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 supported schools to recognise and celebrate that they are part of the Diocese of Gloucester family. There are 118 schools in this community and we launched the project in order to build on partnerships between schools and within deaneries. Nine life-size sheep travelled around all of our schools throughout the year, spending approximately 7-10 days in each school. This was a deanery based project, with each sheep visiting both schools and parishes across the deaneries.
Thank you to everyone in schools parishes and deaneries who engaged with this project which was linked with the Diocese’s LIFE vision.
Each school decorated the sheep in an individual way, reflecting their school context, vision and community. The adventures of the sheep were captured imaginatively in their diaries which include photos and samples of inspiring activities and reflections.
These diaries have been shared with the Bishop and during the Summer holidays the flock returned to the Cathedral and have enjoyed being visited by many friends who have followed their trail around the Cathedral. The sheep are now enjoying their new “home” within each deanery. If you would like your deanery sheep to come and visit your school or church, please contact the home school directly. The list of schools is available in the September 2019 edition of the DEN.
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.
The Education Team at the Diocese of Gloucester, in conjunction with the Board of Education and partners from other Dioceses, have recently updated model policies for Collective Worship and Religious Education. Please find these below. To compliment the Collective Worship policy we have also provided a range of supporting guidance material which include planning and evaluation templates, suggestions for supporting visitors who lead collective worship in your school and a review of resources for Collective Worship carried out by one of our headteachers. If you have any questions about these policies, please feel free to contact Debbie Helme at
Shapes for Living for Schools
‘Shapes for Living’ is inspired by Saint Benedict’s rule of life, and over five weeks, explores a different theme which could shape the way we live.
These include: relating, praying, working, playing and growing. For each week there is 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. This can 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 preparation for Easter.
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 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 C of E Primary 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.