Collective Worship

Collective Worship is a key element of our religious life at St. Peter’s. Children engage daily in acts of prayer at key points throughout the day, and in a short period of meditation at the start of each afternoon. We also have weekly assemblies as a whole school, and each class undertake their own acts of worship within the classroom, including child planned and led acts of worship and digital acts of worship from the Mark 10 Mission or Cafod. We also regularly celebrate special holy days within the church calendar.

Our children value these times that they get to spend in conversation and reflection with Jesus and God.

 

“I like meditation because I get a quiet time to talk to God in my heart.” – Eddy

“I like doing the sign of the cross because we’re getting ready to talk to God.” – Malica

Prayer

Each class has a prayer focus table. We display work from our current theme from “Come and See” and provide opportunities to explore Scripture and meaningful prayer in our daily lives.

We have a dedicated Prayer Room which the children can use as they wish. Mrs Connor, our school chaplain, is based in this room where she runs regular prayer groups. She also coordinates our ‘student chaplaincy team’ who plan and run whole school celebrations. There are religious artefacts in the Prayer Room for the children to take back to their classrooms.

Our amazing P.T.F.A has helped turn our dreams of a prayer garden into a reality. The Prayer Garden was officially opened and blessed in October 2015. Each class designed a stepping stone on a prayer theme, and these were added to the Prayer Garden throughout the opening day.

Our Prayer Garden is dedicated to the memory of our wonderful former school secretary, Mrs Saunt, who sadly passed away in 2014.

Whole School Prayer

Each Class has contributed to a whole-school prayer for our school.  You will see the prayer attached below.  There is a copy of the prayer for each class on or by the Class Focus Table.  One of the Chaplaincy Team took photos of the beautiful statue of St. Peter that local artist, Carmel Cauchie, sculpted for our school and each class has a photo of the statue on the copy of their class’s whole-school prayer.

Child Planned & Led Acts of Worship

At St. Peter’s we actively encourage our children to take a leading role in planning and leading their own acts of worship. To help us with this we use a resource called ‘Let Us Pray 2gether.’ This resource helps the children with ideas, activities and Gospel readings for their act of worship. It also helps the children to ensure that they have included the four key areas of acts of worship:

  • Gather
  • The Word
  • Response, and
  • Mission.

Children in our younger year groups are supported with the planning and delivery of their own acts of worship. This helps them to develop their confidence and independence in doing this as they progress through the school.