Stay and Pray Autumn Term
Thank you to all that came to our stay and pray as we begin our come and see journeys in our new years.
This is our Year 1 children inviting their families to share in worship about their topic of love and families. Children went forth in their worship singing a beautiful song, ‘All you need is love.’
This is our Year 5 children leading a worship on their topic Ourselves. Children asked us to think about ways we can be more like God and spread peace a love to others. They spoke about how we are all unique and sang ‘Come and See’ in their beautiful unique voices.
Collective worship begins from the very outset of our school life. Here is Luka who has planned his own worship in class. He has written a sign for his worship,
Here are our reception children leading their own collective worships with the help of their class teacher.
We had the pleasure of inviting Father Melly to our school during the Spring Term. Father Melly joined our nursery children led by Year 3 pupils for a collective worship in their classroom. Father Melly was extremely impressed with how our nursery children sat so quietly and thought about the Word of God and responded with a beautiful song.
Father Melly then joined our Minnie Vinnie group as they invited Year 1 pupils and community members to join us in our new library as we gathered for worship. Father Melly was impressed to see how reverent the children were as they took part in each stage of the collective worship process.
Father Melly then joined our Year 5 pupils who were taking part in our Lenten pilgrimage.
Lent is a special time in our Catholic calendar in which we spare a thought for those who may be less fortunate than ourselves. This year we gathered together to join in a ‘Lenten Pilgrimage’ to take time out to think about others and t say special prayers for them.
We gathered together in the library to think about the journey we are about to take.
At each station, we listen to a CAFOD prayer and thought about the key messages within. We then thought about how these prayers resonate within our own hearts and we thought about how we could follow in God’s footsteps taking forth the message.
You journey with us
You journey with us in all that we do
already present in the people that we meet
and at work in the good they and we choose to do.
Bless the people of….
May their hands and hearts be committed
to bringing hope to those in despair
food to those who are hungry
water to those who thirst
wisdom to those who desire the truth
and justice to those who are oppressed.
Grant that we may share these tasks
as we walk along side our sisters and brothers
Bless us that we may recognise you
in the day to day struggles of all
as we seek to live your life to the full.
After listening to each prayer, we responded in different ways saying a quiet prayer to ourselves and thinking about the messages within each prayer.
Feed the Hungry
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.’
There are people around the world who do not have enough food to eat every day. God asks us to help those who are hungry.
Take a spoon of rice and as you pour it into the basket say a prayer for those who are hungry.
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
We gathered back together to reflect on the pilgrimage and journey we had been on together. We each took away a prayer card and wrote down a prayer with a message of hope for those who need it.
‘We will say a prayer each night for those who go to bed hungry.’
We pray in the morning.
We pray at lunch time.
We pray at the end of the day.
Collective Worship- a school community
Our Mini Vinnies pray for others each week.
Our families joined in our Stay and Pray this week. Fr Andrew came along too.
Year 3 helped us to reflect on the importance of our homes as places of love and care. Take a look at their slide show that accompanied their Collective Worship.
Stay and Pray
All classes celebrated Collective Worship together and invited members of the school community. Children plan their Collective Worship together.
Year 6 children led a beautiful Collective Worship for the whole school on Friday 30th January. They planned it in curriculum time as part of their RE topic. We were all impressed with their reverence and spiritual maturity.
Connor and Eve wrote inspiring psalms. Read them here and take time to reflect.
Let us gather in the light of the Lord.
Let us rejoice in the peace of our world.
Let us listen to others as they do to us.
Now go forth in the light of our God.
Let us reflect on the Holy Spirit.
Let us share the love of God.
Let us respond to the care of others.
Now go forth in the light of God.
Let us remember this pleases God.
Let us think about our everyday actions.
Let us all smile now we are pleasing God.
Now go forth and spread the word of God.
Let us gather our love together
Keep it strong and never lose grip,
Stay cheerful even if disappointed
And always smile for now you are pleasing God.
Rejoice when you see a smile on someone’s face.
Listen when someone is guiding you along the right path.
Respond with joy when someone is saying something important.
Remember that all these things are pleasing God.
Each class takes part in Collective Worship daily.
The children and staff also gather together in Year groups each week to praise God and reflect together.
On Fridays the whole school take part in Collective together with the Head teacher.
Thank you to the breakfast club who led Collective Worship this week. You gave all members of the school community the opportunity to reflect on the Big Question-
When is God pleased with me?
Parents come along to Collective Worship led by the children.
Our next stay and pray session will take place in May EYFS and June for KS1 and KS2. Look out on the newsletter for confirmed dates.