School Collective Worship Calendar

Week Beginning (colour is for that Sunday in church)


(Taken from the Lectionary for the Sunday of that week)


(The current SIAMS framework has a greater focus on theology.)


Suggestions for act of C/W

(Remember to think how your collective worship is an expression of your School Vision and how you will measure impact.)

See key for Primary Resources (end of document)

Suggested hymn or song

(Think about the words, can they be sung with integrity?)

Questions to take home

(Make links to Parish/ Growing Faith/Faith at Home)

6 Sept 2020 Romans 13:8-14

Paul reminds the Christians in Rome to love others as you love yourself.

Matthew 18:15-20

Here Jesus gives practical advice in how to settle a disagreement.

Exploring the choices that there are in lovingly resolving disagreements ST -Ruby Bridges (F3)

ST Everton & Liverpool (E5)

LS -Proper 18

Google Desmond Tutu – Truth and Reconciliation and/or Corrymeela- Northern Ireland

Let there be love shared among us.

Make me a channel of your peace.

I’ve got peace like a river.

Lord I pray – forgiveness song (Out of the Ark)


Have you ever fallen out with a friend?

How did you restore your friendship?

Challenge: Can you make some first steps in healing a broken friendship?

13 Sept 2020 Romans 14:1-12

Paul tells the Christians in Rome not to judge others.

Matthew 18:21-35

Jesus tells a parable in response to the question about how many times should we forgive someone.

Forgiveness: Knowing God has forgiven us motivates us to forgive others ST -Michael Watson(F2)

AT -Don’t stop forgiving

LS – Proper 19


Corrie ten Boom forgives guard from concentration camp (see YouTube)

Be still, for the presence of the Lord:


How have you felt when you forgave/didn’t forgive someone?
20 Sept 2020 Philippians 1:21-30

Paul wrote to the Christians in Philippi from prison, he was facing death, but still had hope in God, whatever the future brought and embraced all God had for him.

Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus’ parable gives insight into the values of the Kingdom. Everyone is welcome no matter how young, old, or close to death. It’s not to do with how long you’ve been in service.

Keeping going when it is difficult: Rejoicing in the joys and challenges of following Jesus ST – Manchester City (E4)

SpT – Blaise Pascal (I5)

ST – The Black Madonna (K3)

LS – Proper 20

The example of William Kamkwamba – The boy who harnessed the wind (Google search William Kamkwamba faith)

The example of Dr Charles Drew, Christian medical researcher who overcame prejudice and made ground-breaking discoveries in the storage and processing of blood for transfusions and managed two of the largest blood banks during WWII.

Father hear the prayer we offer.

The Lord’s my shepherd.

I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.

He’ll be there (Out of the Ark music) Count your blessings (Out of the Ark)

What a friend we have in Jesus (Out of the Ark)

Have you ever worked hard at overcoming a challenge?

What did you do?

How did it feel when you succeeded?

27 Sept 2020 Philippians 2:1-13

The Christians in Philippi are divided, and Paul wants them to humbly serve each other to bring unity. He reminds them of Jesus’ example, in coming as a servant.

Matthew 21:23-32 Jesus’ authority is questioned by the religious leaders. He tells a parable about two sons, neither do what they say. However, one son eventually does the right thing.

Humbly serving one another, looking to Jesus’ example LS – Proper 21

Example of Mother Theresa/Jackie Pullinger/Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale


From heaven you came/Servant King.

Brother, sister let me serve you.


Have you ever struggled to do the right thing?

When was the last time you put someone before yourself?

What did you do?

Challenge: Do a random act of kindness this week.

4 Oct 2020 Isaiah 5:1-7

The prophet Isaiah lived about 700 years before the birth of Jesus. The vineyard was symbolic of the nation of Israel, but they had not followed God’s commands. Isaiah warns them that although God loves them judgement is coming. (They were later taken into exile in Babylon.)

Matthew 21:33-46

Jesus tells a parable; he also uses the symbolism of the nation of Israel as a vineyard. The tenants are the religious leaders who have not acted as God (the vineyard owner) required, the servants are the prophets and the owner’s son is Jesus.

Recognising there are consequences to our actions.

Living as God wants his people to live.

