Collective Worship Autumn Term 2017




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Bible Reading

AutumnTerm 1st Half:  

Seen from a Christian perspective all of life is a ‘gift’, entrusted by a loving creator God to humankind for a purpose.  This purpose is glimpsed as the creative spirit within each person learns to value and explore, celebrate and enjoy this world in all its mystery and diversity.  With this gift comes a mutual responsibility to ensure the creation is not spoiled, but rather sustained and shared by all.



Week 1

An Artists Eye on Creation

‘An artist explains how the beauty of her surroundings inspired her to create some art for her local church’.

Class Worship Ideas –


  • Janet Weigh-Reed included some special things in her pictures. Ask the children to look carefully at the paintings to see what they are.  The children could paint some of the people and places that are special to them.


  • Janet wove many of the important aspects of the life of her community into her hangings for St Edmund’s Church.  Create some work to hang in school that includes some special places, people and animals from the local community.
Discuss with the children times when they created something and felt proud of their work. 


Song of Songs

Ch 2 v 11-12


Arise my Love


All things bright and beautiful


Week 2

Carers of Creation

‘This act of worship encourages children to reflect on the planet as a gift from God and to recognise our joint responsibility for the environment’
  • Gift-wrapped globe

Class Worship


  • Talk with the chn about their most precious things. How do we look after them and keep them safe?
  • How do we care for special things in our classroom?
  • What about special things in the outdoor environment, who looks after them?


  • Which materials could be recycled? How?
  • Look at – see details of the work of Dr Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work to protect trees in Africa.
  • Read the poem (The Green Unicorn) – In pack
  • God took seven days to create the world. How would pupils re-create the worl in seven days? Use the poem as a stimulus.

Psalm 8

Taken from Lion Bible for Children retold by Murray Watts, page 147


Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker Suite


Think of a world without any flowers


Week 3

The Miracle of Creation


  • Glass bowl or small tank filled with pond water, ideally including stones, plant and insect life.

Preparation and resources

  • As above


Class Worship Ideas


  • Use Steve Turners poem, ‘I like the world’ to create a collage with the children.
  • Create a ‘miracles’ table, where the chn can display some ‘miracles’ from nature that they have collected.
  • Explain to the chn that other religions have difference creation stories.  Tell some simple versions of these stories.


  • Using Wal Whitman’s poem as a model either write an individual or class poem about miracles.
  • Look at creation stories from other world faiths. A tapestry of tales or when the world began.

The Creation Genesis 1,2

Story taken from Lion Bible for Children retold by Murray Watts page 16


Morning from Peer Gynt Suite


When God made the Garden of creation



Week 4

Using our Senses to Enjoy Creation

This act of worship raises children’s awareness of how they can use all their senses to appreciate the diversity in God’s world.

Preparation and Resources

  • Feely bags with objects from the natural world, eg a feather, a shell, a leaf, a conker and a collection of objects with distinctive smells or sounds.

Class Worship Ideas – design a challenge


  • Think about designing a picture or object that is enjoyable or useful for someone who is blind.
  • Invite someone who is blind to come into school and speak to the children about how they use the sense of touch to enjoy the world.


  • Create a sound story eg Jesus calms the Storm or The Creation Story
  • Devise a smell quiz for friends
Compare Monet’s paintings as he aged.  He suffered with cataracts in his eyes and his paintings reflect this.  The vivid colours he uses after the cataracts were removed show his new vision of the world.

Lucy’s Picture by Nicola Moon & Alex Ayliffe


Any music inspired by creation


He gave me eyes so I could see



Week 5

Celebrating the Creation of New Life

This act of worship rejoices in the preciousness of human life and the gift of a unique new life in a newborn baby

Preparation and Resources

  • Ultrasound scan image
  • A recording of a newborn baby’s cry

Class Worship Ideas


  • Invite a pregnant Mum to talk about how she looks after herself to care for her unborn child.  What is she doing to prepare for her baby’s arrival?


  • The gift of each life is precious.  What do the chn want their gift of life to achieve?
  • Ask the chn to recall if possible the birth of a younger sibling or cousin. How did you feel when they first saw the new addition to the family? What do they want for this baby?
Read and discuss the poem ‘Dedicating a baby’ by Jan Dean.  From The Works 6

Psalm 139 v 13-16

Extract from a letter to Daniel

Taken from Lion Bible for Children retold by Murray Watts page 150 or version in script


Isn’t she lovely by Stevie Wonder


I’m special




Week 6

Yr 4

Class Led Worship

To lead worship on an aspect of creativity that has particularly caught their imagination

  • Opening music
  • Introduction
  • Story / acting
  • Reflection
  • Prayers
  • Song
(microphone to be used)

Half Term

Autumn2 Term 2nd Half Value: Peace
Jesus said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.’ (Matthew 5:9) Peace-making actions can range from helping to resolve conflict to creating space for stillness.  Peace, in the sense of total well-being, is God’s intention for the whole of creation, and is a promise that awaits ultimate fulfilment.


Inset Day 6.11.17


Week 1

Peaceful Places

This act of worship focuses on the need we all have to find times to be quiet and reflective

Preparation and Resources

  • Display a range of noisy objects eg drums, musical instruments, alarm clock, whistle and radio

Class Worship Ideas


  • Read the story, ‘Five Minutes Peace’. What kind of things did Mrs Large try to find peace from ?
  • How did she find peace at last?
  • Do chn try to give their parents or carers time to be peaceful?


  • Teachers can ask chn to design their own reflective area to set up in the classroom or school

Finding Peace – Psalm 23

God’s Loving Care

Taken from Lion Bible pg 148


Be Still and Know, from Voice of the Doves


Make me a channel of your peace


Week 2

Making Peace

This collective worship focuses on how and why arguments occur and ways in which they might be resolved.

Preparation and Resources

Class Worship Ideas


  • Ask the chn to talk about ways in which they have resolved quarrels with friends.


  • Look at famous peace makers and the outcomes of their work for peace.
See the letter written by Captian Sir Edward Hulse, Scots Guards, from the Western Front in 1914. The letter could be used to stimulate discussion about whether children feel war can be justified as a form of conflict resolution.  3 months after Edward Hulse wrote this letter he was killed in action.  He was 25.

A Family Quarrel from The Lion Bible for Children retold by Murray Watts


Classic Fantastic CD3 no 14 / no 12


Shalom, my friend


Week 3

Prince of Peace

This act of worship illustrates to children how war can be averted when Jesus’ teaching on reconciliation is lived out by his followers.

Preparation and Resources

5 slips of paper, on each of which is written one of the following phrases:

I don’t know


Come here

I beg you

Well done

I am very angry

Class Worship Ideas


  • Ask the children to suggest other examples of signs and hand signals that convey meaning and some that might be used in class worship.


  • Design a reflective ‘peace corner’ for the classroom

Ephesians 2.14


Classic Fantastic CD3 no 12 – Light of the Moon


Peace, Perfect, Peace



Advent 1: Hope. To understand what advent is.  To identify that people had been waiting a long time for the Messiah – as foretold by the Prophets. Refer to Advent Folder on PC (see folder for display materials). John 18: 33-37


Advent 2: Peace: To illustrate that John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus – trying to tell people how they should live their lives properly. Refer to Advent Folder on PC (See folder for display materials) Luke 21: 25-36


Advent 3: Joy: To illustrate that Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to be the mother of Jesus.  Refer to Advent Folder on PC (See folder for display materials)  Luke 3:1-6


 Advent 4: Love: To illustrate that we are all God’s people and that he loves us all.  Refer to Advent Folder on PC (See folder for display materials)  Luke 3: 7-18



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