came alive again they were excited and happy.

Help us to remember that our lives are precious and to take good care of ourselves.

Help us to tell others about Jesus being alive again.

Amen

Saint Theresa (Class 3) Assembly 15th March 2018

Lent to Easter

Lent is the season of 40 days before Easter. In 2018 Lent begins on February 14th with Ash Wednesday and concludes on March 29th, Holy Thursday. The Church then begins the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Lent is about conversion, about changing our lives so that they reflect more completely on that of Christ. The Church has identified three Lenten practises which help us great ready for Easter: fasting (often from food but also from practices which ‘destroy’ rather than ‘create’; almsgiving – giving generously…often to a charity; prayer.

‘Let me see your presence Lord, in my life this Lent’

Saint George (Class 4) Assembly 8th February 2018

Jesus at Prayer

This topic presents pupils with the story of the Exodus and within it, the Passover. As a Jew, Jesus would have celebrated Passover with his family; in preparation for Easter this resource teaches pupils about the story that is the foundation for our own Eucharist. 

Blessed are You,

Lord our God,

ruler of the universe,

who has kept us alive,

sustained us and enabled us to celebrate this joyous occasion.

May we remember all those who live in fear or oppression;

help us to work towards their release and freedom.

Amen.

 

Adapted from the Haggadah, the prayer of the Passover meal.   

Saint John Paul (Class 5) Assembly 25th January 2018

New year, new starts and our resolutions

At the beginning of each year many people reflect upon their life and what they can do to improve it. 

 January tends to be the time when we attempt to turn over a new leaf, making resolutions to make new starts.

 What have you thought you would do this New Year? Have you managed to stick to it?

Dear God,

Thank you that each new day is a day full of opportunities.

Thank you that each New Year is full of opportunities and to have a fresh start.

Please help us when we make mistakes and are struggling to achieve our hopes and dreams

Amen

Year 1 Nativity December 2017

The big star has to show the way to the stable where a special baby has been born - but he just can't shine. How will the shepherds and kings find their way if they cannot follow the star?

Fortunately, all the other stars lead the big star to the stable where he sees Mary, Joseph and the beautiful baby. He realises that Jesus loves all the stars, angels and people of the world and this love gives the big star the strength to shine again.

Saint Rita Class Assembly

From Advent to Christmas

The word “Advent” comes from the word adventus, the name of a pagan feast held to celebrate the ‘coming’ or ‘manifestation’ of a divine being who came to ‘dwell’ in the temple at a certain time each year.

Adventus was the celebration of an anniversary, of the returning of this presence.

After the birth of Jesus thought and the establishment of the church adventus came to be associated with the coming of God in Jesus. At first the time was used to prepare and wait for the second coming of Christ (Catholic Christians believe that one day, God will come again into the world – listen during Mass when we declare this in the Eucharistic prayer) but gradually it became limited to preparing and waiting for the anniversary of the birth of Christ

For the Church now, Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas, often with Advent wreaths, calendars and prayers.

The liturgical colour for Advent, as for Lent, is purple, the colour associated with penance. However, the mood generated by the readings for Advent is one of devout and joyful expectation, not penance.

Hence more recently there has been a move away from the heavy purple of Lent to lighter violet shades for Advent. 

Saint Christopher Class Assembly

Beginning with the Church

During this RE topic we have been learning about Sacraments of Initiation. 

Initiation is common to all humans – we welcome people at every stage of their lives: from birth to death.

This prayer was adapted from one which does not name God as the source of our being….now it uses words, actions and symbols to make clear that this is what we believe!

 God of my life; 

today, tomorrow and always… 

May I...

Seek truth with courage,

Bring healing through your Spirit,

Cultivate respect, patience and kindness,

Meet responsibilities with creativity and perseverance,

Guide me so that I… 

Stop to know your presence,

Make time to speak to you,

Listen to you whispering to me,

Amen.

Father Anthony visited us to celebrate an Ash Wednesday service with us in the Infant School.