Visitors to Collective Worship

Collective Worship is a very important part of daily life at St. Giles. We follow Values for Life, with each half term having a different value, which is chosen by the children taking part in a democratic vote. Not only do we follow Values for Life, but we are supported by a range of visitors who bring their own unique style of worship into school.

This term we have ‘Chalked The Door’ with Father Mark. This special service is celebrated at Epiphany. which marks the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus. This is done by taking chalk of any colour and writing the following above the entrance the door: 20 + C + M + B + 18. Father Mark carried out this service at St. Giles Church, and then came a carried out simpler version in school.

The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Wise — Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar — who came to visit Jesus in His first home. They also abbreviate the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “18” at the end mark the year. Altogether, this is a request for Jesus to bless those buildings which have been marked and that He stay with those who live and work in the building throughout the year.

Father Mark, blessed the chalk, and then sprinkled it with Holy water. This water was then sprinkled over the children. He then climbed the ladder to chalk the inscription above the doors to the hall.

A new visitor to school comes from the MAST (Matlock Area Schools Trust) team. Michael Tinker has taken over the visits which used to be carried out by Michael Fentem. He comes fresh from adventures in the jungle with his companion Mr Grumpy. There is lots of laughter, lots of funky songs (all accompanied by signing), and opportunities to get out our air guitars and play music. All of this is to help us learn stories from the Bible in an exciting and engaging way.

This week Michael came with the theme BOOM!

New year is a time for making promises... and promptly breaking them! God makes a lot of promises in the Bible... but he never breaks them. Michael shared the promise of a new heaven and new earth found in Revelation 21 and how we know that will come true because Jesus has shown us he has the power to make it happen.

Finally, Open The Book lead Collective worship once a month. We dress up and role-play the Bible stories, led by Zania and Elspeth. They teach us songs and teach us how to understand the Bible through drama. On their first visit they shared the story of David and Goliath, where our very own David took on the role of the hero and slew the might giant, magnificently played by Jacob.

It’s fantastic to open our doors to so many wonderful visitors, and we thank them for the contribution they being to our school.

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