Collective Worship

Collective Worship takes place every day in our school. Once every half term Collective Worship takes place in our church of St John's The Evangelist. Each Friday our Collective Worship service invites all members of the community to join us in school at 2.45pm as we celebrate our lives, loves and achievements. Our services are vibrant, fun and enjoyable and if you would like to join us on any occasion you would be most welcome. Please ask at the school office for times and locations of services.

Often our pupils will contribute to Collective Worship by writing a prayer, choosing a hymn or suggesting a theme. Some of our older pupils organise collective worship by planning a service in it's entirety. Please look below to see some of their recent contributions:


We decorated our Collective Worship reflection board with a collaborative piece of artwork. Every child in school designed a handprint, with designs reflecting what Collective Worship means to them. Some children drew pictures of people who take part in Collective Worship, some children wrote words to describe how Collective Worship makes them feel. Some of the older children used their hands to write prayers about things of importance to them. 

During January, we celebrated the first birthday of our Federation with Thurstonland and Farnley Tyas Schools. Our theme for Collective Worship during this time was 'Working Together'. We used our Collective Worship reflection board to think of some ways that we can work together and help others. 

In January, it was some of Class 1's turn to work with Reverend Joyce. The children wrote prayers to read out during our Collective Worship service in church. 

During advent, we created our own advent wreath for use during Collective Worship. We added advent candles with dedications on, asking God for help and support for people in need. During each Collective Worship session, we chose some of the candles to include in our prayers. 

Collective Worship at St John's Church - November 2016

Our Harvest Festival Service took place in church on Friday 21st October 2016. Parents and the community were invited to join us for our celebration. The whole school took part in a re-telling of The Enormous Turnip and the congregation were encouraged to join in, too. Prayers were read by the children and everyone joined in with the hymns chosen by the school. We made donations to the Women's Refuge Centre in Huddersfield. 

Our Ethos and Worship Committee planned and delivered a wonderful outdoor Collective Worship Service in September that told the story of Adam and Eve to tie in with the theme of new beginnings.

Here are some of our children working with Reverend Joyce to write prayers to be read during Collective Worship. 

We said goodbye to our Year 5 leavers in July with a special service in church. The children spoke fondly of their memories of Denby. They were presented with a Bible and a photograph album documenting their time at school.