Collective Worship

 

“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs” (Psalm 100, v2)

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Our Collective Worship is a highly valued time in every school day where the whole school community gathers together.  It provides an opportunity for our school community to engage with our own spirituality and Biblical teachings and leave feeling refreshed and inspired.

 

Collective worship gives the whole school community the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an act of community
  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God
  • Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ through Biblical texts
  • Affirm Christian values and attitudes
  • Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar
  • Experience and respond to Anglican traditions and practices
  • Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events
  • Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness
  • Be still and reflect
  • Share each other’s joys and challenges

 

Collective Worship is inclusive in that it welcomes those of Christian faith, other faiths or none.  It recognises the collectivity of all participants, making no assumption that all have the same beliefs and values.   

 

In accordance with legislation an act of Worship happens daily at Cranbrook Church of England Primary.  This can be either together as a whole school or as a class group. Our links with St Dunstan's Church and The Vine Church allow our children a variety of experiences and settings for collective worship. We recognise that worship can take many forms and we ensure our school community has opportunities to experience worship in its many forms. Many of our pupils also take part in Messy Church, run by St Dunstan's Church.  

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Click HERE to view our Collective Worship policy. 

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Roots and Fruits

We use Roots and Fruits as a values-based collective worship resource to support worship and spiritual and moral development in our school. 

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Worship is enriched by the use of:

  • Quotes and questions to encourage deeper thinking about each value
  • Photographs to root the teaching in the everyday experience of children
  • Stories, poems and art
  • Prayers and guided reflections from traditional and contemporary authors
  • Fruits from the Roots – ideas to develop the theme of the worship through the week

 

Collective worship allows all pupils to continue to reflect and respond to the termly value through the use of a reflection area, which is accessible to and inclusive for all pupils.