[COVID19: Worship during this unusual period is more important than as ever. Sharing a collective theme across the school each day means we can ensuring all of us remain connected, even when we are in our own bubbles. At The Vine we continue to follow the worship structure (with worship in classes led by video and zoom. prayer spaces and daily prayer are used in classrooms and worship themes are posted on the newsletter so that deep thinking can happen at home. Focusing on international values and being an advocate for positive change remains central to our school life.]
We believe that worship is the beating heart of our school day. Collective worship is another time that we can live our vision and ensure that pupils know “this is our school”. All are welcome in worship and it is a time in the day that we can all be together to share, grow and explore our “love of God”.
Pupils are actively involved in worship from planning to reviewing and by prayer leaders living by the example of John Weasley and writing prayers based on the needs of the day and confidently sharing these with the school.
Worship at The Vine is varied and includes a range of elements seen in Anglican and Methodist worship. We also explore faith through celebration of talents and through highlighting pupils who have been champions of change that week (our courageous advocates).
Prayer and reflection on deep questions plays a key role in our worship. Each week our worship, thinking tree and deep question to parents is linked by one of our values (fruits of the spirit).
Monday: Headteachers service: Biblical Advocates (traditional liturgical)
Tuesday: Worship through song (embracing Methodist and Anglican traditions relating to faith and music)
Wednesday: Minister led worship (focusing on exploration of the Eucharist and Methodist and Anglican distinctiveness)
Thursday: Lead learner, worship focuses on how pupils use the talents they have been blessed with
Friday: Courageous Advocate worship- Here pupils learn how a secular role model fits in with the biblical value of the week and what lessons we can draw from the bible and the secular world in order to “do all the good we can”
Eucharist at The Vine:
At the Vine we believe that the Eucharist and the sharing of communion is a special and sacred event. It must be invitational and carries with it very important symbolism that must not be taken lightly.
We offer the Eucharist in a range of ways that are appropriate to the age and mix of our pupils, while still maintaining our belief in the sanctity of the Eucharist.
All pupils are exposed to the Eucharist through weekly worship where the local church explore the concept with the whole school. RE teaching delves deeper into the meaning of the Eucharist and its history in Anglican and Methodist tradition. Pupils at our school eat at round tables to reinforce the Eucharistic message of the value in shared meals and community. We offer invitational sessions for pupils who wish to learn more about the Eucharist and this enables them to be able to understand the traditions of confirmation and communion as a rite of passage.
- How collective worship will be planned?
We work in partnership with the local church, Ely Anglican Reps and The Methodist circuit when planning worship, this means we can have a number of key input into our planning. Pupils help us plan and evaluate worship formally through the year and informally through feedback and involvement in designing worship plans. We base our worship around courage advocacy and exposing pupils to people who have made a change in the world by living the vine values. Music is a key part of our worship and pupils learn that song is a form of prayer, music is chosen to link to the theme of the worship.
- How staff, pupils and visitors contribute to collective worship
Staff all lead worship so that pupils can see a range of adults engage in the topics. Pupils support worship through interaction in sessions, planning whole worship plans, leading prayers daily and providing regular feedback. Visitors are encouraged to contribute and a flyer is available to ensure consistency for the pupils.
- Is a record of themes and content kept?
This can be found on our courageous advocate board or on planning pn our website.
- Can pupils be withdrawn?
Parents have the right to withdraw form worship, this is not common at our school due to the belief of parents that they want their children to be involved in every aspect of school life.
Harvest Appeal for Gituamba
On Monday 11th November 2019, Year 6 delivered a special remembrance service for the school. During this worship, Year 6 sang a remembrance song called ‘We Will Remember’ and performed WW1 poems (War Horse Poem by Brenda Williams, The Deserter by Winifred Letts and In Flanders Fields by John McCrae). The whole school also fell silent for 1 minute at 11 o’clock to show respect and to remember the soldiers who died fighting for our country.