Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2
Collective worship forms a natural and important part of the life of St Martin's and every day we begin with a true sense of our spiritual dimension. Collective worship gives everyone involved the experience of participating in Christian worship and helps to foster their spiritual and moral development. Our worship is inclusive and enables those of other faiths or no faith to participate.
Format for whole school collective worship:
A similar four-part model of worship is followed in Year and Tutor collective worship time. Please refer to the Collective Worship Year Plan (below) for further details.
The liturgical year provides a structure for our school and church services. It is divided into following seasons:
The season of Advent marks the start of the Christian year, and is a season of expectation and preparation as the Church looks forward to celebrating the birth of Christ.
Christmas is much more than simply the celebration of Jesus' birth: it reminds us of the central truth of 'the word becoming flesh and dwelling among us' (John 1.14) We mark the Christmas season in our whole school collective worship and end of term church service.
We mark the beginning of the season of Epiphany in our whole school collective worship. The week of Prayer for Christian Unity falls appropriately in the Epiphany season.
Ash Wednesday marks the start of observation of Lent and we mark this with our Ash Wednesday service. We mark Holy week with a whole school collective worship and depending on the term dates, we also have a Maundy Thursday Service. As part of our Lent reflection, we take part in Stewardship's 40ACTS.
The season of Easter is celebrated culminating in the feast of Pentecost.
The following services are held during the school year and on special occasions:
Beginning of school year church service
St Martin's Day Eucharist church service
Christingle Service (in school)
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols church service
Ash Wednesday service held in school
Easter Eucharist church service
Founder's Day Eucharist Service at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, during the summer term or held at Holy Trinity
A church service is held at the end of each term
At Eucharist/Communion services, students are invited to receive communion if they usually do so in their own churches, alternatively students are invited to receive a blessing. Students may be withdrawn from Collective Worship and/or Religious Education with written parental request.