The Worship Council play a vital role in the development of worship within our school. Our aim is to develop ways of ensuring each and every member of Eckington CE First School has time and space to think, reflect and connect with themselves, others and God.
We regularly meet with Mrs Dodd to give feedback and ideas to the pupils, staff and Governors to help make our Collective Worship times extra special. We also organise the planning and performance of acts of worship. This year we have already organised the school's Harvest Festival in Church and the Remembrance service here in the hall.
Worship Council will meet with Reverend Allison in January to renew our school Worship Policy . We are looking at ways to enhance our Collective Worship and make it the 'beating heart' of our school.
We read the poem written by Joshua Dyer (a 15 year old pupil at Tenbury High) and found it very inspirational that a young person had such insight into the subject.
One Thousand Men Are Walking
By Joshua Dyer
One thousand men are walking
Walking side by side
Singing songs from home
The spirit as their guide
they walk toward the light milord
they walk towards the sun
they smoke and laugh and smile together
their foes are now outrun
these men live on forever
in the hearts of those they saved
a nation truly grateful
for the path of peace they paved
they march as friends and comrades
but they do not march for war
step closer to salvation
a tranquil steady corps
the meadows lit with golden beams
a beacon for the brave
the emerald grass untrampled
a reward for what they gave
they dream of those they left behind
and know they dream of them
forever in those poppy fields
there walks one thousand men
Worship Council have plans to develop an outside worship area. The whole school began the process by creating a cross to display and focus our worship. In designing the cross the children thought of the following images:
There will be a dedicated area for worship outdoors and all the children will be asked to contribute their ideas for this special space.
Worship Council planned our Easter Service 2017 at Holy Trinity Church in Eckington. Every class had the opportunity to contribute to the service. Year 5 wrote thoughtful prayers and mastered readings to celebrate the Easter Story. The occasion was shared with parents and friends.
Worship Council were very lucky to spend the morning celebrating and worshiping at St. James' Church, Wollaston. Thank to all the clergy and helpers for making this a wonderful morning.
In the spring term Worship Council members will take more responsibility for the spiritual displays around school.
Worship Council met with Revd. Canon Susan and Revd Rick to update our Worship Policy. They are working on becoming more involved in everyday collective worship as well as in planning our special services. Worship Council have led collective worship and always read the welcome words at the beginning of each worship. They have purchased some resources for school, including the different coloured prayer table cloths so that we can observe the colours of the church.
Worship council planned our Easter service in Church. They sought contributions from each class. Worship council decided to share some of the service responsibilities in a different way. Each class produced a celebration of the Easter story through art, dance, song, rhyme, poetry and traditional readings.