At Whiteparish All Saints Church of England Primary School we are committed to offering high quality collective worship. Collective worship is central to fostering a sense of community and to expressing the school's Christian values. It provides the opportunity for pupils and adults to encounter faith by engaging in conversations about God, both as individuals and together.
Through Collective Worship we aim to enable pupils and adults to ask big questions about who we are and why we do what we do. It should motivate pupils and adults into action, into thinking differently, and into reflecting on their wider community's behaviour and actions.
Collective Worship is used to explore the school's three key Christian values: Perseverence, Kindness and Hope.
Coming together to worship collectively also allows pupils and adults to appreciate the relevance of faith in today's world by encountering the teachings of Jesus and the Bible.
The school's local vicar, Reverend Jane Dunlop, works with children as part of the school's collective worship group. This group promotes the Vision and the Values of the school. The purpose of the group is to demonstrate to other children that worship is not something which has to be delivered to them by an adult, it is something they can participate in and deliver themselves. It builds connections with children across all year groups.
It also allows Reverend Jane to build a relationship with the children in the group, giving the children space to discuss worship themes and to work alongside the group in planning and deciding how to deliver collective worship. Through delivering and leading collective worship, it is hoped that all children come to realise that collective worship is for everyone.
Here is what members of the Collective Worship Group think:
"It makes it easier for other children to understand about God."
"It allows us to show our belief in God."
It shows other children that "Collective Worship is fun," and "we can all learn from the stories."
"It gives an example to the other children, especially the younger ones, that they can do this one day."