Church and Worship

God is good all the time.

All the time, God is good.

 

Worship in school (currently on hold)

Worship is at the heart of our school life. We worship as a whole school at 9:00am every morning so that we begin the day focusing on God and His word.

A different member of the school community leads worship every day: the Headteacher or deputy headteacher on Monday; Rev Julie or Revd David on Wednesday; Headteacher or deputy headteacher on Friday (Good News worship). On Tuesday either the infants or the juniors come into the hall for Prayer and Praise led by Mrs Duckworth, the headteacher, where we worship God through singing. It is our opportunity to sing familiar favourites and learn new songs of worship. 

Class worship is also an important part of our school life. Class worship takes place every Thursday and also on Tuesdays if the children are not coming into the hall for prayer and praise. Each class has a worship area. There is a table with a cloth, a candle, a cross and a bible. The candle is lit at the beginning of each act of worship, as we do in the hall. In Class worship the teachers use a variety of approaches but the joy of class worship is that it can be more 'hands-on' and practical. Also, the children enjoy watching the videos produced by Blackburn Diocese (worship across the Diocese) in addition to using the resources from 'Picture News'. 

Our children worship God through their singing. Worship songs can either be sung to backing tracks and videos, or are accompanied by the headteacher playing the piano. FOSTS (Friends of St Thomas') fund-raising resulted in the purchase a beautiful new piano which was purchased two years ago. 

Our week ends with a Good News Worship on Friday, to which parents, carers, grandparents and other members of the church/ school family are invited. As a whole school community, we then celebrate the achievements of the children that week, both inside and outside school. Good News award winners from each year group are selected to link with our learning powers. These Friday worships are normally very well attended and often have standing room only although. During COVID, this act of worship took place by Zoom. We have re-introduced Good News Worship for parents from September 2021, but we are currently restricting numbers. We are continuing to provide a live link to the Good News Worship via Zoom, so that parents and grandparents are able to attend our worship from home. We are so grateful for the excellent relationships between parents, school and church.  We end with a song and prayer.

Once per half term, members of the church organise tea and toast for the school parents and grandparents in the Narthex, following special Friday Worships, such as our Superstars. This is well attended and provides  a time for relaxation and refreshment in church.

During each lockdown, worship continued through Zoom and this was such a comfort to us all.

autumn 2021 worship

In our worship this half term, we are thinking about 'Giants of Faith' using the Roald Dahl story of the 'BFG' as a basis. Through this we are thinking about the themes of trust, friendship and loyalty, hope and courage. We introduced this series on Roald Dahl Day itself. Through these acts of worship we will be learning more about the Giants of Faith, Abraham, Joseph, Ruth and Elijah. 

We also continue to use Blackburn Diocese 'Worship across the Diocese' and 'Picture News' in our class worship. Revd Julie and Revd David lead our worship with the whole school on Wednesday and this half term, are focusing on our wonderful world and climate change.

St Thomas' Worship Group

We have a group of children who will help to plan and organise our collective worship sessions. They will also help to develop our outdoor prayer space.

The children meet with Mrs White and Mrs Duckworth to discuss ideas. Worship Group is also supported by our RE/worship governor and Diocesan Adviser, Mrs Daphne Jordan

When we hold services in church our worship group will help to organise these and lead the services, working alongside out vicar, Revd Julie.

They are very important leaders in our school, not just for the collective worship sessions but also in being role models for our school Christian values.

Our worship group was put on hold during the pandemic, due to the need to keep our class bubbles separated from each other, but the worship group is starting again in the autumn term 2021. Exciting times!

Our Worship Group plan and lead our Epiphany Worship 2020

Our Worship group have lead their first act of worship in school, having planned an Epiphany Service which included music, drama, readings and prayers. They did a wonderful job in front of the whole school and parents.

Worship in church

Our school is blessed to have strong links with our church, St Thomas' which is a short walk away from school. Throughout the year, the whole school will take part in worship in St Thomas' church. Such services include:

  • Harvest Festival
  • Advent
  • Our evening Carol Service
  • Education Sunday
  • Our Easter celebration worship
  • Leavers' service 
  • Bible Service, during which Bibles are donated to Reception and year 3 children by the church. 

In addition, various events are organised as a church/school collaboration including the Christmas Fair.

We also perform our Infant Nativity in church which is very special indeed. 

These services are always led by Rev Julie and/or Revd David and the children.