AT – Reaping and sowing

36 RTR – Jesus teaches responsibility for those in need

LS – Proper 22


Think about choices, God has given free will, explore what that means in how we live, spend time and money.

Be Thou my Vision. We are walking in the light of God.

One more step along the world I go.

Have you ever helped someone in need?

What did you do?

11 Oct 2020 Philippians 4:1-9

Paul reminds the Christians in Philippi to be faithful; work for unity; rejoice in what God is doing; have the right attitudes towards each other and focus on wholesome things.

Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus told this parable. God’s people automatically expected to God’s banquet but chose to ignore the invitation. The guests who were then invited wouldn’t have expected to get in. However, there is a warning in the one guest who is ejected, he has not responded in the right way.

Having the right attitude.

Living a life that pleases God.

ST – Lord Chan (J5)

LS – Proper 23


Examples of Christians working together for others: Churches Floating Shelters/ Street Pastors

God is love, his the care.

The Lord’s my shepherd.

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.

Give thanks with grateful heart I will sing your praises (Father God I wonder

Challenge: Can you think of something to be thankful for every day for a week? Are some days easier than others? Why/why not?
18 Oct 2020



1Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica and thanked God for their work motivated by love and their endurance in difficult circumstances inspired by their hope in Jesus.

Matthew 22:15-22

The religious leaders ask Jesus a question about paying taxes. They hoped that his answer would get him in trouble, if he said that taxes should be paid, he would anger the religious leaders, if he said not to pay taxes, he would be in danger of Roman action.  Following Jesus may bring challenges. Christians have ultimate responsibility to God but should also live as responsible members of society.

Doing the right thing can be hard and unpopular.

Serving God can be difficult.




St Luke the Evangelist’s Feast Day (18 October)

ST – The Question (G9)

CA – The Trap (43)

CA – Oscar Romero (13)

LS – Proper 24


The persecuted church

(Open Doors is a charity supporting persecuted Christians, see their website for stories,

Lord you put a tongue in my mouth.

One more step along the world I go.

I the Lord of sea and sky. Sometimes I wonder (Out of Ark)

Today (Out of the Ark)

Have you ever been unfairly told off for doing the right thing?
1 Nov 2020 1 John 3:1-3

Jesus’ followers are imperfect people, but a time is coming when they will become more like Jesus.

Matthew 5:1-12

Jesus teaching here is known as the Beatitudes. Jesus teaches about those who are blessed. God is with those who suffer and struggle, who have nothing, are oppressed and persecuted.

All Saints’ Day (1 Nov)

All Soul’s Day (2 Nov)


Although we may think of saints as holy people who are recognised by the church, the Bible also refers to anyone who is a follower of Jesus as a saint.

AT – All Saint’s Day (B3)

AT – All Soul’s Day (B4)

LS – All Saint’s Day


You may wish to look at the Saint your school is named after or how this festival is celebrated by Christians in other parts of the world.

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

Give thanks with a grateful heart.

Oh when the Saints go marching in.


Who inspires you? What is it about them that you admire? Challenge: Encourage someone, tell them what good qualities about their character you admire.
8 Nov 2020 1 Thesalonians 4:13-18

Paul encouraged the Christians in Thessalonica who are concerned about what will happened to those who have died before Jesus’ return. They have nothing to worry about.

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus tells a parable. Nobody knows the time that Jesus will return, his followers are to remain alert and keep doing good.

Remembrance Sunday

Being prepared – living to tackle injustice/ Preparing for the return of Jesus

AT (B5)

LS – Third Sunday before Advent


Remembering those who have died in or as a result of conflict.

One more step along the world I go.

Give me oil in my lamp.

We will remember (Out of the Ark)

What injustices do you see in the world? How could you be pro-active in making a change?
15 Nov 2020 Psalm 90:1-8, 12

The writer of this Psalm encourages the reader to have a right view of their life and live as God wants, being wise each day.

Matthew 25:14-30

The key to this parable is to be faithful with what God has given, the parable warns that those who do nothing will find themselves with nothing.

Everyone has talents to share with others

Using what God has given to us faithfully, not just for ourselves but for God and others.

AT – Gifts

LS – Second Sunday before Advent


The example of Katherine G. Johnson who used her skills in mathematics working for NASA to get the first men to the moon.


