The Worship Committee is made up of representatives in each year group that have been elected by their peers. Their primary aim is to develop children’s leadership of worship and improve the quality and delivery of worship for all at our school.
Collective Worship is defined by the children of the Worship Committee at St James’ as,
“A time to come together as a school family, to see everyone ‘altogether in love’. It gives us time to reflect on our thoughts and learn about God. We learn about stories from the Bible and learn from other religions, festivals, and celebrations. We understand how our school values make us and how we can use what we have learned in life.”
St James’ Worship Committee, December 2018
The Worship Committee:
- Help to plan the Worship timetable as well as evaluating daily worship.
- Lead their own Collective Worship based on school values.
- Plan and take part in Worship themes to reflect the Church Year.
- Support and lead Church Services.
- Choose hymns for worship.
- Help their classes update their reflection tables in line with worship themes.
- Encourage pupils to use prayer areas and have opportunities to pray spontaneously.
- Attend courses and conferences about good practice in worship through Blackburn Diocese and relay this back to pupils in school.
Their main aims this year are to embed the new worship timetable across school and raise the profile of Class Worships, with a wider range of pupils leading worship. They will also hold a prayer writing competition for a new school prayer. The Worship Committee also want to ensure pupils across school revisit the school’s vision and mission statements in everything that they do.
The current school prayer, written by a pupil, is: