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Holy Week Liturgy

 

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

 

This week is Holy Week, the final week of Lent. It seems we have preparing for a long time and this week we remember the events from the final week of the life of Jesus. Today, we thought about what happened to Jesus from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. Maggie welcomed the school community to our act of worship and then a group of pupils from Foundation Stage led our first hymn: The Servant King. Pupils from Year Three shared a reading from the Bible, in which St John explained the new commandment Jesus gave to his disciples - to love each other. This set the scene for the rest of the worship, which focussed on the theme of Mercy as Year Three pupils created tableaus of the Stations of the Cross. We listened to lots of music to help us reflect on the events we remember in Holy Week. The liturgy was very powerful and deeply moving - well done to everyone involved. As we were sent forth, we were encouraged to think about how we could act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God. What will you bring to those in need of mercy? 

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Day of Mercy Liturgy - Friday 4th March 2016

 

As part of this Holy Year of Mercy, we had been asked by Bishop Patrick to dedicate some time in prayer on the theme of Mercy. Every Catholic school in the Diocese has spent some time in prayer, in response to this request. This half term, each class has been focussing on a different work of Mercy, incorporating this into their daily prayer. Groups of pupils led the whole school community in these prayers. Children who worked with Mr Dosh to prepare the liturgy burnt the pancake sorry prayers that pupils wrote during our Key Stage assemblies on Shrove Tuesday. These were made into ashes, which we received on the palms of our hands during this worship. We also received special wristbands, which are adorned with hashtags that relate to the Corporal Works of Mercy: #FEED #GIVE #CLOTHE #WELCOME #HEAL #VISIT #COMFORT. Mr Ward created a prayer focus area to provide a visual aid for spiritual reflection also based on these corporal works of Mercy. Some pictures of this liturgy can be viewed below. 

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Mass to Celebrate Pentecost - Friday 22nd May 2015

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Today we celebrated the feast of Pentecost: the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Pupils from Year Three helped to prepare and lead our Mass today. The Mass was joyous and uplifting, with pupils from Year Three performing an interpretative dance based on the Pentecost Story, showing us how we, like the apostles, are given the energy and the happiness of the Holy Spirit. As part of the offertory precession, children presented banners adorned with the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, which remained in church for the weekend Masses. For the Post-Communion reflection, the newly-formed 'Sing and Praise Group', performed a Holy Spirit round, which really helped us to think about what we receive in Holy Communion. 

'The Energy of the Holy Spirit', a liturgical dance by York Class.

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Processional: Bring Flowers of the Rarest

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Today, Pupils from Lourdes Class presented a beautiful liturgy honouring Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church. The liturgy began with a procession of flowers, during which our statue of Mary was crowned. We listened to the hymn, 'Bring Flowers of the Rarest' as children from each class placed their prayers to Mary at the foot of the statue. 

 

We raised the roof when we sang 'O Lady, Full of God's Own Grace'. During the Liturgy of the Word, the story of the Annunciation and the Wedding at Cana were read by Keira and Ty whilst other children performed some very powerful mimes to accompany the readings. The Magnificat was also performed by a group of the girls - this brought a tear to many an eye. 

 

For our Response to the Word, we enjoyed a PowerPoint reflection prepared by Sam, James, Bradley, Noah and Jules. Following this, we joined our hands in prayer and asked Mary to intercede for us. Lourdes Class then led us in singing the Hail Mary. For our final hymn, we sang 'Mary, You Said Yes To God. 

Year 2 - Collective Worship - Pentecost: Holy Spirit - Tuesday 19th May 2015

Gathering Hymn: Walk In The Light

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Today, Lindisfarne Class led the whole school in our collective act of worship. The theme for this worship was 'The Holy Spirit'. 

 

The children began by sharing a reading from the New Testament:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a noise came from heaven. It sounded like a strong wind blowing. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

The children explained that Jesus had promised to send his spirit to the apostles and how they were scared until the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost. It changed them, giving them the courage to be just like Jesus. The children made a little video to explain the meaning of the Holy Spirit.

 

The children shared prayers, thanking Jesus for sending his Holy Spirit at Pentecost and ended the worship with the hymn, 'Shine, Jesus Shine'. 

Recessional Hymn: Shine, Jesus Shine

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Year 3 - Collective Worship - The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Tuesday 12th May 2015

Our Gathering Song: Spirit of the Living God

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This afternoon, York Class led our Key Stage Two assembly. The worship was linked to what the children are learning about in RE: the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Luke read the word of God from the Bible:

The Spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 

 

As a group the children thought of different ways in which they could live out these gifts. Make sure you check out the children's role-plays of these situations in the video below.

 

Jack and Lilia led us in prayer, in which we asked the Holy Spirit to help us use our gifts to benefit others and to give us the strength to be good Christians. 

Using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit...

