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Collective Worship/ Prayer and Liturgy

Collective Worship/ Prayer and Liturgy


Collective worship forms the heart of our schools at The Federated Schools of St Joseph's and is held for 15 minutes at the start of each day.  The Federated Schools of St Joseph's views collective worship is far more than a statutory requirement. It is crucial to the life of our school and helps us build a sense of community cohesion and is fundamental to our pupils’ overall moral, spiritual and broader educational development. Our collective worship allows us to come together as a school/class to reflect the core values and ethos of our school as well as celebrate our individual and collaborative success. 


Monday                  Whole School Liturgical Assembly 

Tuesday                 Class Collective Worship/ Prayer 

Wednesday            Class Assembly/ Class Mass 

Thursday                Whole School Singing Practice  

Friday                     Celebration Assembly 


At St Joseph's, our collective worship is also an integral part of the a Catholic ethos of our schools where we come together to celebrate important events in the Church’s calendar, such as Lent and Advent, as well as the teaching's from the Gospel on Sunday.  Whether in times of crisis or celebration, the time set aside in the school day for reflection provides everyone with the opportunity to gather and support one another as a community.


Britain is a multicultural and multi-faith society and at St Joseph's we embrace this. As an inclusive school, we welcome families from all religious and non religious backgrounds and our collective worship offers all our pupils the chance to explore and understand the values at the heart of Christ's teaching  from kindness and respect, forgiveness and humility, to gratitude and justice.


All schools are required to offer a Christian act of collective worship every day. Parents can choose to withdraw their children up to 16.


The DfE guidance withdrawing pupils from collective worship can be found here.

Collective Worship structure (The 4 Ws):


Prayer and liturgy follows a call and response structure. God calls to us and we respond to him. When God speaks to us in his words (scripture), it is the response of the heart to respond with love whether that be a prayer of praise, adoration, thanks giving, repentance or intercession. 


When this conversation with God happens within the formal liturgy of the Church, this pattern is repeated back and forth. We want to support our children in understanding the call and response pattern. Icons are used to help our pupils understand the call and response pattern during the prayer time in assemblies and in their classroom.




Welcome (Gather) - We gather together. We use candles and other religious artefacts to show we are preparing for worship. 


Word (listen) - We listen to scripture.


Worship (Response) - We respond to the reading with prayer.


Witness (Mission) - We choose a way to go forth, sharing the Good News and following God's mission in our everyday lives.