Worship in School


Our Vision:




‘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.



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.


Message from Reverend Lorelli Hilliard

Welcome to this wonderful, respectful and caring school.


St Philip’s school is a gem!.  It is indeed a small school with a Big Heart.  The school’s vision is deeply Christian and yet inclusive of all faiths and none.  Its vision underpins all its work.  Valuing learning and aspiring for the best, placing the values ensuing from God’s love at the centre, so that there is great respect for everyone, mutual care and compassion for all, creativity and a desire for every child to flourish.  One just has to walk through school to see this.

We love the relationship between school and church.  I love leading collective worship in school. The children are so respectful and attentive and always eager to contribute.  And their enthusiasm for worship and prayer is very moving.  We have lots of fun too!  We love it when classes visit church to ask questions and see what goes on.  I love coming in to RE lessons and for special learning events.  We love the termly visits by the whole school to church for the end of term service.

Some school families attend our monthly Messy Church.  Some families with younger children also attend our carers and toddlers’ group.  The school parents’ group is now meeting at our St Philip’s Centre and planning to start a vegetable patch there. The Worship Ambassadors decided themselves to support our foodbank and collect for us.

I am also deputy chair of governors and work with all the governors to support our children so that they grow to their full potential and are equipped to take the values they have learned into all they become.  Each child is different, each child is special in God’s eyes.


Rev Lorelli Hilliard

St John with St Philip. Nelson



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. 

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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


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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

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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.

St Philip's CE School Nativity performance






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.




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