At Nailsworth C of E Primary School worship is inclusive, invitational and inspirational.
We aim to offer children the opportunity, without compulsion, to discuss and reflect on their own spirituality.
We offer everyone the opportunity to engage in collective worship, whilst allowing the freedom for those of other faiths and none to be present with integrity.
We aim to ensure that worship is creative and inspires children, through music, liturgy, stories and reflection time.
We aim to develop children’s appreciation of the variety of traditions, globally, in the Anglican/Methodist Church
In order to achieve this we:
- Work closely with our St. Georges church and other local churches, as well as the diocese;
- Enable pupils, as well as adults, to plan, lead and evaluate collective worship;
- Ensure all leaders of worship have relevant training;
- Explore the relevance of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus in today’s world.
We use the symbols of a mirror, door and window to encourage reflection: a mirror to help children see themselves; a door to help them open up to others and a window to help them find a place in the world.
We wholeheartedly endorse this philosophy and support children in understanding their relationships with themselves, each other and the world. Everyday, we join together through Collective Worship to share these Christian values with our children to help them find their place in the world.
The following poem from Conversations with God shows how our chosen Christian Values link together in support of our school vision.
Be a light unto the world, and hurt it not. Seek to build not destroy
Be a shining example.
Speak only in truthfulness.
Act only in love.
Give everything, require nothing.
Avoid the mundane.
Do not accept the unacceptable.
Make every moment of your life an outpouring of love.
Use every moment to think the highest thought, say the highest word, do the highest deed.
Bring peace to the Earth by bringing peace to all those whose lives you touch.
Embrace every circumstance, own every fault, share every joy, contemplate every mystery, walk in every man’s shoes, forgive every offense (including your own), heal every heart, honour every person’s truth.
When someone enters your life unexpectedly, look for the gift that person has come to receive from you.
The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation.
You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew.
Seek therefore, not to find out Who You Are, but seek to determine Who You Want to Be
Central to this desire to understand ourselves, each other and the world is the Christian teaching on the Holy Trinity: God’s description of himself as a relationship of love between Father, Son & Holy Spirit. We believe that this helps the children relate the Christian faith to their everyday lives. Through Collective Worship, we are constantly exploring this relationship between God and ourselves.
To date, we have explored:
- Holy Spirit (the force that drives us from within): Our relationship with our own spirit – What is your YES in life that gets you up each morning, raring to go?
- Jesus the Son (the friend who walks with us through life): Our relationship with others – What do you want others to learn from you?
- God the Father (the creative force we see at work in our world): Our relationship with the World – What do you seek to build in the World?
Due to COVID guidelines, we are unable to come together as a whole school for collective Worship. However, we are fortunate to have many members of the community who are eager to lead class Worship. We will also hold a virtual whole school Worship every Thursday. Classes will rotate, video their Worship and share it with the school! This provides children with opportunities to develop their Christian understanding and personal spirituality.
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|Led by||Class Teacher||Ms. Geller/ Rev. Caroline /
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After Collective Worship, our children have an opportunity to reflect on their experiences. This encourages children to develop their personal spirituality within the school community and direct their own understanding of Christian values.
Each week, a class will reflect on the week’s collective worship in our Collective Worship Big Book. They can write messages to the leader, draw pictures, write prayers and nominate children for one of our Christian Values.