TOP TEN IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING PRIMARY SCHOOL COLLECTIVE WORSHIP IN 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is encouraging parish churches and
church schools to start thinking about how to mark the bi centenary of the founding of the
National Society for church schools.
2011 is also the 400th anniversary of the authorised version of the bible.
March 2011 has also been designated national RE month nationally.
1. Ensure school website refers to value of worship in school life.
1. Give staff opportunities for developing their spiritual life e.g. Discussion on
the value of collective worship for them and how they can contribute;
prayer/spiritual reflection/meditation sessions led by chaplain /incumbent.
2. Devise a labyrinth in school for pupils, teachers and parents to use over the
period of a week. http://www.labyrinth.org.uk/theorypage1.htmlworship
3. Get pupils to design a display to provide a focus for worship in the school
4. Get pupils to plan prayer/reflection areas for their classroom or around the
5. Review school prayer/prayers pupils’ learn in school. Compile a school prayer
6. Include annotated pictures showing the kind of worship that takes place in
school on parish website/ parish magazine.
7. Invite parents to participate in a range of school worship. Consider using
different places to worship e.g. school grounds.
8. Develop opportunities for more pupils, staff and visitors to take part in
leading worship. This could be through planning, setting up focus area,
welcoming, contributing music, dance, drama, leading prayers.
9. Invite members of the local Standing Advisory Committee for Religious
Education (SACRE) to attend school worship. For contact details e mail
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to share plans
and experiences which would be helpful for other to hear about.