Worship at Darwen St James.
Worship at Darwen St James’ is integral to our daily academy life. It is a time that brings us all together, be it remotely, in the hall or as class groups. We use this time to reflect, discuss, talk to God and praise him through song.
Worship is planned by Miss Peckson, our worship lead and the Worship team have input into the planning and also the delivery of some of the worships. For our worship overview for this year please see below. From that document you will see that our worship is planned in themes, which are not value specific. This enables us to focus on all of our values throughout the year in many different ways.
Through Worship we look at our values, bible stories, Christian festivals, world news events and how that relates to God and Jesus, multi-cultural and different faiths festivals, Remembrance and a huge amount more. Worship is led by all of the teachers at Darwen St James’ who embrace the experience that Worshiping with the children gives them.
This is what our daily collective Worship looks like –
Monday – Picture News worship in class.
Tuesday – Whole school worship.
Wednesday – Whole School worship with Rob.
Thursday – Class worship.
Friday – Whole school Celebration Worship.
At the start of our worship we say the Trinity and light three candles in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We then say our opening words together. To signal the end of our worship we say our closing words together as we put out the candles.
As we are a church school each classroom or base has its own worship/ reflective area. Each area contains various resources suitable for the age of the children who use the room. Examples of resources include Bibles or Bible story books, crosses, candles, a book to record class prayers, prayer dice and prayer formats which can be used to write prayers for collective worship.
Our Advent Worship Areas.
Prayer At Darwen St James.
The Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Our Action Prayer.
May the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ,
And the love of God our Father.
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
Be with us all evermore.
These are our prayer cards, available in all of our Worship areas, allowing the chlldren to write their own prayers.
Worship Through Song.
Here are some of our favourite songs to sing during Worship. Throughout the ages, God’s people have gathered before Him in song. Worship music has been and continues to be the enduring and imaginative expression of God’s people in praise, celebration, lament, and longing. There is beauty in the act of a multitude of voices combining in unified glory to God.