Prayer and Liturgy
During the season of creation
Beacon Class Year 5/6
Fairsnape Class Year 3/4
Parlick Class Year 1/2
Pendle class – Reception Class
PLANNING THEIR OWN PRAYER AND LITURGY
CHILDREN TAKE THE LEAD
The children from Fairsnape class have been planning their own class Liturgies. In groups, they have selected a topic to plan for. They have gathered their own resources, found bible readings and prayers.This week we have learnt about Creation from the Children. The sessions were delivered beautifully with so much maturity.
PRAYER SPACES AROUND SCHOOL
DEEPENING OUR FAITH TOGETHER
‘deepening our faith and rejoicing together’
With Christ at our centre, prayer, worship and liturgical celebration are central to our Catholic values and form an integral part of the school day. Prayer is encouraged in a variety of methods; – private individual prayer, group prayer, and whole school prayer. We have a prayer area in school, bible buddies, prayer bags (which are sent home in each class), prayer leaders in assemblies and our enthusiastic and liturgy leaders during our class prayer and liturgy time.
Every Monday morning, Miss Deakin leads the assembly base on the Sunday Gospel and this follows the liturgical year. The children are active participants and displays in the hall support the teachings of the assembly. Every Tuesday, we have class mass and Fr Sony leads us in church. Each Friday morning, Miss Deakin leads Golden award celebration assembly and the children enjoy learning traditional hymns and engaging songs. Sometimes, we have a focus which the children will lead, especially if they have planned a charity event and the children will also present to the whole school as party of care for our common home.
Each child takes part in a daily act of worship that lasts for 10 minutes. Traditional and formal prayers are used at lunchtime and to open and close the school day sessions. The children also plan and lead acts of worship within each of their classes. This happens daily and the children from Year 3 lead Lectio Divina and we are beginning to incorporate Visio Divina to further enhance and deepen our experiences with God.
Each class has a rota for leading prayer and liturgy and four children come together to plan the special worship time for the rest of the class. There are four children to correspond with the four parts of our prayer and liturgy structure and each class has four separate packs of resources to support the children’s independence and leading of the worship. The children use this template to plan and ensure careful connection with the class to enable the scripture to reach and touch each individual child. This is all part of deepening our relationship with God and developing our human person.
LIVING, FEELING, DREAMING BIG BOOKS
Collective Worship across every class uses the same structure. We gather, using prayers or actions or music. We encourage children, who play musical instruments to use their talents in the gather part of the worship, to set the mood and calmly engage their peers. We then listen to scripture readings. We reflect on the meaning of the scripture and something picture to consider what it is saying to us. Finally, we go forth by reflecting on the scripture and taking this forward into our work throughout the day. In each class, there is a prayer and liturgy book where pictures, planning templates and responses are kept as a reminder and record of the acts of worship.
REFLECTIVE PRAYER AND LITURGY
Thoughtful and reflective prayer and liturgy
Children in Beacon class have been planning and leading some very thoughtful and reflective prayer and liturgy sessions this term, all based on different themes.
ST FRANCIS’ FEAST DAY MASS
LEADING THE WAY
Not only do children lead their own liturgies in he classroom, the children played a huge part in the mass to celebrate the feast day of St Francis. Many parishioners and parents commented oN how ‘grown up’, ‘thoughtful’ and ‘amazing’ our children are. Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate our important feast day.