Collective Worship





“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18: 20


‘Collective Worship’ is a term used in legislation in this country but is not a phrase we use readily in a Catholic context. ‘Prayer’ and ‘Liturgy are terms more commonly used in our context. Worship at St. Anne’s is more than just a legal requirement. It is an integral part of school life and central to the Catholic tradition.

It is the responsibility of every Catholic school to provide for all its members a vital experience of liturgy, worship and prayer which:

  • Names and celebrates God present and active in authentic human experience.
  • Is educative.
  • Is within our Catholic tradition.


The worshipping nature of our school is expressed in a variety of ways; through prayer, liturgy (both sacramental and non-sacramental) and through daily acts of worship. Collective Worship strengthens our Eucharistic community which gathers to give witness to Jesus Christ

The purpose of these experiences is:

  • To contemplate something of the mystery of God
  • To reflect on spiritual and moral issues
  • To explore their own beliefs
  • To respond to and celebrate life
  • To experience a sense of belonging and develop community spirit
  • To develop a common ethos and shared values
  • To enrich religious experience
  • To grow in liturgical understanding and development
  • To reinforce prayers which are part of the Catholic tradition
  • To reinforce positive attitudes
  • To participate fully
  • To take time out ‘to wonder at’, ‘to come to terms with’ and ‘to give worth to.’

Through Collective Worship experiences we aim to develop the skills of:

  • reverence
  • contemplation
  • reflection
  • interpretation
  • empathy
  • meditation
  • prayer

Week beginning 4.10.19

Collective worship theme: Commitment


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St Anne's Catholic Primary School
Monastery Lane, Sutton, St Helens Merseyside WA9 3SP