|Parent feedback about Collective Worship at St Chad’s:|
|“Led by children, who are enthusiastic.”|
|“I like that it is part of school life and she enjoys it.”|
|“I appreciate the work that goes into Family Masses. It is above and beyond. The children particularly enjoy it and the parishioners love it.”|
Our parish family is the Parish of St Mary’s and St Wilfrid’s, Bishop Auckland and our parish priest is Father Dennis.
Family Mass at St Wilfrid’s Church
Children from St Chad’s are invited and encouraged to take part in Family Masses at St Wilfrid’s Church at 9:30. Letters are usually sent home the week before to check which children are able to commit to attending Mass on a particular Sunday so that we can assign roles.
The Family Mass this year:
We try to celebrate Mass in school once a term with the help of Father Dennis. Everyone from our school and parish community is invited to come along and share the Mass with us.
School Masses this year are: Advent Mass Friday 6th December at 2pm; Lenten Mass Friday 13th March at 2pm; and Leavers’ Mass Thursday 16th July at 2pm.
Yet again, our children amazed us all with their confident reading, composed acting and heart swelling singing during the fantastic Parish Carol Service on Thursday night at St Mary’s Church. It is moving to watch the children of St Wilfrid’s School, St John’s School and St Chad’s School work in partnership to present the gospel readings, nativity tableau and to lead in the carol singing.
Thank you to Mrs Sands and the team from St Wilfrid’s School, Mrs Wearmouth and the band from St Johns, Father Dennis, the supporters from St Mary’s Church who provided refreshments, and to Ann Wake who made the whole evening possible. What a lovely start to the Christmas season.
During this second week of Advent, Lorna, Harriet, Clara and Viva-Rose led a lovely collective worship around the the best prayer of all and they encouraged everyone to write a worry on a piece of paper in felt tip pen. When the worries were put in water, the writing washed away.
“I liked writing a worry and putting it in water so the worry disappeared,” explained Jared at the end of the worship.
On Monday 11th November, the whole school visited the War Memorial for our Remembrance Service. Children from each class laid a wreath after Class 4 read poems and prayers. After our minute’s silence at 11 am, a piper played a lament for us all. It was very moving and very, very cold.
Many thanks to our Mini Vinnies who laboured hard to plan and lead our Harvest Liturgy.
As well as choosing the readings and hymns, involving much heated debate, the Mini Vinnies led the worship and each class contributed a response: Class 1 read out their thank you prayer, Class 2 described their apple harvest using art and poetry and also explained about their apple crumble cookery, Class 3 read performed their own prayer poem and a poem using two voices, and Class 4 explained about the work of the Food Bank.
It was like a sell out concert with so many parents attending and giving support – Thank you. Thank you also to all of our families who generously donated items for the Durham Foodbank. We were so busy celebrating the liturgy that we didn’t take any photographs but here are photographs of Class 2 harvesting our school apple trees and of our busy Mini Vinnies loading the van with all of the donations.
Worship in the Library
George, Class 2 Pupil Council Representative, made a proposal to the Pupil Council that there could be resources for Collective Worship for children to use during break times. The Council agreed that this was a good idea, successfully fundraised and George chose the Prayer Bag and resources. During assembly, George presented the Prayer Bag that he had chosen to the rest of the school. This resource will be kept in the library for children to use in small groups during the school day.
Class Collective Worship
Every week, children in St Chad’s lead collective worship in their class.
This week, Chloe, Imogen and Esmie led Collective worship in Class 3. Their theme was Easter and they asked everyone to write any worries on a piece of paper using felt tip pens. When everyone brought their worries to a bowl in the prayer area, the water washed the worries away.
“Writing worries on paper really helped my worries to disappear, ” Viva-Rose.
“I enjoyed the way you brought everyone into the Collective worship circle by asking us to make a cross with water on each other’s heads,” Mrs Priestley
Earlier in the year, Cameron and Joe led Collective Worship. Here are some photos and feedback from the rest of the class.
|What worked well?|
|I liked having the relaxing video on at the start because it did help me relax.|
|Imogen Archie||You all spoke loudly and clearly so that I could hear at the back of the class.|
|Chloe||Jesse held up the different titles so that we knew which part we were on.|
|Grace||I liked it when we dipped our hands in the water because it helped me to think about my worries.|
|Robyn||I liked how you had music and spoke clearly.|