Worship at St John's
Our identity as a church school is very important to us. Many times we have seen our pupils set such a great example to their fellow-pupils, to staff within the school and also to visitors. Our school environment is one where our shared Christian values generate a safe, reflective space and a multitude of opportunities for pupils to develop spiritually. Our school as a great track record in allowing children at the school to take the lead in ministering to each other. The Worship Council, made up of pupils from each year group, and our wider team of Worship Leaders, are very active in leading and planning assemblies,class reflection times, and church services; planning and leading our annual Pentecost prayer-week, running the school prayer-space, providing music for collective worship and reviewing and evaluating opportunities for worship across the school.
Our strong connection with St John’s Church is foundational to the school. Key events in the church calendar are celebrated through services at the church (Harvest, Christmas, Easter) as well as it being the venue for occasions such as our annual prize-giving ceremony. Over the years we have benefited tremendously from the ministry of the staff at St John’s church, with great input being provided into our church services, assemblies and also within the governing body. Rev. Ray Khan also joins us in school each Thursday as our school Chaplain, spending time with staff and pupils, and working with focused groups.
Each half term we focus in depth on one of our eight Christian values. This value then forms the basis of our collective worship over the half term. Every week at St John’s we have an assembly theme which is tailored to the pupils at the school. The topic will be based on the value and may look at this through a contemporary lens, a Biblical narrative, or may fit in with one of the many charity fund-raising initiatives that we support. Pupils at St John’s have proved to be exceptional at raising funds for a whole range of different charities.
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