East Grinstead, West Sussex

Collective Worship

As a Church school, we believe that Collective Worship is an important part of our wider school life. We hold Collective Worship daily at 10:10 am. This is an important aspect of the school day when the whole school can get together and reflect upon our School Values, stories from the Bible and Christian Festivals and key dates in the Church calendar.

On Wednesdays, the children visit St. Mary's Church for Collective Worship and on Thursdays, our Collective Worship is led by KS2 children . On occasions we may have visitors to deliver and share our Worships.

Parents are entitled to withdraw their child from Collective Worship if they wish. Alternative provision for Collective Worship would be discussed with each family.

Ash Wednesday Church Service 2020

The parable of the mustard seed - 27.01.20


Today in worship, we were reflecting upon the idea that one person, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can make a difference to the world. We began by looking at an apple that had been cut in half and identifying the seeds. Collectively, we discussed how, if planted, those seeds would grow into big, healthy apple trees. We linked this to a bible story that Jesus told in Mathew 13: 31-32.


'The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man takes a mustard seed and sows it in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants. It becomes a tree, so that birds come and make their nests in its branches.'


We discussed how when Jesus was born over 2000 years ago, there were 0 Christians on the planet. However, there are now around 4.5 billion worldwide. Following this, we looked at some other seemingly unimportant people who have changed the world. These included: Joan of arc, George Fox, Edward Jenner, Mary Jones, Florence Nightingale, Rudolph Diesel and Martin Luther King. 


We ended with some food for thought:

  • What will you do to make a difference to the world around you?
  • Will you say a kind word to someone who is sad?
  • Will you help someone to do something difficult?
  • Will you take care of the earth's resources by recycling something?
  • Will you cheer up the people around you with your smile?
  • Will those you meet today find that the world is a brighter place because of you?

Friendship - 20.01.20


Today in worship we were discussing friendship. We discussed why friends are special and how to be a good friend. Then, we read a Bible story (Luke 5.17-26) about four friends who brought another friend to Jesus. We discussed how the paralysed man must have felt throughout the story, pausing to reflect on what we would do/how we would feel if we were in his shoes. We ended our worship by considering how we could be good friends to others. That sometimes, we feel like we have no friends or we fall out with our friends and that makes us sad. But at St Mary's, there is always someone they can talk to if they feel like this. 

Chase Those Blues Away! - 13.01.19


Today we explored the January Blues and how we can respond to them. We spoke about how after all the excitement and bright lights of Christmas, January can feel a bit flat. There aren’t many big parties and celebrations to look forward to, the Christmas decorations and lights are all packed away and adults often choose to cut back on treats by eating plainer food and trying to spend less money. Even the weather is often grey and dreary; it can all add up to making us feel a bit down in the dumps!


The children were asked to think of things about this time of year that make them feel happy and might brighten their moods and we wrote some ideas down on our sunshines. We discussed how sometimes, it might be as simple as remembering some of the things on these yellow sunshine shapes; at other times, we might need a bit more help, perhaps by talking to a friend, our parents or a teacher. Whenever we’re feeling down, we must remember that we can always talk to someone.



Christians believe that they can talk to God about anything that is worrying them. This is called praying.

We discussed how the Bible has a lot to say about being thankful, and about noticing the things that we should appreciate, even when we are feeling blue. In one of Paul’s letters to the early Christians, he wrote, ‘Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.’ In other words, Paul was encouraging people to celebrate what God has done for us; pray about the things that are wrong in the world, such as things that upset us or cause harm to others; and remember the good things around us that we can give thanks for.


Hallway Worship Collages

Remembrance in the Church

Mass with Bishop Martin