We place Christ at the centre of all we do and say and therefore we believe that Collective Worship helps us all to build our relationship with Jesus and come to know him better.
Mass – Mass is a very important part of our school life, as a school this was something we truly missed during the difficult year of COVID19. We hope to resume to attending Mass as a whole school at Christ the King Church as soon as it is safe to do so. This includes all Holy Days of Obligation. We are looking forward to each class attending morning Mass again each term where the children write and lead the parish in the Prayers of Intersession, the music and the offertory. Parents are warmly invited to celebrate these Masses with us.
Whole School Liturgy – Miss Lickess, Mr Colley or Mrs Burns lead our whole school liturgies. On a Monday we listen to and reflect upon Sunday’s Gospel. On a Wednesday we focus on the Statement to Live By and on a Friday we have our St Francis celebration to recognise the work of the children caring for our common home, linked to our work on Laudato Si.
We are helped to understand the teachings of Jesus through the Gospels and readings, and we then explore how we can live these out as Christians and friends of Jesus. As a school community, we deepen our understanding of the seasons of the Church’s year, learning about liturgical colours, feast days and the Liturgy of the Word of Mass. **Currently not able to do with COVID restrictions**
Classroom Worship – Every Tuesday and Thursday, when we don’t gather as a school family to worship, we worship in our classrooms. Every Tuesday is child led worship day where children across our whole school plan their own class collective worship. Children are encouraged to do so in a variety of creative ways using a variety of creative resources. Every Thursday, as a school, we celebrate class collective worship through music. Music is varied each week – some weeks focusing on contemporary worship songs and others on more traditional hymns. Liturgical dance is also a popular way to pray during our class worship through music days. We believe it is important and beneficial for the children to experience a wide a beautiful variety of music to enhance their prayer life. Jesus welcomed children and used them as models of faith for his followers and we try to do the same.
Family Collective Worship – Families are welcomed to various acts of Collective Worship throughout the year, particularly during Lent and Advent when we invite families in to share in Stay and Pray sessions with their children. During Lent and Advent each class also learns a liturgical dance to tell a story, where again, families are invited to come in to join in with this celebration.
Retreats – Every term our staff are invited to take part in a staff retreat where they are given the opportunity to nurture their own spirituality and faith. Staff then lead pupil retreat days in their classroom allowing children a day to grow in faith and to explore their faith in new ways.
See below for our Christ the King weekly worship timetable: