As a Church School we celebrate a collective act of worship every day. We are very proud of our Worship which takes place in the hall. We have a small altar, light candles, sign the Trinity, say prayers and sing a hymn or song together. All classes have a chance to present a worship and parishioners and visiting ministers regularly lead our collective worship. We welcome parents and families in to share our FRIDAY FAMILY WORSHIP every Friday morning at 9.00am. Some of our parents and parishioners also serve refreshments afterwards.
At the beginning of each Worship we say and sign the trinity and light three candles. In the name of the Father, in the name of the son and in the name of the Holy Spirit.
Our school prayer
O Lord, bless our school
That working together,
And playing together,
We may learn to serve you,
And to serve one another,
For Lent this year, we have set the children and staff a ’40 Acts of Generosity Challenge’. This is where we all give things back rather than give things up. They are all simple acts of generosity that we are hopeful will become habit after Lent and will lead to children feeling happier and more included in and out of school. They are in the following different categories: gratitude, care for the environment, giving, school community, kindness, new friends and doing the right thing. Hopefully they will also share this generosity and kindness throughout their lives e.g. when they go to high school, at home and in the community, the workplace etc.
Each class will focus on the 40 different acts of generosity and kindness on the attached schools challenge card in the lead up to Easter (it doesn’t include Sundays). Our WOW (Worship Our Way) group will monitor and celebrate the acts of generosity in Friday Family Worship. Please encourage your child to complete these acts at home too. There is also a family 40 acts of generosity challenge wall chart too which you might want to take part in as a family.
Worship is such an important part of our lives at St Barnabas. Our children say that Worship is a time of reflection, for praying and singing to God. They say that in Worship they feel peaceful, as one family and they feel that God is with them. Please have a look at some of our Worships this term that have been led by Mrs Ham, Rev David, WOW group, class teachers and individual classes.
These are our Christian Values. Each week in celebration Worship teachers choose a child that has demonstrated one of the Christian Values the most and they receive the super Citizen of the week award.
“Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
At St Barnabas we are proud of our caring, Christian ethos, underpinned by the Christian values that permeate our teaching and learning and shape every member of our school family. Each half term we focus on a Christian value and explore how it can change the way we live our daily lives.
Our WOW group conducted a survey and we all agreed that the values we feel express our school family are:
Courage – Saint Barnabas was a great ‘encourager’,
Trust, Forgiveness, Friendship,
Service, Generosity and Respect