Every school day has an act of Collective Worship. Worship involves adults and children in singing; responding to Biblical literature; prayer or quiet reflection as well as the use of simple liturgy. Although we seek to draw inspiration from the whole Bible, there is a strong focus within worship on Jesus Christ as the central figure in the Christian faith. Worship can take many different forms, for example, Monday is our ‘praise’ worship where we give effort certificates, review team points, draw the golden tickets and celebrate children’s individual and group achievements. On other days we encourage a variety of visitors to the school, to enrich our worship and provide the children with examples from a variety of Christian traditions. Clergy from our church, St Mary Magdelene, Ashton-on-Mersy, lead worship weekly. In addition, children lead class worships, which are always a highlight. Each class delivers one class worship a year. For this worship we invite parents and governors in to school to worship with their children. All children are involved in planning, leading and evaluating worship. As children become older they take on more responsibility for leading worship; regularly planning and leading worship for younger pupils of the school or leading the congregation at our church for the major Christian festivals of the Church year. Our Ethos Group of pupils also lead worship.
At St. Mary's, RE, collective worship and our whole ethos are based on the teachings of the Church of England. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship or RE lessons. However, the withdrawal of pupils from formal education and/or worship would not isolate them from the Christian teaching, which the school provides.
You are the vine and we are your branches
Remain in us as we remain in you
No branch can live without the vine
You are the way, the truth and the life
Help us bear fruit for everyone to see
To keep your great commandment
To love one another as you love us
So we may find peace