The example of John Laing, using his talents in construction for God


The example of Emily Finch who used her savings to buy a bus:

The wise may bring their learning.

Take my life and let it be.

Count your blessings (Out of the Ark)

This day (Out of the Ark)

What talents do you have? How could you use them to help others? Challenge: Encourage someone, help them to see the talents God has given them.
22 Nov 2020 Ephesians 1:15-23

Paul writes to the Christians in Ephesus. He commends them on their love for each other.

Matthew 25:31-46

Faith in God leads to loving action, serving others and seeing Jesus in others.

The importance of loving others, looking to Jesus’ example LS – Christ the King


Example of Dame Cecily Saunders, founder of the hospice movement or Rev Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans.


When I needed a neighbour.

Brother, sister let me serve you.

Cross over the road my friend.

Let there be loved shared among us. Peace is flowing like a river.

Love the Lord your God (Out of the Ark) Thank you for loving me (out of the Ark)

What could you do this week to show someone that you care about them?
29 Nov 2020


Mark 13:32-37

(Jesus tells his followers that they don’t know when he will return but they should be ready and alert).

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

(Paul is writing to the Christians in Corinth and his followers today to remind them of the range of benefits they enjoy from knowing Jesus).

Start of Advent.

Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. It is a time to remember the first coming of Jesus, when he was born as a baby in Bethlehem and to look forward to his second coming when everyone will recognise him and all injustice, sadness and suffering will cease.

Christians today live in the time between his first and second coming, but he has left with gifts to celebrate; grace, peace, knowledge of God, fellowship with Him and each other and gifts from the Holy Spirit.

(Muslims also believe that Jesus will return before the Day of Judgement)

AT L1-L4

CW during Advent could start with a trumpet fanfare, to herald the birth of Jesus and his forthcoming return.

LS (B) First Sunday of Advent


Children and students are already thinking about presents so you could build on this with the ‘presents’ of grace, peace, knowledge, fellowship and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as mentioned in the passage from 1 Corinthians.

Brother, sister, let me serve you.

Lo, he comes with clouds descending.

Give me oil in my lamp.

Soon and very soon.

What are you looking forwards to?

Why do Christians look forwards to celebrating the birth of Jesus?

6 Dec 2020 Isaiah 40:1-11

Isaiah prophesied 500+ years before the birth of Jesus. It was a dark period of history for the Jewish people, many were in exile in Babylon, but Isaiah brings them a message of hope.

Mark 1:1-8

John the Baptist was seen as a fulfilment of the prophecy in Isaiah. He was the forerunner, proclaiming the coming Messiah and deliverer, Jesus.


God promises hope


Christian hope is not wishful thinking, there is certainty because of faith in who God is and what he has done.

ST- The Herald (G3)

LS (B) – Second Sunday of Advent



Example of Sister Helen Prejean, whose faith inspired her to bring hope to prisoners on death row and families bereaved through murder.

Lord of all hopefulness.

In Christ alone.

Go tell it on the mountain.

God has promised.

Who do you know who is going through a tough time? What could you do to encourage or help them? Could you pray for them?


13 Dec 2020 Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11

The prophet Isaiah looks forward to a day of joy when sadness is replaced with rejoicing because of all that God has done.

John 1:6-8, 19-28

The Jewish people had eagerly awaited a messiah. John the Baptist’s ministry was to point towards Jesus, who was the light and source of joy to all who accepted him.

John the Baptist points to Jesus, the light of the world.

Bringing justice to our world.

CA – The Light of the World (41)

LS (B) – Third Sunday of Advent


Example of Martin Luther King how his faith inspired him to hope for a time when racial injustice would cease.


Example of Wangari Maathai, how her faith inspired her to encourage others to care for creation, work for environmental justice and those things that make for peace. She was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

We are walking in the light of God.

Like a candle flame.

Here I am to worship – Light of the world.

What would your ideal world look like? What could you do this week to help make a difference?

Christmas Day (I know we won’t be in school but I’m sure you are having Christmas services)






Christmas – The Incarnation (God in human flesh), Emmanuel (God with us)

Remember to think about how Christians celebrate Christmas in other parts of the world.

