Collective Worship In School
Stations of the Cross
29th March 2022
As we approach the end of Lent, and prepare for the glorious celebration of Easter, we gathered together as a whole school to walk with Jesus through the Stations of the Cross. Each class presented their own station. We had some time for reflection and prayer, we thought about what Jesus' final journey means to each of us and in the silence of our time together, spoke to God about what is in our hearts.
We prayed together:
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.
25th March 2022
As we are now in Lent, a time of prayer, almsgiving and fasting, we have been reflecting on the needs of others and ways in which we can help. More than simply giving money, almsgiving is an act of love that incorporates both prayer and fasting and manifests itself by caring for our neighbours in need.
For this year's Lenten Fundraiser, we organised a Bishop Ellis Family Sponsored Walk to raise money for Rainbows Hospice. Parents were invited to join children and staff in walking/running laps of our school playground and field.
Year 5 Worship
Year 5 pupils have been leading Collective Worship in other classes to demonstrate what a great child-led liturgy looks like. Great work Year 5!
15th March 2022
The theme for this Lenten service was ‘Who am I like?’. In the reading, Jesus told us about two people who both went to the temple to pray – but they prayed in a very different way. Today, Jesus invites us to admit that we have committed sins and turned away from our loving Father. He also invites each one of us to show that we are sorry for our sins and to ask him to forgive us.
A Pharisee and a Tax-Collector (Luke 18: 9-14)
Who Are You Like?
CAFOD National Assembly
11th March 2022
This Lent, we joined the CAFOD National Assembly to Walk Against Hunger. Lent is a time where people give up things and give to others. We thought about how we could reach out and give to others.
What is the best meal you have ever eaten? Food is a wonderful gift and we cannot live without it. Many children around the world, do not have access to nutritious food and often feel hungry. We know that small acts of love can make a big difference, so what can you do to help?
2nd March 2022
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian season of Lent. Lent is a time when we pray, think about how we can become better people, do kind things for other people and give up things we enjoy, as we prepare to celebrate the great feast of Easter. We ask for the strength to walk with Jesus throughout this season of Lent, even when it is not always easy. We ask Jesus to be with us on our journey as we walk towards the light of Easter.
St Thomas Aquinas Feast Day
28th January 2022
We took part in the St Thomas Aquinas Feast Day online this year. The day began with a live stream for everyone to join which included a welcome liturgy and an update about our Eco Roadmap. Our Bishop Ellis Eco Team then took part in a livestream where we talked about what we have been doing at Bishop Ellis to help look after the beautiful and sacred world God gifted us. We also all to part in a Mass at the end of the day.
We completed a task as we were watching the live streams. For a copy of the activity, please click the link below.
Gift from Bishop Ellis
Here is a photo of some of the Eco and Chaplaincy Team of St Thomas More being presented with some beautifully decorated pebbles from Bishop Ellis Catholic Voluntary Academy. The pebbles have been decorated with different images from nature along with messages of hope and peace. The pebbles were chosen to send as a gift as St Thomas More have a prayer space in the playground which they are hoping to improve. These pebbles will be a lovely addition.
As a school we were given the question “What is my dream for the Church and my school? How can we make this happen?”
Class teachers were asked to discuss these questions with their class and then feedback the responses to the chaplaincy lead.
Responses from foundation and ks1 pupils
The children (especially in the younger years) wrote/ described what the church building looked like.
- E.g. Church is a place where you find God, a cross, the priest.
- Church is a place where you are safe and quiet. It is also a place where you can pray.
Some of the children also felt it was a place where you learn about how to be kind, caring and love each other.
Responses from KS2 pupils
In KS2, the pupils were able to articulate how Church could be made more appealing for pupils of their age. Some of the pupils mentioned their love for music within a Church context. They wrote about the importance of a choir and suggested having lots of singing in Church.
Other children suggested making Churches more decorative and colourful. One pupil commented on children having the opportunity to be involved more with engaging activities whilst the Mass is being celebrated. Another pupil mentioned that they would like to be more actively involved with the celebration of Mass .
6th December 2021
The chaplaincy team led our Christingle Service this year.
Our world waits in darkness, longing for Your light,
In the midst of this darkness, give us hope.
We long for peace where there is war.
BE WITH US
We long for families to be reunited.
BE WITH US
We long for quarrels to be settled.
BE WITH US
We long for injury and illness to heal.
BE WITH US
We long for a more fair and just world.
BE WITH US
We long for love and peace in our homes and school.
BE WITH US
fulfil the deepest longings of your people and banish the darkness in our hearts and in our world. let your word inspire the hope that our world needs to bring to life your love and peace
CAFOD National Assembly
2nd December 2021
The CAFOD National Assembly theme for this year was 'Light of the World'. We celebrated by watching together and taking part in the prayers and reflections.
This Advent, as we await the Light of the world, reflect on where they have seen the light of Jesus this year – particularly in the way that children have stood up for climate justice for the world’s most vulnerable communities – and how they can help to further spread that light.
The content of this assembly:
- Introduction and welcome
- A film about how children and young people spoke up for the climate this year
- A reflection based on Silent Night
- Clips from children in schools showing how they put love into action this year
World Youth Funday
19th November 2021
This year, Pope Francis has a crucial message for us all. He wants us to stand up and be witnesses.
Recently, Pope Francis sent a message to world leaders at the UN climate talks in Glasgow – known as COP26. He called on them to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Our global sisters and brothers do the least to cause the climate crisis, yet they are the ones most affected by it.
Throughout the year, people in schools and parishes have also raised their voices on these issues and have been calling for politicians to show the leadership we need to tackle the huge problems caused by climate change. Now that the official talks are over, we need make sure that promises are kept.
We have been gifted a beautiful world. All that God asks of us is that we care for it – it’s that simple!
So today, on this World Youth Sunday, we are taking on Pope Francis’ challenge to stand up and witness. We are pledging our voices to share this message, to stand up and to speak out for a world where everyone can flourish.
World Day of the Poor
14th November 2021
Today, our class liturgies were based on World Day of the Poor. We reflected on the situations of those who are less fortunate than ourselves and prayed for them.
“It is my hope that the celebration of the World Day of the Poor, now in its fifth year, will grow in our local Churches and inspire a movement of evangelization that meets the poor personally wherever they may be. We cannot wait for the poor to knock on our door; we need urgently to reach them in their homes, in hospitals and nursing homes, on the streets and in the dark corners where they sometimes hide, in shelters and reception centres. It is important to understand how they feel, what they are experiencing and what their hearts desire.”
Pope Francis, Message for World Day of the Poor, 2021
Here are a few pictures of our Harvest Liturgy, led by Year 1/2 pupils.