School Collective Worship Calendar

Cycle of Collective Worship based on the Anglican Lectionary B (Bible readings in church that week) Academic Year 2020/2021: SUMMER TERM

You can download an editable version of our Summer Term Cycle of Collective Worship 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)

Invitational; Inclusive; Inspiring         Impact 

Suggested hymn or song

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

Questions to take home: Growing Faith (perhaps they can be included in a weekly newsletter or on your website)

Also: See suggested resource –


11 April 2021

Acts 4:32-35

As a result of the first Christians belief in the resurrection their behaviour changed. 

John 20:19-31

Thomas, did not believe the other disciples, when they said that Jesus was alive. He wanted to see proof with his own eyes before he believed. (The Bible says, be merciful to those who doubt (Jude 22). 


Exploring the impact of the resurrection on the first disciples.

Belief and doubt

AT – Thomas

ST – The difficult word (faith) (F10)

LS(B) – Second Sunday of Easter (Primary)

Story of Nicky Cruz (impact of resurrection today, in a changed life)

 (Secondary) (Secondary)

Roll the stone away (Big start songs for cw)

Out of the Ark – Easter songs

Thine be the glory;

We are walking in the light of God

How do you think Thomas felt when he saw Jesus and had his doubts removed?

How would you describe Jesus’ attitude to Thomas? How did he react?

What do you believe in without actually having ever seen it?


Prayer Spaces in Schools: Big Questions – If you could ask God one question what would it be?

18 April 2021

Acts 3:12-19

Peter preached to the crowd after a lame man was healed. He said that the man was healed because of faith in Jesus, that Jesus was the one promised by God through the prophets but that he was killed but is alive.

Luke 24:36b-48

The disciples were scared and thought Jesus was a ghost when he appeared to them after the resurrection. Jesus proved to them that he’s not a ghost and explained to them that his death and resurrection were foretold.  

Understanding how the first disciples talked about the meaning of Jesus’ life


LS(B) – Third Sunday of Easter

ST – The difficult word (faith) (F10)

36 RTR – Peter acts in the Holy Spirit’s power (Primary)

Peter and John went to pray;

Go tell it on the mountain;

What a friend we have in Jesus;


Have you ever been scared when you first saw something you didn’t understand? (People fainted when they first saw escalators and trains!)

Why were the disciples sacred when they first saw Jesus?

Do you think Jesus rose from the dead?

25 April 2021

Psalm 23

This song was written by King David, who had been a shepherd as a boy. He knew what was needed to look after sheep and describes God in those same terms.

John 10:11-18

Jesus describes himself as a Good Shepherd, one who is willing to sacrifice himself for the sheep (people)

Exploring the image of Jesus as Good Shepherd

Caring for others

36 RTR – God’s care for humans

LS(B) – Fourth Sunday of Easter (Primary)

Story of Maximilian Kolbe – priest who gave his life for a stranger in Auschwitz

The Lord’s my shepherd;

The king of love my shepherd is;

Be bold, be strong

Have you ever seen a sheep up close or felt its fleece?

What qualities would a shepherd need to be a good shepherd?

What do you think Jesus meant when he said he was the Good Shepherd?

2 May 2021

1 John 4:7-21 

This letter to a group of Christians reminds them to love one another because God is love.

John 15:1-8

Jesus describes himself as a vine and his followers as branches. The ‘fruit’ should be evident in a believer’s life. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22-23)

Exploring the image of Jesus as the true vine and his followers as the branches

Fruits and values in your life

LS(B) Fifth Sunday of Easter

ST – Three circles (love) (F4) (Secondary)

God is love: His the care (hymn)

You are the vine, we are the branches;

Father God I wonder;

Send us on (Big start assemblies)

Ready to go (Big start assemblies)



If your friends or family had to describe you in three words which words would they chose?

What good things are you known for?

