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Worship at Westcott Church of England School

The daily act of Christian worship plays a central role in the life and work at Westcott CE School. It provides us with helpful opportunities to explore our Christian values and develop our vision and ethos. It offers important opportunities to strengthen our sense of family and belonging and to reinforce the respect and care we have for one another. Our collective worship makes a significant contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of those present.

The School sets out, to provide opportunities in collective worship which are centred around a termly theme, to experience moments of stillness and quiet, to reflect and develop an awareness of the Holy Trinity (God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit), and to become familiar with traditional forms of Christian prayer and worship, including key Christian festivals. 

Our weekly worship takes place in the beautiful Victorian church of St Mary the Virgin which is next door to the school. Reverend Caroline leads our School worship in church once a week, with other staff leading the time together on other days.

Each year we hold a Harvest, Christmas, Candlemas, Easter and End of Year Service in St Mary’s Church.  These services are led by the children with input from the local church. Parents are very welcome to join us for these important events in the school year and for our Friday whole school celebration worship.

During our collective worship times, both as a whole school and within class, children will be told that Christians believe:

  • That all children have been made by a loving God who cares about them.
  • That there is a purpose to their life and a job for them to do in this world that no-one else can do.
  • That it is our job to help to make the world a better place (with God’s help, it’s not all our responsibility).
  • That the Bible contains a value structure and wisdom for living that brings blessing to our lives and to the lives of others, regardless of whether we have a personal faith or not.

This is taught in a setting where questions are encouraged and where other world views are welcomed.

Our school prayer which links to our school vision

My Dearest Lord,
Be now a bright flame to enlighten me,
A guiding star to lead me,
A smooth path beneath my feet
And a kindly shepherd along my way
Today and evermore

Collective Worship days and times

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Monday 10.30-10.45am

Whole school worship led by Mrs Coles.

St Mary's Church

The theme or value for the week is introduced

Tuesday 10.30-10.45am

Singing worship in school or church

Wednesday Teacher to timetable

Class based worship in school

Thursday 10.30-10.45am

Whole School worship with Reverend Caroline

St Mary's Church

Friday 8.50-9.10am

A celebration worship of praise led by Mrs Shaw

St Mary's Church