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Our Recessional Song: Beautiful City

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EYFS - Collective Worship - Good News - Tuesday 12th May 2015

Our Gathering Song: Good News

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Today, Knock Class led our Key Stage One assembly.Their worship was all about what the children are learning about in RE: Good News. The children shared a short reading from the Bible about the Good News of Jesus, the Son of God. 

 

The children than shared a good news song they had learned: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands. Have a listen to the song below. 

 

The children then worked with Mr Dosh to make a film all about their Good News. Finally, Jack said a prayer thanking God for all the good news in our lives. 

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

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Our Recessional Song: Can You Feel It?

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Year 4 - Collective Worship - Pentecost: New Life and Good News - Tuesday 28th April 2015

Our Gathering Song: Happy

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Today Key Stage Two gathered to the song 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams. Owen loved how the group had used pop music and the children explained how music can breathe new life into us, just like good news can. This worship was linked to what Assisi Class are learning in RE. 

 

Maya shared a reading from the Acts of the Apostles:

So my heart is happy, and the words I speak are words of joy. For I have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit which Jesus promised us.

 

Euan, Freya and Arran explained how, on the day of Pentecost, the apostles were changed from bring scared and frightened to being strong courageous and joyful. They received the gift of the Holy Spirit, promised to them by Jesus, which gave them the courage to spread his good news to everybody. The children reflected on how lovely it would be if the news on the television was news which made us happy. The children then presented their own news report. Take a look. 

 

 

Good News

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A reflection about how good news makes us feel...

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Recessional Song: Now the Green Blade Rises

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Year 1 - Collective Worship - Pentecost: Holidays and Holy Days - Tuesday 28th April 2015

Gathering Song: Over the Rainbow

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Today pupils from Iona Class led the Key Stage One assembly. This worship was all about what they are learning in RE: Holidays and Holy Days. 

 

James read the Word of God from the Bible:

"So the earth, the sky and everything in them were finished. God finished the work he was doing, so on the seventh day he rested from his work. God blessed the seventh day and made it a holy day."

 

Amelia explained that we all need to take a rest; this is what a holiday is. Holiday comes from the word Holyday. Holy days are days of rest and time to thank our God. The children shared a song with everybody to explain. Take a look at the video.

Holidays and Holy Days

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Recessional Song: Holiday Song

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Year 5 - Collective Worship - Memorial Sacrifice - Thursday 2nd April 2015

One Bread, One Body

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For the Key Stage Two assembly this week, a group of Year 5 pupils presented a worship based on their learning in RE. The content of this worship was particularly appropriate today as it is Maundy Thursday, the day when we remember the Last Supper and the commandment, 'Do this in memory of me.' The children gathered together as they listened to 'One Bread, One Body'. 

 

Lucy shared a reading from the Gospel of St Mark:

While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. "Take it," he said, "this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and handed it to them; and they all drank from it. Jesus said, "This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God's covenant."

 

The group imagined they were the apostles some time after the resurrection and created a beautiful video of a conversation the apostles might have had. This helped us all to reflect on the Word of God. This role-play was a way of explaining the meaning of the Last Supper and how it is linked to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. As Catholics, we remember all of this in the celebration of the Mass. 

 

The worship ended with an invitation to spontaneous prayer and the song 'Bread of Life'. 

A conversation between the apostles some time after the Resurrection...

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Year 2 - Collective Worship - Learning in the Light and Love of Christ - Tuesday 31st March 2015

Today, a group of children from Lindisfarne Class led the Key Stage One act of worship based on 'learning' in the light and love of Christ. Key Stage One gathered whilst a remix of 'Over the Rainbow' and 'Lord of the Dance' was played. 

 

The children told us that we should be children of the light and that we can do this by following Jesus' example. We should aim to be kind and helpful. When we are learning we should respect everyone in the class, try our best and be kind.

 

As part of the collective worship, Mr Harrison gave the group a mission to find signs of the light and love of Christ in our school. The children took up the challenge and produced the video below. 

 

The group then invited us to join them in prayer, to ask that we might become more like Jesus and shine our light so that others may benefit. 

Learning in the Light and Love of Christ - Mission Accepted

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Recessional Song: Love, Shine A Light

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Year 6 - Collective Worship - Developing in the Light and Love of Christ - Tuesday 24th March 2015

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Gathering Song: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

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Today children from Walsingham Class invited Key Stage Two to gather together as they listened to 'Make Me a Channel of Your Peace'. The collective worship was all about 'Developing in the Light and Love of Christ'.

 

Athena shared a reading from the first letter of St John:

"Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us."

 

The children then presented two role-plays. Caolan explained how loving one another is the same as developing in the light and love of Christ. He told us that this means we should take every opportunity to be kind and loving to one another. The first role-play showed us how One act of kindness can go so far. This encouraged us to sow seeds of kindness, trusting that they will spread the light and love of Christ to others.

 

The children's second role-play focussed on the Scripture, "I am the vine and you are the branches". This is a quote from Jesus. He wanted us to know that, even thought we cannot see Him, we are as closely connected to Him as the branches of a vine are connected to its stem. We are the branches, but what kind of plant are we? 

