Our daily act of collective worship in school fulfils legal requirements and is planned to create a setting which encourages reflection and personal worship.
We have a weekly theme which is linked to learning in other areas of the curriculum and encourages children to relate Christian teaching to everyday life and learning in school.
Whole school worship takes place twice during the week with a member of the clergy leading one of those sessions and the Head or Deputy leading the other.
Key Stage worship takes place once each week when children worship in a smaller group and is led by the Key Stage Manager.
Class worship is held once during the week and class teachers share this worship time with their own children.
Celebration worship takes place on a Friday afternoon.
On special occasions and at regular times during the year services take place at Christ Church when we invite our whole school community, children, staff parents and governors to worship together.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from any act of worship, although this would be unusual in a Church school such as ours.
School Worship for Summer Term 2: 3rd June - 19th July 2019
Half Termly Theme: Wisdom- What would Jesus Do?
During this half term we will explore the Christian Value of Wisdom and look at what this means for us as Christians. The children will be encouraged to look at different situations in life and consider what Jesus would do if he was faced with the same situation and what guidance the bible can provide us with.
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Christ Church Pennington
Worship on the Community - Wednesday 22nd May 2019
On Wednesday 22nd May, Reverend Saunders and Wiremu came into school to lead a very interesting whole school worship on Community. The children thought about the fact that the church is not about the building, it's about the people and that we can achieve a lot by working together.
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Our Easter Service in Church- Friday 5th April 2019
On Friday 5th April, we held our annual Easter Service in Church. Each class helped to recount the key events of Holy week leading up to Easter day. The service began with our Reception children dressed as bunnies, singing the song 'Hot Cross Bunny'. Year 3 then retold the story of Palm Sunday using some videos that they had created with our Eggsplorer Eggs in their RE lessons. Year 1 & 2 followed by retelling the story of Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper through role-play and then Year 4 followed with Judas' betrayal, reading out some diary entries they had written. Year 5 and 6 then read some very emotive pieces of writing that they had written around the events of Good Friday and finally our Ethos Group finished off with their play called 'The Time Machine' which focused on the events of Easter Sunday. The service was delivered completely by the children and supported by Wiremu and the PAIS team who have been coming into school weekly to work with our Ethos Group. The atmosphere in church was very special and at times extremely moving, especially when our Year 5 and 6 children sang the song "Blinded by your Grace.'
Year 5 and 6 singing 'Blinded by your Grace'
Bible Eggsplorers Worship- Monday 25th March 2019
On Monday 25th March, we were delighted to welcome Sue and Cath from Bible Eggsplorers, who came to deliver Easter workshops to each class in school. They launched the day with a special 'Pass the egg' worship, which retold the Easter Story and helped the children to understand the significant events and the order in which they took place.
Our 150th Anniversary Service at Christ Church Pennington- Friday 11th January 2019
Key Stage 2 Carol Concert- Friday 21st December 2018
Well done to our KS2 children for finishing the term beautifully. The carol service was wonderful and the children did us proud. Many thanks for your generous donations in the collection at the end. We raised £126 for the burns unit at Wythenshawe hospital – a cause very close to a KS2 family’s heart.
Ethos Group Christmas Worship: The Modern Day Nativity- Thursday 20th December 2018
Key Stage 1 Nativity: The Inn-spectors- Thursday 13th December 2018
It was wonderful to watch the Infant nativity in church this year The children were fantastic in both of the performances. It was also great to see so many parents/carers and grandparents in the church. I am sure you were all so proud! All the hard work definitely paid off.
Our Advent Worship in school- Friday 30th November 2018
On Friday 30th November we had a very special worship to introduce Advent. Rev. Saunders told the children about the history of Christmas and read the bible story about Elizabeth and Zechariah (Luke 1:5-25) Adam explained to the children about the advent candles, why they are all different colours and what each one represents. It was a wonderful start to this exciting time of year and gave us the opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Remembrance Day 2018- 100th Anniversary
This year's Armistice Day marked the 100th anniversary since the end of World War One, quite a poignant and significant event for all regardless of age, so as a school we wanted to take part in a community project which would involve all the residents of Leigh and our amazing children, as it's them that will continue the stories moving forward. Every child in school made a plastic bottle poppy, which was then used to create a sea of poppies in the Wilkinson Memorial Garden.
Ugandan Band Visit- Wednesday 31st October 2018
There was a great atmosphere in school when the AYF Band of Uganda came to join us during our worship time on their recent visit to the UK. There was lots of singing, dancing and drumming, instruments, laughter and some great questions and discussions.
