Southborough C of E Primary School

Collective worship

At Southborough Church of England Primary School our vision and values weave through our Collective Worship provision throughout the year. 

Matthew 5: 14-16

 

You are like a light for the whole world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house.  In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

Our Vision: GIFT

Giving       Inspiring       Flourishing      Together

Our school is a beacon of light in our community.  The light of Jesus inspires us to use our gifts with integrity so that we can shine and flourish together.  We encourage, nurture and respect each other as we grow in our learning and our living. 

Together we shine brightly.

OUR VALUES

 

Each value is very special to the school and opportunities are taken throughout the year to discuss and celebrate these.  Every term we focus on one of our values during Collective Worship and in our classrooms.  Alongside these are our linked Bible stories which help us to reflect on our values further.

Term 1: Perseverance

The story of the lost sheep   Luke 15: 3-7

So Jesus told them this parable: 

 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them—what do you do? You leave the other ninety-nine sheep in the pasture and go looking for the one that got lost until you find it. When you find it, you are so happy that you put it on your shoulders  and carry it back home. Then you call your friends and neighbours together and say to them, ‘I am so happy I found my lost sheep. Let us celebrate!’  

 

Term 2: Peace

Jesus calms the storm Luke 8:22-25

One day Jesus and his disciples got into a boat. He said to them, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they started out. As they were sailing along, Jesus fell asleep. 

A violent storm came across the lake. The boat was taking on water, and they were in danger. They went to him, woke him up, and said, “Master! Master! We’re going to die!” 

Then he got up and ordered the wind and the waves to stop. The wind stopped, and the sea became calm. He asked them, “Where is your faith?” 

Frightened and amazed, they asked each other, “Who is this man? He gives orders to the wind and the water, and they obey him! 

 

Term 3: Compassion

The Good Samaritan:   Luke 10:25-37

Then an expert in Moses’ Teachings asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?” 

Jesus replied, “A man went from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way robbers stripped him, beat him, and left him for dead.  “By chance, a priest was traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he went around him and continued on his way. Then a Levite came to that place. When he saw the man, he, too, went around him and continued on his way. 

“But a Samaritan, as he was traveling along, came across the man. When the Samaritan saw him, he felt sorry for the man, went to him, and cleaned and bandaged his wounds. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. He told the innkeeper, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than that, I’ll pay you on my return trip.’ 

“Of these three men, who do you think was a neighbour to the man who was attacked by robbers?” 

The expert said, “The one who was kind enough to help him.” 

Jesus told him, “Go and imitate his example!” 

 

Term 4: Forgiveness

The story of the lost son   Luke 15: 11-32

Jesus went on to say, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, ‘Father, give me my share of the property now.’ So the man divided his property between his two sons. After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living. He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country, and he was left without a thing. So he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him out to his farm to take care of the pigs.  He wished he could fill himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat.  At last he came to his senses and said, ‘All my father's hired workers have more than they can eat, and here I am about to starve! I will get up and go to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers.”’ 2So he got up and started back to his father. 

“He was still a long way from home when his father saw him; his heart was filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms around his son, and kissed him. ‘Father,’ the son said, ‘I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son.’  But the father called to his servants. ‘Hurry!’ he said. ‘Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Then go and get the prize calf and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast! For this son of mine was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.’ And so the feasting began. 

 

Term 5: Joy

Jesus appears to his disciples: John 20 19-23

It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said.  After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  

 

 

 

Term 6: Hope

The Parable of the Mustard Seed: Matthew 13:31-32

Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man takes a mustard seed and sows it in his field.  It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants. It becomes a tree, so that birds come and make their nests in its branches.” 

 

 

The Pattern of Collective Worship

The school’s vision and values form part of our collective worship alongside resources and materials from The Diocese of Rochester Board of Education. 

We provide many opportunities for Christian worship within the school day. Each morning has an act of Christian collective worship. This is led by school staff and by clergy from Christ Church, our partner church, which is situated next door to our school site. Children are encouraged to take a leading part in our worship times and we pride ourselves on joyful singing, time for reflection, Christian teaching from the Bible and opportunities to pray. 

Each Friday the whole school gathers to celebrate our achievements and recognise how we have used our God given talents.

Classes take turns to lead collective worship . Children have regular opportunities throughout the school year to celebrate worship in Christ Church and parents are always welcomed to attend these services. These take place to celebrate Harvest Festival, Christmas, Easter and the end of the school year in July. 

Our collective worship is supported by resources and materials from The Diocese of Rochester Board of Education.  Parents do have a right to withdraw their children from collective worship and if you wish to do this you should contact the Headteacher to discuss this further.

Leading Lights

  • Our pupil-led worship and values group consist of children fron Years 3 and 4 who meet once a week. As well as discussing, preparing and taking part in the Friday celebration worship they:

Observe and provide pupil voice for Collective Worship

Decide what each class will display on their prayer trees

Inspect and provide advice on what should be in our prayer areas

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