Year 3 - Collective Worship - Growing in the Light and Love of Christ - Tuesday 17th March 2015

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Today, Key Stage Two pupils gathered as the song 'We have seen the Light' was played. Pupils from York Class led the act of worship, which was based on growing in the light and love of Christ. Pupils had thought of ways we can grow in the light and love of Christ and presented a video of role-plays, showing how we can raise others with our actions. 

 

Key Stage Two pupils were invited to reflect upon this as the group leading the worship performed a visually stunning liturgical dance using candles. The dance symbolised how we can grow in the light of Christ by sharing His light with others. 

Recessional Song: Shine

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EYFS - Collective Worship - Having Fun in the Light and Love of Christ - Tuesday 17th March 2015

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Knock Class led Key Stage One in their collective worship today. It was all about having fun in the light and love of Christ. The children had learned a fun song with Mr Dosh and taught the rest of the children, it was called 'The Jesus Hokey Pokey'. The children also shared a film of things they think are fun. Isabelle said thank you to God for all the fun we have in school. Archie ended the collective act of worship by leading the children in our end of the day prayer. 

Year 4 - Collective Worship - Having Fun in the Light and Love of Christ - Tuesday 10th March 2015

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Year Four led the collective worship in Key Stage Two today. The children chose to gather to the hymn 'Come Let Us Go'  because it is fun and related to the theme for the worship, which was 'Having Fun in the Light and Love of Christ'. 

 

Dylan shared a reading from Psalm 126:

'Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing'. 

 

The children explained that laughter and singing are signs of having fun. Pupils joined in with a fun, action song. Following this, the Year Four pupils leading the worship invited pupils gathered to identify other signs of fun in the video they had prepared. Have a look at the video above. 

Year 1 - Collective Worship - Growing in the Light and Love of Christ - Tuesday 10th March 2015

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For the Key Stage One assembly, a group of pupils from Iona Class were thinking about 'Growing in the Light and Love of Christ' as part of our series of Acts of Worship based on our school mission statement. Pupils sang 'Here I Am to Worship' as they gathered together. 

 

Pupils read from St John's Gospel:

'I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever follows me bears plenty of fruit and will grow in my love.'

 

As a group, the children had thought of ways in which we can all grow in the love of Jesus by raising people with our loving actions. The children placed images of fruit, which they'd decorated with examples of loving actions, on a bare branch. 

Year 5 - Collective Worship - Learning in the Light and Love of Christ - Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Gathering Song: Walking in the Light of Christ

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it...

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Today, a group of children from Lourdes Class kicked off our series of worships based on our mission statement. The group were focussing on 'learning' in the light and love of Christ. Key Stage Two gathered whilst 'Walking in the Light of Christ' was playing.

 

Annie read from St Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

"Now you are full of light in the Lord. So live like children who belong to the light. The light produces every kind of goodness, right living, and truth. Try to learn what pleases the Lord."

 

Jules explained that Saint Paul tells us that we are children go light. We are to be like Jesus, who is the light of the world. We, in turn, are meant to show and share this light at home, in school and in the world. We can do this by following Jesus' example. We should aim to be kind, helpful, friendly and caring. When we are learning we should respect everyone in the class, try out best and be kind. 

 

As part of the collective worship, Mr Harrison gave the group a mission to find signs of the light and love of Christ in our school. The children took up the challenge and produced the above video. 

 

The group then invited us to join them in prayer, to ask that we might become more like Jesus and shine our light so that others may benefit. 

Recessional Song: Love, Shine A Light

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Year 6 - Collective Worship - Friendship and Unity - Tuesday 10th February 2015

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Gathering Song: Footprints In The Sand

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Year 6 presented a collective worship based on the theme of friendship. As Key Stage Two gathered together, a clip from Toy Story was played and the children were invited to guess the theme of the collective worship. The group leading the worship thought about what helps a friendship to flourish. Through video, the children showed the many qualities of friendship making up the body of Christ. The children explained that this echoed the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans; "Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other." The group also presented a role play in which they represented one body with many parts. They all did things alone but without each other they could not reach their goal. When one member broke down, the whole process broke down.This showed us that we all need each other no matter what part we play. 

'We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.'

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A role play to show how friendship can break down...

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Recessional Hymn: Bind Us Together, Lord

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Year 2 - Collective Worship - Thank You - Tuesday 10th February 2015

Gathering Song: Over the Rainbow/Lord of the Dance Mix

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Thank You - Reflection

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Year Two presented a worship all about saying: 'Thank You'. Pupils shared a reading from Romans 1: 8, "I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.' The children then performed role plays to show us the different ways we can say 'thank you'. Working with Mr Dosh, the children thought about different ways of thanking God; they thought about singing hymns, going to Mass, saying thank you prayers and by thanking each other. Following this, children then gave out certificates to people they wanted to say thank you to. Here is a video reflection about saying thank you that the children showed us.
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