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Collective Worship

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18

Collective Worship is a core aspect of our schools catholic identity. The importance of spending time in the presence of God has been fundamental the the Catholic way of life for centuries.

Here at St Joseph's, we ensure that our children have broad and varied opportunities to experience God through prayer and worship.

Whole School Collective Worship 

Our whole school comes together at least twice a week for worship.

On a Monday's, each class takes it in turn to share with the school the statement of the week from Statements to Live By

On Friday's, our school meets together again in celebration of the past week. This assembly incorporates an element of Collective Worship at its beginning, focusing on the upcoming Gospel reading. Different classes once again take responsibility for leading this part of the assembly.

Statements To Live By

Statements To Live By aims to "Nurture human wholeness, through the distinctive Catholic Tradition". The Statements are based on nine guiding principles, rooted in our Catholic Christian Faith. They ensure that children and young people are given opportunities to:

  1.  Hear the Christian story and encounter the person of Jesus.
  2.  Understand their uniqueness as made in the image and likeness of God.
  3.  Experience a sense of belonging within a range of communities, including the local Eucharistic community.
  4.  Know, appreciate and understand the importance of social justice.
  5.  Know that our limitations are also opportunities for growth.
  6.  Understand the connection (wisdom) between knowledge and living.
  7.  Know that everything has the opportunity to reveal God’s presence to us ie to see the divine in the ordinary.
  8.  Forgive and be forgiven, to reconcile and be reconciled.
  9.  Experience fun, humour, imagination, creativity, play and excitement in life.

Statements To Live By

Latest Statements To Live By Events

10. I think before I make choices that affect my health.20Nov2017

This weeks Statement to Live By focus.

Christ the King27Nov2017

This weeks collective worship focus.

First week of Advent04Dec2017

This weeks collective worship focus.

Second week of Advent11Dec2017

This weeks collective worship focus.

Third week of Advent18Dec2017

This weeks collective worship focus.

Calendars page(s): Statements To Live By >>

Key Stage Collective Worship 

Both our infant and junior children have their own collective worship gatherings each week. These focus on the messages in the Wednesday Word. Each Key Stage also meets once per week to learn a practice a range of different hymns for as St Augustine said "He who sings, prays twice."

Class Based Collective Worship 

Each class is given several opportunities to pray throughout the day, with one on these being a longer, more formal Collective Worship. Children are taught a range of Catholic prayers to be used in a range of different situations. The children within the class are given the opportunity to plan and lead Collective Worship with the support of the class teachers. 

Class Mass

Each week, a different class within our school attends Mass in St Joseph's Catholic Church. Our children are encourage to participate fully in the Mass and often participate through reading, singing and serving at Mass.

Each Term, we also have whole school Masses which we celebrate with the parish for different feast days and solemnities and for our school and parish community.