AT – Christmas L5

CA – Christmas in Kenya (48)

CA – Christmas in India (49)


The Diocese of London is partnered with churches in Angola and Mozambique (see resources on ALMA:


Cycle of Collective Worship based on the Anglican Lectionary B (Bible readings in church that week) Academic Year 2020/2021: SPRING TERM
You can download this document here

Week Beginning (colour is
for that Sunday in church)


(Taken from the Lectionary for the Sunday of that week)


(The current SIAMS framework has a greater focus on theology.)  

Suggestions for act of C/W


(Remember to think how your collective worship is an expression of your School Vision and how you will measure impact. Think about whether a suggested resource is suitable for your context)

See key for Primary Resources (end of document)

Suggested hymn or song

(Think about the words, can they be sung with integrity?)

Questions to take home

Also: See suggested resource – LEC DECK cards or app produced by the Diocese of Bath and Wells



3 Jan

(Epiphany celebrated on 6 January)

Isaiah 60:1-6

The prophet Isaiah was writing to the Jews in exile, not only looking forwards to a time when they would return but also to a time when the Gentiles (non-Jews) would arrive bringing gifts and honour.


Matthew 2:1-12

The arrival of the Magi is seen as a partial fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy. They bring gifts (gold – representing Jesus’ kingship, frankincense – his role as priest, frankincense is still used during prayer in some churches and myrrh – used to embalm bodies, foreshadowing Jesus’ death and sacrifice.) The star echoes the prophecy of light. 

All people are invited to worship Jesus.

The kingdom of God is for everyone.

SpT – The Wise Men (B3)

LS(B) – Epiphany

CWPS – Being Inclusive

CWPS – Follow the star

You could interview (pre-record) a church youth worker or member of the local clergy about how they were invited to worship God, why they decided to accept and what they did next.

The wise may bring their learning;

We three kings;

What does it feel like when you have found something you have been looking for?

How do you think the Magi (Wise Men) might have felt when they found Jesus? Why?

Who would you make the effort of going on a long journey to see? Why?

10 Jan 2021

Acts 19:1-12

On his missionary journey Paul travelled to Ephesus, in Turkey. He met with believers who had experienced John’s baptism of repentance. Paul then shared the message about Jesus with them and they were baptised and empowered by the Holy Spirit in their prayers and speaking God’s message. 


Mark 1:4-11

Jesus did not need to be baptised as he was sinless. Jesus’ baptism marks the start of his ministry. John was sent to call people to repentance and prepare the way for the coming Messiah. All three persons of the Trinity are present at the Baptism. John had baptised in water but Jesus the Messiah would baptise people with the Holy Spirit. .

The power of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life.

Baptism and forgiveness

Starting something new

ST – John the Baptist (G3)

LS(B) – The Baptism of Christ

AT- Forgiveness (G1)

People who have done great things to change the lives of others –

·       Lord Shaftesbury

·       Josephine Butler

·       Sojourner Truth

Spirit of God as strong as the wind

Lord I pray – forgiveness song (Out of the Ark)

Is there some area of your life you would like to see changed?

Who or what empowers you?

Do you need to forgive someone or ask for forgiveness for anything?

17 Jan

1 Samuel 3:1-10

Samuel’s mum had been childless but God answered her prayers and she gave birth to Samuel. She dedicated him to God’s work and when he was little he was taken to live at the Tabernacle (tent used for worship) with Eli the priest. It was here that Samuel heard God calling him but does not recognise his voice. Eli recognises that God is speaking to Samuel.


John 1:43-51

It is Nathanael’s friend, Philip who introduces him to Jesus. Nathanael is open to listen and respond to the words of Jesus. Fig trees were very dense and so you were hidden from sight if you sat under one. The reference to heaven being open and angels ascending and descending refers to a vision that one of the greats of the Old Testament, Jacob had had (Genesis 28:10-22, 35:1-15)

To explore what it means to hear God calling.

Listening well to others

AT – Nathanael E9

Rev Chad Varah – Founder of the Samaritans

I the Lord of sea and sky;

Brother, sister, let me serve you;

Be still for the presence of the Lord

How can you be a good listener? What do you do when you really listen to someone?

How do you think Christians listen to God?

