“Each one of us is different, each one of us is special”
St. Denys motto is “Each one of us is different, each one of us is special.” We aim for our Collective Worship to reflect the distinctive nature of our Church of England Controlled Status and the Christian principles on which the school was established. Developing children as thoughtful individuals, teaching them to be respectful of everyone, to value difference and celebrate the achievements of each other.
Theme – Friendship, being friends.
A Christian perspective on Friendship:
Christians believe they can call God their friend because of the relationship made possible through Jesus.
Theme- Forgiveness and saying sorry
A Christian perspective on Forgiveness:
Forgiveness is how damaged relationships are mended. It is an act motivated by love. For Christians, Jesus’ death on the cross is the ultimate revelation of God’s all forgiving love, his sacrifice is inspiration to forgive others, no matter what cost.
Theme – Generosity and Kindness/Christmas
A Christian perspective on Generosity
God’s generosity is best described as ‘Grace’, love freely given without limit or conditions. This generosity, once experienced and acknowledged by an individual can in turn release a generous spirit towards others.
Theme – Courage & Being Brave
A Christian perspective on Courage
The Christian belief that God is present in every situation has led to great acts of courage – facing danger, overcoming fear, making a stand for what is right and encouraging others to persevere. Through prayer people have found the strength to be courageous.
Theme – Truthfulness & Honesty
A Christian perspective on truthfulness
Christians believe that truth is revealed in the Bible and in the life of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ teaching we are given an insight into the nature of God and the way in which He means us to live.
· To encourage all members of the school to be truthful to each other
· To understand that you should be true to yourself ( stand up for what you believe)
· To understand the importance of being truthful and honest
Theme – Thankfulness
A Christian perspective on Thankfulness
Christians believe that God loves and cares for them in many different ways in all aspects of their life. They know that their response to this provision should be one of thankfulness and praise.
· To understand the importance of being appreciative and thankful
· To understand the different ways, we can show thanks to others
· To think about all the things, we can be thankful for
Theme – Justice & Being Fair
A Christian perspective on Justice
Justice in the Bible is seen in the context of love. It includes the call to take responsibility for each other, especially the poor and oppressed. It is based on the premise that no-one should be excluded from the essentials of life.
Theme – Compassion & caring
A Christian perspective on compassion
Christians believe that their attitudes and actions must reflect the kindness, mercy and compassion of Jesus and the love of God for everyone.
· For children to know ways in which they can show a caring attitude and show compassion to others
· For children to recognise when others are showing care
· To be thankful for those who care for us
· To explore how we can care for the world
Theme – Peace/Christmas
A Christian perspective on 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.
To explore conflict and peace in our world
To look at people who have worked for peace in the world
To provide children with ideas and skills to become peacemakers
To encourage children to solve their differences in constructive ways
To allow children to explore the reflective feeling of peace and stillness
To explore the story of Christmas from the point of view of: Mary & Joseph/Wise Men & Shepherds
To celebrate the Christmas story through performance
Theme – Trust and belief
A Christian perspective on trust and belief
Trust is the basis of all stable relationships, including a person’s relationship with God. God’s commitment to humanity is seen in his willingness to trust ordinary people with carrying out his purposes in the world.
· Children to explore what it means to trust and be trusted - understand the importance of trust and explore how we can show trust in others
· Explore what happens when trust is broken
· Explore who in our lives we trust – family, community, world, God
· Explore God’s trust for us to look after the world
· Explore Bible stories where people have shown trust in God