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Worship guidelines and daily prayers.

Worship Guidelines

Worship should:

  • Give honour and glory to God

  • Feed the spirit through a variety of words, music, images, art

  • Be spiritual – inclusive – educational

  • Be in line with the School’s Mission Statement

  • Have a clear structure

  • Be pupil – centred – related to their experience and concerns

  • Should involve pupils as active participants

  • Foster a sense of community – shared values – identity – purpose

  • Take place with all teaching and non-teaching staff present, if possible

  • Be a breathing space – a time to be still and reflect in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity

  • A special time with a setting that is conducive to worship

  • Have consideration given to entering and leaving

  • Provide opportunity for quiet prayer, meditation – use of silence

  • Have relevance to the liturgical cycle

  • Be led by various people, e.g. Head Teacher, class teacher, visitor, pupils

  • Have a variety of groups

  • Reflect the cultural background of pupils

  • Not be too long i.e. ‘quality’ not ‘quantity’ time

 

 

Prayer and Worship

Daily Prayer

There is a daily staff prayer and reflection which takes place at 8.30 am in the staff room. All teaching staff are expected to attend this if possible.

Every day children will take part in structured collective worship which is either key stage/whole school assemblies or Class collective worship.

 

All year groups will say the Morning Prayer, lunchtime prayer before and after and end of day prayer.

In addition to silent, spontaneous or informal prayer, children should be familiar with the following formal prayers of the Church:

Foundation Stage

Nursery - The Sign of the Cross

Reception - Begin to learn the Our Father and Hail Mary

Key Stage One

Year 1 - Our Father and Hail Mary

Year 2 - Glory Be

Key Stage Two

All the above prayers

Year 3 - Morning Offering

Responses during Mass

Short Act of Contrition (to be said at the end of the day)

Year 4 - Short Act of Faith / Hope / Charity

Knowledge of the Rosary (20 Mysteries)

Year 5 - The Confiteor (I confess)

- The Memorare

Year 6 - The Apostles Creed

Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen)

On Holy Days, children have the opportunity to attend morning Mass. During particular seasons of the Church, special services, such as Stations of the Cross during Lent, will be held in the Church or in the Hall.

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