Collective worship in school provides a vital opportunity for children and young people to pause and reflect on important issues of life and faith. Prayer is a central part of worship and in church schools it underpins the whole ethos and life of the school.
Church schools do not simply educate children and young people from Christian family backgrounds but are there to serve the communities in which they are situated. Our school communities offer great diversity and vitality; welcoming those of all faiths and none. Christian worship in our schools is therefore invitational and school leaders meet the challenge of leading collective worship within their diverse communities in many creative and innovative ways.
In offering resources for schools to use as part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we have suggested material relating specifically to the Lord’s Prayer and ideas for creating opportunity and space for children and young people to pray in school or in church as is most appropriate for the school’s context. These resources can be used in collective worship settings open to the whole school community. Schools also offer extra-curricula activities, clubs and groups which will consider using the other resources available in the pack.