In Church of England schools, collective worship reflects the traditions of the Church of England and develops learners’ understanding of Anglican traditions and practice.
Many schools work with the local vicar and other church members to plan and deliver acts of worship that are invitational, inclusive and inspirational. There is plenty of flexibility in the provision of collective worship to enable all pupils to benefit without compromising their beliefs.
For more information about Collective Worship in C of E Schools, please visit: Church of England RE and Collective Worship
The Good Shepherd Project
The Good Shepherd Project aims to support schools to recognise and celebrate that they are part of the Diocese of Gloucester family. There are 118 church schools in this community and in order to connect with them we have launched this project. We have nine life-size sheep models which will travel around all of our schools throughout the year, spending approximately 7-10 days in each school. It is a deanery based project, with one sheep going around the schools in each deanery.
We see this as a parish-school project linked to the Diocese’s LIFE vision and hope that the local churches will be able to engage with the project and that it will inspire quality Christian Collective Worship as well as creativity in schools.
Each school has been asked to decorate the sheep in an individual way, using its logo, a distinctively Christian vision statement or another piece of artwork inspired by this project. As well as this, we hope that each school will fill in a diary entry of how the sheep has been involved in the school and parish life and include photos or samples of inspired school-work.
We are launching it in October 2018 and the initial project will run until May 2019. At this point, the nine sheep will safely return to us in order to join the Leavers’ Services at Gloucester Cathedral. Watch out for more updates and news throughout the year by following us @glosdiocschools
The Good Shepherd Project Information
These documents contain the key information for schools relating to the logistics of the project.
Collective Worship Resources
These resources are for use in schools to support Collective Worship relating to this project.
This video is for use in Collective Worship. It explains the project in full. Please show this to your pupils.
Posters for Schools
These are e-copies of the posters provided in the folder. Please display in your school.
Thank you for engaging with this exciting project.
Shapes for Living for Schools
During Lent the Diocese is running an initiative called, ‘Shapes for Living’. Inspired by Benedict’s rule of life, each week will explore a different theme which could shape the way we live.
These include: relating, praying, working, playing and growing. For each week we are providing an outline of an act of collective worship with a powerpoint. Each week’s worship is completely scripted and includes prayers, images, links with Benedict’s rule and drama for children to deliver. For each week’s theme there are also ideas for a prayer space activity to be placed somewhere in the school for children to access to help them reflect on the theme of the worship.
We hope you will be able to use these acts of worship in the five weeks before the Easter holidays starting the week beginning 4 March 2019.
To access the booklet, power points and downloadable materials, please go to: https://www.gloucester.anglican.org/your-ministry/shapes-for-living/ . Please ensure that you download and save the powerpoints to use all of its functionality.
Please complete and return the Shapes of Living feedback form to:
Worship Workshop is an exciting free new on-line resource for schools. It has been developed by the National Society, the Liturgical Commission and the Royal School of Church Music to help staff and pupils create acts of worship. The website was developed with the help and support of staff and pupils from a number of schools, including Cranham CE Primay School, Gloucester.
To help schools create acts of worship the website contains:
- A song bank of 100 traditional and contemporary songs and hymns, with music, echo tracks, downloadable words and musical scores
- A clear, liturgical framework with the flexibility for developing worship around texts and themes, including values
- Carefully selected texts from the Bible and Common Worship and New Patterns of Worship
- Suggestions for using the texts in a way which will engage the interest of pupils
- Ideas for prayers, litanies, intercessions and collects
- A seasons and values index to make patterns and to slot in stories and other material to accompany specific themes and values
- And much, much more!
The website is available at: www.worshipworkshop.org.uk.