24 Jan

Revelation 19:6-10 

When Jesus’ disciple, John, was an old man and in prison he had a vision of a wonderful celebration in heaven. The imagery is of a wedding feast. The Lamb (Jesus) is wedded to his bride (the Church).


John 2:1-11

Jesus’ first miracle in John’s Gospel is at a wedding where, shamefully, they have run out of wine. Jesus turns the water to wine and reveals something of his divinity. Jews at the time were looking forwards to a time when the Messiah would come and they would celebrate at a banquet in God’s presence.

Jesus’ first miracle at a wedding

John’s vision of heaven as a wedding feast.

LS(B) Third Sunday of Epiphany  KS3-5

Blessed be your name;

The Lord’s my shepherd;

There’s a place where the streets shine;

Have you ever been to a wedding/ What was the best bit?

Why do you think that John describes heaven as a wedding feast?

Do you wonder if there is something more than this life?

31 Jan

Psalm 111

Fear does not mean scared but rather it means to be awed. The Psalm provides reasons to worship God i) he thinks about how great God’s works are ii) His covenant love and provision iii) He can be relied on in all he says and does iv) He saves his people.


Mark 1:21-28

Jesus is seen as unique, with powerful teaching and authority over evil. He is able to free a man from evil and change his life. Everyone present was amazed and in awe. Jesus was showing his divinity as Jews believed that it was only God who had power over evil.

Jesus’ uniqueness, seen in his powerful teaching and authority over evil.

Awe and wonder at the creation

LS(B) Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

ST – The Lavoisiers, order in nature H1

ST – Kathleen Lonsdale, keep wondering H3  KS3-5

All things bright and beautiful;

Think of a world without any flowers;

What have you seen in nature that makes you go “Wow!”?

Have you ever known God’s unexpected provision?

Have you ever looked at the world and wondered whether there was a Creator?

7 Feb 2021

Colossians 1:15-20

One paraphrase of this passage begins, “No one has seen God but Jesus looks just like him!” Paul writes about how Jesus was present at creation and he is now the Lord of the new creation in the church.


John 1:1-14

Instead of starting his Gospel with the nativity story, John goes further back, beyond time. Jesus is the Word, God.  He is light and life, God became flesh and shared human life, bringing God’s grace and truth.

Explore what it means that Jesus is the Word of God


ST- Who am I? G7

LS(B) Second Sunday before Lent

CA – The light of the world (KS3-5) (KS3-5)

Living Lord;

The Church’s one foundation;

Meekness and Majesty;

This little light of mine;

There’s a light;

Bread of heaven (you are the living Word)

What three words would you like someone to use to describe you?

Who do you believe Jesus was? Why?


SpT – there are a series of assemblies called the path to Easter. They include:

Shrove Tuesday L2

Ash Wednesday L3

Lent L4

Lenten Sundays L5

CA – Goodbye Alleluia: giving up things for Lent

CA – Shrove Tuesday

21 Feb 2021


Start of Lent

Genesis 9:8-17

After the flood God made a Covenant promise with Noah and the whole of creation that had survived. God’s covenant promise is never to destroy the earth again with water and the sign of this promise is the rainbow.


1 Peter 3:18-22

Peter was writing to Christians who were being persecuted. He reminds them that through Jesus’ death on the cross they have been saved from their sins. Traditional Christian teaching is that in between the day that Jesus was crucified and his resurrection he went and preached the Good News to those who had died in the past, giving them an opportunity to respond to the message. Noah and his family had been saved by water in the ark. Baptism in water, as a symbol of God’s grace, points to God’s promise of ultimate salvation. The resurrected Jesus is a sign of this promise, an even better sign than a rainbow.

God keeps his promises

Being true to your word

AT – Promises C8

LS(B) – First Sunday of Lent

Amazing grace;

Great is your faithfulness;

Peace to you;

God has promised (Can you be sure);

Who put the colours in the rainbow?

What promises do you make?

Do you always keep your promises?

Why did God make a promise with Noah?

How do you feel when you see a rainbow?

28 Feb

Genesis 17:1-7,15,16

(Abraham was promised he would be the father of a great nation and yet he and his elderly wife were childless.) God confirmed his repeated promises to Abraham and expands upon them. Their relationship is based upon promise, not what Abraham can do for God but what God has promised Abraham. All Abraham has to do is believe. (Note: for Muslim students Abraham is known as the Prophet Ibrahim and Hagar and Ismail are the important figures rather than Sarah and Isaac, as in the Judeo-Christian narrative.)