Our Harvest Service in Church- Friday 5th October 2018
On Friday 5th October, we had an amazing Harvest Service in church. It was lovely to see, so many people filling the building. A big thank-you to all of the children, parents and carers for the gifts of food and money that you donated. We are sure the foodbank will really appreciate it.
Our Easter Service in Church- Thursday 29th March 2018
On Thursday 29th March, we held our annual Easter Service in Church. Each class helped to recount the key events of Holy week leading up to Easter day. The service began with our Key Stage 1 children retelling the story of Palm Sunday, Year 4 then retold the story of Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper, Year 5 and 6 then read some very emotive pieces of writing that they had written around the events of Good Friday and then Year 3 finished off with their Easter Sunday acrostic poems. The service was completely delivered by the children and supported by the PAIS team who have been coming into school weekly to work with our Year 3 children. The atmosphere in church was lovely and at times extremely moving. Everyone went home with a smile on their face when they were given colourful Jelly beans as they left church to help them to remember the significance of the different colours within the Easter story.
Mothering Sunday Worship- Friday 9th March 2018
I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house on Friday morning when Year 6 and their Reception buddies performed a worship for their mums. They each explained why they loved their mum so clearly and bravely. Thank you to Mrs Baines and Mrs Hayden who prepared the refreshments for us afterwards.
On Thursday 1st February the children performed two wonderful iSingPOP concerts. They were absolutely amazing and we were so proud of them all. To see the whole school singing their hearts out in praise was very moving indeed and brought a tear to many eyes! An enormous thank you to Jess Cook our iSingPOP tutor and to the PCC from Christ Church who provided half of the funding for the project. We can now add the new songs to our repertoire for worship and you can sing at home to our very own CDs.
Rev Saunders' Old Testament Heroes Worship
On Wednesday 17th January 2018, Rev Saunders came into school to talk to the children about the Old Testament Hero, Moses. The children were all captivated as Rev Saunders dramatically told the story of Moses, from him being found in the bullrushes as a baby to becoming a great leader and setting his people free.
Remembrance Day 2017
Well done to all the children in KS2 who created the most beautiful poppy for Remembrance Day - it looked just amazing! A big thank you to Rev Saunders who made an impromptu visit, with his trumpet, to play the last post. It was a very moving mark of respect.
Our Harvest Service in Church- Wednesday 4th October
Thank you for all your Harvest contributions. We were staggered at your generosity and the Food Bank are so grateful for your donations. Additionally we will be sending £70 out to Uganda to the AYF band who visited us in January to help them spread the word of God. During our harvest service Reverend messaged members of the band and they sent a message of thanks to you all.
Easter Week in School- 27th March 2017
During the week leading up to Easter, each of our classes helped to retell the Easter story by leading one of our daily worship times. Reception started us off on Monday by retelling the story of 'Palm Sunday', followed by Year 1 & 2 retelling the story of 'The Last Supper' on Tuesday. Year 3 & 4 then told a very moving version of the story of 'Jesus' arrest and death' on Wednesday, followed by Y5 & 6 finishing off the week, retelling the story of 'Jesus rising from the dead' in Church on Thursday. All the children did a brilliant job and really helped to bring the Easter story to life in school..
Mr Butterworth's Retirement and Easter Service in Church- Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Thank you to all the parents/carers that attended this years Easter Service in church. It was lovely to see Reverend Butterworth being presented with his leaving gifts. The children were a real credit to the school and even our chicks made an appearance!
AN ENORMOUS THANK YOU to everyone involved in this year’s Christmas Celebration in church on Thursday 10th December.
- The choir sang beautifully;
- The children from Year 5 and 6 reminded us about the real meaning of Christmas;
- The Reception children were a beautiful host of heavenly angels
- The Children from Year 1 were the cutest sheep
- AND YEAR 2 were real stars performing “A Miracle in Town” so clearly and confidently that we are all excited for Christmas
Thank you to all the school staff for all their hard work in preparing and supporting the children and to families and friends for coming to join us!
Mrs Lythgoe’s Retirement and Easter Celebration In Church- Tuesday 31st March and Thursday 2nd April
The children led a beautiful Thanksgiving Service for Mrs Lythgoe in Church on Tuesday evening. It was lovely to see so many former pupils and staff who had come along to share the evening with her. Thank you to all those who gave donations towards a leaving gift which was presented during the Easter Worship in church on Maunday Thursday morning. We all wish Mrs Lythgoe a very happy retirement but she will always be welcome in school.