Collective worship can still happen in schools, even with home learning. If you haven't been in touch with your local schools do send them an email or give them a call to encourage them. There are several ways schools can run collective worship depending on how they are providing home learning. But offering collective worship is a combination of what they need and what you can offer.
If you have several schools in your area, it may be that a pre-recorded video that is sent out (or a link to it) is the most realistic and schools can add it to their home learning platform and show key worker children in school.
If you have fewer schools then you may be able to offer a more tailored offering. This might still be pre-recorded or it may be live during an online class.
It may be offering this resource for them to lead collective worship without having to have planned it themselves. Do offer encouragement and support for this. You may add a short video of you leading a part of it.
Five collective worship sessions are being written for you to use and adapt as you wish. Depending on how often you are leading collective worship, you may offer one a week or choose the one that most connects with your area.
Triumphal Entry: Humility of Jesus (Luke 19-28-40)
The Last Supper and the agony in the garden: Humanity/humility and Hardship/heralding (Luke 22:17-23, 39-46)
Good Friday: Hopelessness (Matthew 27:32-56)
Holy Saturday: Waiting and wondering (Luke 24:1-12)
Easter Sunday: Hope and happiness (Matthew 28:1-10)
Children exist beyond school, so this resource has been written to tie in with the stations of the cross and other resources, each adding something different. It is a fantastic opportunity to invite families and children into exploring more for themselves. A few ways you could do this are:
Run the community trail and mention it in your collective worship/ask if it go into the newsletter. Perhaps the school would like to host one of the stations?
Share the 'At home' resource either by inviting them to participate through a group you are running or by sharing the link. It shares the same story but with the focus of the emotions running through it.
Have a few questions or a response idea that can be sent with the collective worship for families to explore and think more deeply or in different ways together.
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