Services (assemblies) are held every day, giving our children valuable time to think, reflect and develop spiritually.
We consider this fundamental to our well-being, as we believe spiritual development is key in helping all children grow academically, but more importantly personally, so they become well-rounded young people, ready to soar high like an eagle and take their place in today’s society.
Daily acts of worship are central to life at St. John’s. The themes of our services are linked to our school vision and school values. The themes are also linked closely to the Calendar of the Church of England, and take in major festivals and Saints’ Days. Such as, Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Candlemas.
We recognise many of our children and their families come from a wide range of faiths and worldviews.
As a result, we incorporate important times and other festivals in our services such as Remembrance Sunday, Ramadan, Diwali and Hanukkah.
Big questions are central to our services and are shared at the beginning of each week in whole school service.
For example, why should we always try and forgive others? What are you thankful for? During our main services, children are also involved in leading worship, often acting, performing, reading stories and poems. The Worship Team (Y2 & Y6 children) are involved with planning, leading and evaluating services. In our weekly Class Service, the children are given time and space to think about the key questions in more detail. For example, they might listen to music whilst they simply have time to think.
Class Services are led by the children and provide a wonderful opportunity for children to shine and share things that are important to them.
Music is a fundamental part of services and a key part of how we worship at St. John’s.
Each term we come together as a whole school, sometimes to focus on our vision or sometimes for special celebrations.