“I asked my God and he did listen.” St Scholastica.
At St Scholastica’s, we are inspired by our patron saint in our prayer life. St Scholastica gave her whole heart and trust to God, we aim to be like her through our daily prayer and worship.
Prayer and worship are an integral part of our daily life. We pray together as a part of our class routine, we have weekly child-led collective worship, daily Examen’s and gather as a whole school for Mass and also have class Gospel assemblies and liturgies.
Father in heaven, you love me,
you are with me night and day.
I want to love you always
in all I do and say.
I’ll try to please you, Father,
bless me through the day.
Bless us, O Lord, as we sit together.
Bless the food we eat today.
Bless the hands that made the food.
Bless us, O Lord.
God our Father, I come to say
thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family
and all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night
and in the morning send your light.
Thank you for loving me.
Thank you for taking care of me, listening to me at home, working with me at school and sharing yourself with me at church.
Help me to try my best in everything, especially in loving you.
St Scholastica, pray for us.
Every second week, a group of children in each class lead a collective worship session with their peers. Children reflect on gospel stories as well as lead prayers, songs and other chosen activities. The children select the Bible reading that they want their session to be focused upon. They may choose a text related to the liturgical calendar, their class saint or a theme they would like their class to reflect upon e.g friendship, honesty or forgiveness.
The sessions are structured around the following parts:
Gather- children gather in a circle with a focus area. They can use candles, rosary beads and other religious artefacts. Some children may choose to hold their session in the forest area in our school.
Listen to the Word- children chose a Bible reading linked to their prayer theme.
Respond- Children choose one or two ways to respond to the reading. For example, they ask each child to write down a prayer or a promise and put each paper together in a jar. They could place this jar on the class prayer table as a constant reminder for the children throughout the week.
Mission- Children choose a way to go forth, sharing the Good News and following God’s mission in their everyday lives. This can be telling others what they’ve heard, writing a poem or raising awareness.
After lunchtime, each class gathers in prayer with a visual focus and music to reflect on the actions of the day in the presence of our Lord.
Throughout the year each class presents liturgy to the whole school. Mrs. Brierley also presents gospel liturgies throughout the year.