Collective Worship is a central part of every day at Oldswinford. It's a special time when we come together to listen and learn, share and reflect, give praise and thanks, pray and grow spiritually. Worship is led by either staff or children as well as the "Open The Book" team or clergy from St. Mary's Church. We base our worship on the Christian faith and the teachings of Jesus, underpinned by our values and vision. However, we also use this time to learn about and reflect on special days, celebrations, other faiths and influential people and events.
We open each act of worship, with a collective greeting which represents the Holy Trinity:
Charlotte requested to lead our whole school worship. Speaking clearly and confidently, she presented a powerpoint and video clip, inspiring us with her strong Christian beliefs and asking us to think about our own perceptions of Christianity. She left us with a challenge to notice when God speaks to us and whether we are listening or not.
Thank you Charlotte for enriching our worship with your faith and courage.
We held a very special Candlemas service for the whole school at St. Mary's Church. Rev French led the service, the 'Open The Book' team told the story of Jesus' first visit to the temple and the Worship Group wrote and read a prayer. Our whole school worship candle was blessed with prayers and incense, along with a candle for each class' reflection area. We thought about Simeon's words, describing Jesus as the light of the world and the link to how we open our collective worship back at school.
Everyone from Reception to Year 6 joined in singing Light a Flame, Colours of Day and Shine, Jesus Shine. It was a very spiritual experience for all involved.
Open The Book
We are blessed to be visited by the 'Open The Book' team every second Tuesday. We love the way they present stories from the Bible in such an engaging way. The children are always thrilled when they are chosen to play their part too, dressing up as soldiers, crowd members, fishermen, various characters from the Bible and even birds at times!
Our thanks go to John, Alex, Merl, Sue, Stan, Sally, Jo, Eve, Maggie and Marjorie for your commitment and dedication to the children in our school. We appreciate your acting talents and creativity.
After each visit, they leave us with the story, a prayer and some reflections to help us develop our spiritual response:
Our friends from St. Mary's helped the Worship Group to design and sew a new altar cloth for our worship table. Which Bible stories can you see represented in the design?
The Diocese of Worcester
At Oldswinford, we celebrate our inclusion in the Diocese of Worcester and value the educational, spiritual and pastoral support we receive.
Along with 100 other schools in Dudley, Sandwell and Worcester, Oldswinford Church of England Primary School is located within the Diocese of Worcester which is headed by Bishops John and Graham and Archdeacons Nikki and Robert.
Read more about the diocese here:http://www.oldswinford.dudley.sch.uk/worcester-diocese/