Collective Worship Archive
Here you will find the details from previous weeks:
Week Commencing 04.05.20
Collective Worship is one of the best times of day at TGPASJ. We enjoy coming together as a school and taking a few moments to contemplate and celebrate.
This week we are going to take some time to think about what we are thankful for. In these difficult and uncertain times, we can worry about the things and people we are missing. This week, we want to take an opportunity to be thankful for all of the wonderful things and people in our lives, supporting us each day to be safe and happy. With VE Day celebrations on Friday, we can also reflect on how we can thankful for those who lost their lives in World War Two (WW2).
Here is the link to a wonderful and thought provoking Collective Worship produced this week by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, talking about hope.
Here are some Picture News documents about WW2 that would be suitable for KS2 to look at independently and KS1 with support, although Collective Worship is often better when discussion and reflection can take place in a group.
- Picture News Special Resource – VE Day 75th Anniversary 2020
- Picture News Poster – VE Day 75th Anniversary
- VE Day 75th Anniversary Resource – April 2020
Messy Church have provided some great free resources! If you want to have some fun making and crafting whilst reflecting on VE Day, this is the family resources for you.
We always finish our Collective Worship with a prayer. You are welcome to make these prayers your own by saying AMEN at the end, or you can just reflect on the words and message.
Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky’s rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you’ve done.
We miss our friends and our school, but we are thankful for being safe and well at home.
We miss our playtimes and games, but we are thankful for the lovely sunshine that lets us play outside.
We miss our lessons and teachers, but we are thankful to our parents and families for helping us to learn at home.
We miss our time at school together, but we are thankful for the key workers helping to keep us all safe.
Week Commencing 11.05.20
This week we are going to think about Community. This is a huge part of our lives at school. We often talk about our School Community and our School Family. When we are together in school we think about all the ways we support each other and work together to make our school community a happy place. We also think about the wider community around us- our link to the church and the community that makes us part of. We are also part of the community in Shirley. So, how can we make sure that we stay part of our communities whilst we cannot physically see each other?
This thoughtful collective worship has been created by the Blackburn Diocese and is led by their schools’ team- it encourages us to think about ‘Playing our Part’.
You could take a look at this ‘Community’ themed home worship from St Albans Diocese. There are some great activities you could complete at home.
Reflect on these words from the bible: ‘neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Roman 8:39. What they make you think? What do they make you feel? How do they link to the idea of community?
Finally, join us in prayer.
Week Commencing 18.05.20
This week we are going to think about worries. We all have worries, some of them are big and some of them are small. Grown ups have worries too. It is okay to worry about things! Sometimes we worry about new things we’ve not done before; sometimes we worry about being away from the people we love; sometimes we worry about something that has happened or is happening; sometimes we worry about things that haven’t happened yet. We all have worries, and its the way we cope and deal with our worries that is really important. It might help to share our worries with people we trust so that they can help and support us, or help our worries to go away. Can you think about a time you have been worried about something? Who helped you? It’s important to remember that if our worries are getting too big, we must talk to the people we trust who can try to help us with them- that goes for adults and children, no one needs to carry big worries on their own and there are lots of people who can help us.
This story is called ‘Everybody Worries’ by Jon Burgerman and is being read to you by Mrs Nazerali from Year 1.
You can read this book yourself here.
Why not try these Mindfulness Activities for Children? Practising mindfulness can help us to celebrate the present moment! You could also have a go at these Engage Worship ideas.
You could try this prayer at home yourself- it has lovely actions to go along with the words.