“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:
Week beginning 4.10.19
Collective worship theme: Commitment