Collective Worship and Worship Council
Worship at St Thomas
Roots and Fruits
'A tree is known by its fruit' - Matthew 12.33
Roots and Fruits is what we base our Christian Values and collective worship on.
It is rooted in Bible teaching and twelve Christian values represent the fruit that grows as the teaching is lived out in everyday life.
Each term focuses on one value (theme) which links with the season of the Church year.
We promote Christian values in all we do with particular emphasis on:
Generosity, Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship, Respect
Thankfulness, Trust, Perseverance, Justice, Service, Truthfulness
The church calendar is made up of seasons that follow the life of Jesus. The church year begins in late November or early December with Advent, a time of preparation for Jesus’ birth. In Christian churches one of four colours – purple, green, gold (or white) and red – referred to as ‘liturgical colours’, are used for altar linen, clergy robes and various hangings. The colour reflects the season, so that for instance in Advent purple is used, a colour of royalty because we are preparing to welcome the coming of a king. Purple is used again in Lent because it also symbolises suffering and pain.
At Christmas and Easter the colour changes to white or gold, both bright optimistic colours for festivals, times for joy and celebration. Between the festivals green cloths symbolise all living things, renewal and promise of new life. And finally, red is the colour of fire, used in churches to celebrate Pentecost and saints’ days.
Example of Collective Worship Planning
The Worship Council is made up of children from Year 5.
Worship Council’s role is to help lead collective worship, monitor collective worship and help promote reflection and collective worship around the school.
Please click the link below for an example of the Worship Council supporting worship at St Thomas'.
Picture News is a current affairs resource with strong British Values, Protected Characteristics and Rights of the Child links. Please click the link to find out more of how it is used st St Thomas'.
Roots and Fruits is a Christian Collective Worship resource.
Rooted in Bible teachings, 12 Christian Values represent the fruit that grows as the teaching is loved out in everyday life.
Each term focuses on one value which links with the season of the church year.
Lydia, the children and family worker from St Thomas' CE Church is a regular visitor to St Thomas' Primary Academy.
Every week she invites children to attend her lunchtime Play and Prayer Club. The club is well attended and the children thoroughly enjoy the activities. Lydia leads collective worship at St Thomas' every month. She has led services on church festivals including Advent, Harvest, Remembrance, Mothering Sunday, Lent and Easter as well as services linking to the school's 6 Christian values.
Play and Prayer Lunchtime Club
Visit from the Bishop of Doncaster - The Rt Revd Sophie Jelley.
We welcome many visitors to lead out collective worship over the school year. These include:
- Key speakers (eg Courage - Resilience Roger Cheetham)