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.









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