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


Check out the files at the bottom of this page for photographs of worship and other key documentation.


Monday 8th June 2020

Pope Francis has called all citizens of the world to take a moment today to pause and pray for peace across the world. Our pupils were encouraged to take part and write their own prayer. Lily-May, a pupil in Year 6 wrote this beautiful prayer.



Week beginning 5.10.20

This week KS1 have thought all about "love" in our Collective Worship. We read the story of "Guess how much I love you" by Sam McBratney and talked about the people we love. We responded by taking a paper heart and giving it to someone we love, explaining why we love them.

 Guess How Much I Love You: McBratney, Sam, Jeram, Anita: Books            John 13:34 - Verse of the Day 6/11/14 - Whats in the Bible             A Prayer to Love One Another [John 13:34] - Daily Prayer Guide       

Week beginning 28.9.20


Nursery and Reception joined together in their 'Bubble' to celebrate the end of our Come and See topic, Myself, with Collective Worship. It was the first time all of the children had been together for worship and we celebrated afterwards with a treat of biscuits in our wonderful outdoor area.


Week beginning 12th October

This week Mrs Crolla held collective worships across KS2 linking with World Mental Health Day. Y3 joined Y3/4 and Y4  joined Y5a to  think about how we can  find strength through Jesus.  We were reminded that we are never alone because Jesus holds us close, especially when we need it. He knows our hopes, fears and things that makes us sad.     


Week beginning 19.10.20


Year 6 joined together in their cabin for collective worship. The theme of our worship was Self-Esteem and we reflected upon the wonderful people God has created us to be! We drew strength from the fact the God loves each of us completely for who we are and even knows the number of hairs on our head! We are fearfully and wonderfully made and should be proud of who we are.



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