Mrs Graham, our Headteacher, leads us in worship every day. We join together as a school community to reflect in an atmosphere of Peace and Respect. Bible readings are used to help us to learn how we can live our school values. A combination of music, song, drama, artefacts and storytelling bring the worship to life for the children.
Our traditional Advent worship was held at St Mary's Church. The Advent candles were lit and we learned about the significance of this period of reflection as prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Year 6 shared Bible readings from the Old and New testaments.
Following the recent First Communion classes, we incorporated Eucharist into the worship. Father Steve reminded us of the symbolism of the Bread and Wine, recalling Jesus' words at the Last Supper.
Mrs Chetri led a lovely worship to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali. We lit the oil lamp (diya or diva) to bring positivity, prosperity and success in our life. It also symbolizes the victory of good over evil and we explored this theme as we learned the story of Rama and Sita and why this is important for Hindus. Finally, we learned some of the colourful ways that Hindus celebrate Diwali.
Father Max led us in a very special Harvest worship as we gave thanks for all that we have in the world. Thank you to all of our families, who very generously donated a record breaking amount of food and toiletries, especially given the challenging times we are living in. All of the contributions will be shared with those most in need in our local community.
The children confidently sang three special Harvest songs and Year 6 delivered the readings and prayers. During the worship, Father Max taught us how bread is made before blessing a very special harvest loaf, kindly baked by one of our School Governors, Kate Riches. Back at school, every child in our school community was offered a delicious piece of the Harvest loaf, as we shared one bread together.
At this most important time of year in the Christian calendar, we welcomed Father Steve and Father Max to lead us in our Easter worship. Year 6 shared some Bible readings relating to the events of Holy Week and Father Max brought these to life - with the help of some of our children! Thank you to our School Governor Mr Stringfellow, who accompanied our hymns and led the School Choir in two beautiful and reflective songs. At the end of the worship, each child received a palm cross before spending some time peacefully in our Spiritual Garden, where a reflective scene of Jesus' tomb had been created.
We gave thanks to our Mothers in this special worship. We were joined by Reader Marion and Father Max from St Mary's Church. Children discussed what makes their Mothers so special and how we can help them. Thanks to all of the mothers who joined us for worship and received some Spring daffodils as a gift from their children.
We were blessed to be joined by Father Steve and Father Max from St Mary's Church for this special worship. The children reflected on the significance of Lent as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter. Children were given the opportunity to choose to receive an 'ashing' - the sign of the cross made using ashes from the Palm Sunday crosses.
A Week of Worship at St Mary's
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