Collective Worship Autumn Term 2017




School: Resources

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


Hey there, Mister Scarecrow


Week 2

Carers of Creation
  • Picture: The Flight to Egypt by James Tissot
  • A child who has practised the reading from Matthew

Class Worship

  • Children to write a letter welcoming new children into our school.
  • Children to write a welcome prayer

Psalm 8

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


Week 3

The Miracle of Creation

Preparation and resources

  • 8 children to act in role as Jeremiah, 2 kings, 2 soldiers, 2 officials and Ebed-Melech

Class Worship Ideas – Keep on Trying

 Use a washing line in class and clothes shaped cards to create a perseverance display.  On each card print ‘ I persevered and did the right thing when ....’

The Creation Genesis 1,2

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



Week 4

Using our Senses to Enjoy Creation

Preparation and Resources

  • Placard big enough for everyone in the worship space to read, saying ‘if you can go UNDER it, if you can’t go OVER it, then Griff you must go THROUGH it !’

Class Worship Ideas – design a challenge

Older children could design and then build a Challenge Assault Course for younger ones in the hall or playground – to help understand the concept of perseverance
Lucy’s Picture by Nicola Moon & Alex Ayliffe



Week 5

Celebrating the Creation of New Life

Preparation and Resources

  • Boy and girl puppets and cloth / table / puppet theatre for puppeteers to hide behind
  • A netball
  • Three children who have rehearsed the closing prayer

Class Worship Ideas

Each class to think of something that they are all going to persevere at in order to achieve i.e. read x3 times a week, times tables, keep classroom tidy.  Write up a perseverance chart.

Psalm 139 v 13-16

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




Half Term

Summer 2 Term 2nd Half Value: Forgiveness
Christians believe that forgiveness is the means by which damaged relationships are restored.  It is an act of the will, motivated by love.  For Christians, Jesus’ death on a cross is the ultimate revelation of God’s all forgiving love, and his sacrifice stands as a source of inspiration to forgive others, no matter what the cost.


Inset Day 5.6.2017

Saying Sorry and Being Forgiven

In this assembly we introduce the ideas of being forgiven by our parents when we do wring and how their forgiveness springs from their love for us.

Big Question

How many times must I forgive someone?

Preparation and Resources

Poster Picture – Prodigal Son

The Story of the Lost son from Lion Bible


Because some one makes a mistake does that stop us loving them?

Class Worship Ideas


Ask chn to think about times when the following words might be said:

I’m sorry I won’t do that again

I’m sorry I hurt you I made a mistake

I’m sorry I said those things about you


  • Reflect on the character of Edmund in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis.
  • Ask the chn if they can think of a time when a friend has let them down. How did they feel? How did they become friends again? Was it easy to forgive your friend? Have you ever let your friends down? How did you feel?

‘The Parable of the forgiving father illustrates the willingness of God to forgive us when we go wrong’.

The Story of the Lost Son – Luke 15


Being Forgiven and Starting Again

Today we are thinking about change.  The leaves on the trees change but there are also many other ways that we see ‘change’ in the world around us.

Thursday Worship Discussion

Let us forgive each other - only then will we live in peace.
Leo Tolstoy

What does it mean?

Preparation and Resources

  • Branches displayed in a large pot or vase



Class Worship Ideas


Discuss the phrase, ‘turning over a new leaf’. Children to write on a leaf some way in which they would like to ‘turn over a new leaf’.


Children could be encouraged to think about something they wished they had not said or done and record this in their diary.

Discuss words by Martin Luther King: ‘Forgiveness is not just an occasional act, it is a permanent thing’.

Jesus and the Taxman – The Lion Storyteller

‘The Story of Zacchaeus demonstrates how being forgiven can change our attitudes and behaviour and give us a fresh start.


Maths – Problem Solving Day


Amazing Grace – A Story of Forgiveness

This act of worship examines the theme of forgiveness in the life experience of John Newton.

Big Question

What does it feel like to be forgiven?

Preparation and Resources

Words of Amazing Grace

Surprise bag containing:

Shells and pebbles

Cross or fish symbol

Map of Africa

Small boat


Class Worship Ideas


Listen to other stories about being lost and found eg. The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and retell using actions.


Reflect on the words of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ and think about the life of John Newton. Create a series of ‘freeze frame’ pictures to illustrate the story of John Newton’s life.

Talk about situations people find themselves in today where their freedom is unfairly taken away.

Amazing Grace


My Money Week

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Thursday Worship Discussion

Without forgiveness, there's no future.
Desmond Tutu

Preparation and Resources

Stick up a series of large speech bubbles where all the chn can see them.

Write in them:

I hate you, I’ll get even with you, I’ll get you back.

Class Worship Ideas


Read and talk about the story ‘ Lucy’s Quarrel’


Read and discuss the parable of the unforgiving servant, Matthew 18

Find out about other communities and actions that are based on the concept of forgiveness

e.g. Corrymeela

       Truth and Justice commission in South Africa

       Coventry Cathedral

The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 2, Luke 11


The Cross – Symbol of Forgiveness

The symbol of the cross is used to help chn understand why the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is central to the Christian belief about forgiveness and being forgiven.

Biq Question

Why is it hard to forgive?

Preparation and Resources

Display a range of different styles of crosses

Class Worship Ideas


Look for signs of transformation and change in the natural world e.g. caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Draw and explain the life cycle.


Investigated the symbolism of the Celtic cross design.  Look at examples of its use in modern art and design.

Investigate the wide range of crosses and their significance for difference Christian communities.

The Emmaus Road

Luke 24


Bastille Day


Review Forgiveness    


Prize Giving


Leavers Service





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