Worship in School
‘We love to learn. We learn to love. With Christ as our guide, we love and learn together.’
Our children are encouraged to respect their own faith and those of others in our caring Christian environment.
As a Church of England School, Christian values lie at the heart of all we do. Values are firmly rooted in Biblical theology:
‘God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.’ 1 John 4:16
Living out our vision, we aim to:
Guide our children to prepare them for life; Respect themselves and one another; Aspire to achieve their highest potential; Care for the local and wider community; Every child is special in God’s eyes.
G R A C E
Guide Respect Aspire Care Each of us are special
We have twelve key values that we learn about and try to live out in our everyday life:
Worship in school
Worship is at the heart of our school life. We worship as a whole school, at 9:00am, every morning so that we begin the day focusing on God and His word.
A different member of the school community leads worship every day: the Headteacher or deputy headteacher on Monday; the Blackburn Diocese or Reverend Lorelli Hilliard on Wednesday and class teachers on Thursday. On Tuesday, within our classroom, we worship God through singing. It is our opportunity to sing familiar favourites and learn new songs of worship. Our week ends with a celebration of our love of learning, on Friday, to which parents, carers, grandparents and other members of the church/ school family are invited. As a whole school community, we then celebrate the achievements of the children that week, both inside and outside school. We regularly include picture news, in our daily Collective Worship, to encourage children to ask and answer those big questions.
Outdoor Worship Area
As Moses learned when he encountered the burning bush in the desert, any place can become holy ground when God is present. Our outdoor worship areas provide our children with the opportunity to notice and be thankful for God’s creations, whilst appreciating the feeling of the sunshine and wind (or refreshing rain!) on their face. They also provide opportunities for spiritual development and personal reflection. Our Worship Ambassadors are on hand to support our outdoor worship areas and have made their own collection of resources for children to use when undertaking personal reflection.
Our Class Worship Areas
Each class has a worship area. There is a table with a cloth, a candle, a cross and a bible. The candle is lit at the beginning of each act of worship, as we do in the hall. In Class worship the teachers use a variety of approaches but the joy of class worship is that it can be more 'hands-on' and practical. Also, the children enjoy watching the videos produced by Blackburn Diocese (worship across the Diocese) in addition to using the resources from 'Picture News':
As well as learning about this in our daily worship, we talk about our values in class and we have special prayer areas where we can think, pray and respond and share our views or thoughts on the week's worship and values.
Worship in church
Our school is blessed to have strong links with our church, St Philip's with St John's. which is a short walk away from school. Throughout the year, the whole school will take part in worship at the church. Such services include:
- Harvest Festival
- The Christingle
- Our Easter celebration worship
- Leavers' service
These services are always led by Reverend Lorelli Hilliard and the children.
School Nativity Performance
All the staff and children of St Philip's would like to wish you all a very Merry Chrstmas and a Happy New Year.
Click the link below to watch our fantastic Nativity play which all children and staff have worked very hard to put together.
On the 10th December, the children held Christngle Services within their class bubbles. This helps to remind Christians that Jesus is the light of the World.