Collective Worship at Barton St Peter’s

” We come together in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to worship together and think about our values.”

Collective Worship takes place daily  and is a very special time of day as it is central to the life of our school and its Christian character. As a Church School, our Collective Worship is of a Christian nature, has God as the focus and gives opportunities for spiritual and religious development. Our worship is inclusive – offering opportunities for children of both a Christian and non-Christian background to take part in ways that are appropriate for them.

Christian values are used as the basis of our half termly worship themes. We explore what this value looks like ‘in action’ and the Bible references relating to this value.

Our worship time always includes time for prayer and/or reflection and a range of interactive activities to explore the key messages. Our worship table is a focus point which includes a cross, bible, three candles as well as a coloured cloth to represent the time of the liturgical year.

The whole school comes together for Collective Worship five days of the week. Parents, carers and families are invited to join us at any time for worship but especially on the last Friday of each half term for our ‘Celebration Assembly’ at 9:15am  where we hear about children’s achievements.  Throughout the year each class delivers a worship; these focus on particular times of the liturgical year and also celebrations of other major faiths.

Collective Worship is led by different staff from within school as well as special visitors from St.Mary’s, The Trinity Methodist Chapel, The Salvation Army, Barton Evangelical church and ministers from other towns and villages.  We also make half termly visits to the church and the chapel.

Once a term we are lucky enough to have the ‘Gospel Gang’ from Holy Trinity Church  Barrow upon Humber visit our school.  The puppets put on a lively and entertaining show which really engages the children and provides a different medium in which to deliver the gospel messsage. We all look forward to our visits from Charlie!

Please follow the link to our collective worship policy:-

Collective Worship Policy

Collective Worship Council

Our worship council leads worship on a Friday. They have to say the prayer, light the candles, tell the story and help the other children to sing. They also review worship at the end of the week to evaluate and assess what we have learned. These reviews help us improve our worship. The council also adds reflection questions to the hall board for all children to add their thoughts to.

Recently our council have devised a school prayer taking ideas from each class in school. We will be learning this over the next term.

Our school prayer

Bible Presentations

At St Peter’s we  enjoy a special church school status and as such, we are closely linked with St Mary’s Church, Father David, Reverend Wright and Father Ivan.

This means that we appreciate the church message of ‘faithful.confident.joyful’ from the Diocese of Lincoln and try and strive to incorporate this into all that we do as a school.

From the moment the children join us in the Foundation Stage they are welcomed by a gift of Bible stories  and as they leave us in Year 6, they continue life’s learning and faith journey with a bible.  Each year, a member of our church family presents these gifts to our children as both a gift and symbol of guidance.