Romans 4:13-25

Paul is writing to the Christians in Rome. In the previous three chapters he had shown that God doesn’t prefer one people group over another. Some people had thought that by following all the Old Testament laws they could make themselves right with God. Paul says this is not the case and he gives the example of Abraham, who had lived hundreds of years before the Law was given to Moses. God was pleased with Abraham because Abraham trusted in Him. Abraham’s descendants are those who trust in God too.

God keeps his promises to Abraham

God’s promise included all people

LS(B) – Second Sunday of Lent

Father God I wonder;

Father I place into your hands;

God has promised (Can you be sure);

Have you ever looked forwards to something and then been surprised that the reality was much better than you’d been expecting? How did you feel?

7 March 2021

Exodus 20:1-17

After Moses had led the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt they go through a number of events until they reach Mount Sinai where Moses receives God’s Law. This passage is referred to as the Ten Commandments but the following chapters contain many more laws. The first four laws are about the people’s relationship with God and the final six about their relationships with each other. Obeying the Law does not make them God’s people but keeping them are signs that they are.


Psalm 19

The Psalmist rejoices in God’s law. Some knowledge of God is found by looking at creation but further knowledge of God and his ways are found in his word. The law is not to be a burden because it brings knowledge of God, joy, truth and guides people into living well.

Reflect on the wonders of God and the goodness of his guidance for living.

Living well with others

36RTR – God gives humans rules to live by KS1-2  KS3-5   KS3-5

Amazing grace;

Great is your faithfulness;

Why do you think God gave people rules to live by?

Do you think people need rules? Why/why not?

14 March 2021


Mothering Sunday

1 Samuel 1:20-29

Hannah had been childless and in society at that time it brought shame as well as sadness. God answers her prayers for a child and she gave birth to a son, Samuel. In her gratitude to God, Hannah dedicated Samuel to God’s service and she sends him to serve God at the Tabernacle with Eli the priest.


Psalm 127

The Psalmist says that God is the source of well-being. It is no good excessively working and worrying. God is the one who gives good things to people.

Giving and receiving with gratitude.

SpT – Mothering Sunday L6

LS(B) – Mothering Sunday

CWPS – Mother’s Day, mums and carers  KS1-2   KS3-5

For the beauty of the earth;

Father God, I wonder;

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and king;

How does it feel when someone says ‘thank you’ to you?

Have you ever given someone a gift as a thank you? What did you give? Why?

Do you ever say thank you to God? Why? Why not?

21 March 2021

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet because he told his people that as a result of their continual disobedience and lack of trust in God that they would be taken into exile. However, there is hope of a new Covenant. God would focus on each person’s response to God and there would be forgiveness of sins.


John 12:20-33

Jesus makes the way for this new Covenant through his death on the cross. He makes many predictions of his death to his disciples but they frequently don’t understand. In this passage he speaks of himself as a seed falling to the ground and dying but in this process it brings new life. He also speaks of being lifted up, referring to the crucifixion. 

Jesus chose to suffer and give up his life.


LS(B) – Fifth Sunday of Lent

The example of:

Benjamin Keefe Clark – a chef who saved others in 9/11

Maximillian Kolbe – Auschwitz

The village of Eyam – during the Black Death

Make me a channel of your peace;

Cross over the road my friend;

When was the last time you did something that was self-less? Something that was good for another person or more but cost you something either in time, money or energy? How did it make you feel?

What do you think inspires others to act selflessly?

28 March 2021        


Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:5-11

Isaiah prophesied about the coming Servant-Messiah who would be beaten and abused. The servant sets his face like flint – showing he is determined to fulfil all God has planned for him, even though he knows it will be difficult and painful.


Mark 11:1-11

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem marks the start of Holy week which will culminate in his crucifixion. The crowd shout in praise as Jesus enters the city and he appears to fulfil the prophesies of the long-awaited Messiah. However, his arrival on a donkey shows that he will not be a military leader who will overthrow the Romans. Instead he shows himself to be a humble and gentle Messiah. His kingdom is not an earthly one.

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem

Facing the future with courage

Search: Palm Sunday; Easter series

SpT – Palm Sunday L7

LS(B) – Palm Sunday

SpT – Major Chris Keeble (I2)

See Palm Sunday in Mozambique and Angola ALMA (The Diocese of London and the Anglican churches in Mozambique are in partnership with each other)

Hosanna, hosanna;

Trotting, trotting, through Jerusalem;

Ride on, ride on in majesty;

Make way, make way.

When have you had to be courageous?

What or who gave you strength at that time?

How did you cope under pressure?

Do you think trusting in God helps people who are facing uncertainty? Why or why not?

1 April 2021

Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-5, 11-14


1 Corinthians 11:23-26


The importance of the Passover and Last Supper

SpT – Maundy Thursday L7

SpT -The Last Supper B9

36RTR – Jesus explains his death

Invite local clergy to explain the significance of the Last Supper to Christians and how Jesus’ words are remembered in the Eucharist.

Bread of heaven (you are the living Word)

Have you ever been to a Eucharist? What do you remember about the service?

What events do you like to remember in your household?

2 April 2021

Good Friday

Isaiah 52:13- end of ch.53

Isaiah words in these chapters are seen as prophesies about God’s servant who would be rejected and suffer.


John 18:1 – 19:42

John’s account of the death of Jesus

The suffering and purpose of Jesus’ death

SpT – Good Friday L9

CA – Good Friday: the Holly

36RTR – Jesus dies

Invite local clergy or a church youth worker to explain why they think Good Friday was good.

When I survey the wonderous cross;

There is a green hill far away;

Were you there?

What is good about Good Friday?

Why do you think Christians call the day they remember that Jesus died ‘Good Friday?’

4 April 2021


1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Paul is writing to Christians in Corinth to tell them about the events of the resurrection. Paul’s letter was written before the Gospel accounts.


Mark 16:1-8

Mark’s Gospel account of the resurrection. Mark was the first to write his account. It is believed that he relied on Peter as an eye-witness.

The effect of the resurrection on the first disciples

SpT – Easter Sunday L10

ST – A cross and a cave G10

CA – Easter in Cyprus

CA – Easter in Zaire

CA – Easter Sunday, the orange

LS(B) – Easter

36RTR – God shows his power over death

See Easter in Mozambique and Angola ALMA (The Diocese of London and the Anglican churches in Mozambique are in partnership with each other)

Thine be the glory;

Low in the grave he lay

Out of the Ark – Easter songs

What impact did Jesus’ resurrection have on the disciples?

The Church Year starts at Advent. In church different colours represent different seasons. You might want to use tablecloths in different colours in your collective worship to represent the time in the Church Year.

Penance and Preparation

Sacrifice, the Holy Spirit

Hope, Life and Growth

Joy and Celebration



No colour:


Purple is used for times of deep thinking and reflection. It is also sometimes used at adult funerals. Red is used for saints’ days who have died as martyrs and also represents the flame of the Holy Spirit. Green is used to represent quiet growth during the time between festivals and seasons. Gold used for special occasions. White represents purity (as opposed to sin which is scarlet). It often represents a season of celebration rather than a day. On these two days of the year the church is stripped bare of all decoration and flowers.
Used during Advent and Lent Pentecost/Whitsun

Martyr’s saints’ days

Used throughout Ordinary Time. Used for special days of celebration, such as Easter Day and Christmas Used in the seasons of Easter and Christmas and for saints who were not martyred. Good Friday and Holy Saturday


Primary resources for collective worship referenced in this overview:

AT COOLING, M.  Assemblies for Primary Schools Autumn Term.
SpT COOLING, M.  More Assemblies for Primary Schools Spring Term.
ST COOLING, M. More Assemblies for Primary Schools Summer Term.
CA COOLING, M. & WALKER, D. Cracking Assemblies
36 RTR LINGS, H. 36 Ready-to-read assemblies for collective worship
LS SAYERS, S. Living Stones Year A: Rocks
LS(B) SAYERS, S. Living Stones Year B: Rocks


Link to Capital Youth Cycle of Prayer: Scroll down to download from Capital Youth, includes prayers for LDBS Secondary Schools.