9 May 2021

(Ascension Day 13 May 2021)

1 John 5:1-6

Jesus’ followers love God by keeping his commands. They are commanded to love others as God has loved them.

John 15:9-17

Jesus’ love was sacrificial, his followers are called to love too.

Loved by God

The call to love others

ST – Ascension Day A1

CA -Ascension

36 RTR – God’s son’s time on earth ends

LS(B) – Sixth Sunday of Easter (Secondary)

The Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice is a public monument in Postman’s Park in the City of London(near St Paul’s Cathedral) has some good stories of self-sacrifice for others.

Send us on (Big start assemblies)

Let there be love shared among us;

Ready to go (Big start assemblies)

A new commandment I give unto you;

Brother, sister let me serve you;

Love the Lord your God (out of the Ark)

Who do you feel loved by?

How do you show love to others?

Who do you know who needs to know that you love and care for them?

16 May 2021

Psalm 1

This song speaks of the person who spends time meditating on God’s word and the difference it makes to their life.

John 17:6-19

Before Jesus was arrested, he prayed for his disciples. He prayed that they would be protected and that they would remain in the truth of God’s word.

Exploring how Jesus prayed for his followers


Ask someone from your local church to talk about what being able to pray means to them. Perhaps they could give an example of an answered and unanswered prayer.

LS(B) – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Father I place into your hands;

Father hear the prayer we offer;

Have you ever prayed? What did you pray about?
Do you think that God answers prayer? Why/why not?

Why did Jesus pray? Do you think praying is important?

23 May 2021


Whit Sunday

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Ezekiel was a prophet who lived in Babylon after the Jewish people had been taken into exile there and the Temple in Jerusalem ad been destroyed. The Jewish people felt as if all hope for the future had gone, the people were feeling like dry bones. Ezekiel saw a valley of dry bones. He prophesied to the bones, which reformed and then he prophesies that God’s Spirit would breathe new life into them.

Acts 2:1-21

After Jesus had risen and returned to heaven the disciples followed Jesus’ instruction to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. On the day of Pentecost (a Jewish feast) the Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples and, like the dry bones coming alive again, they receive new life and power to share God’s love and message. This marks the beginning of the church. 

The celebration of Pentecost (look at how Pentecost is celebrated by Christians around the world

ST – Pentecost A2

CA – Pentecost

LS(B) Pentecost

36 RTR – God’s power comes to his followers (Primary) (Secondary) (Secondary)

O God of burning, cleansing flame;

Breathe on me breath of God;

Give me oil in my lamp;

Spirit of God as strong as the wind;

Have you ever felt like you had lost hope? What happened?

Who was the last person to encourage you? What did they say or do to give you hope?

How can you bring hope to someone you know?

6 June 2021

1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20

After the Jewish people had re-entered the land of Israel they were led by Judges who God had appointed. After some time they came to Samuel and asked to be ruled by a King instead, so they could be like other nations. Samuel told them the downside of having a King but the people insisted this was what they wanted.

Mark 3:20-35

Jesus’ family wanted him to conform to living as an eldest son was supposed to. Instead Jesus choses the path that was God’s will for him.

Making good choices.

Doing the right thing/moral courage

SpT – The village that kept a secret (I4)

ST – Snakes and ladders (B2)

LS(B) – Proper 5 (Secondary)

Stand up (Big start assemblies)

Ready to go (Big start assemblies)

Guide me O thou great redeemer;

When have you found it difficult to do the right thing?

What could you do when others put pressure on you to do the wrong thing?

Have you ever asked God to help you when you feel tempted to do the wrong thing?

Have you ever asked God to guide you when you have made a decision?

13 June 2021

Psalm 92:1-4,12-15

God’s kingdom will increase, good will flourish.

Mark 4:26-34

Jesus tells two parables about the Kingdom of God. God’s kingdom grows secretly. It starts small (like a mustard seed) and grows big (like a tree). People are welcome to join (like the birds in the tree).

God’s kingdom grows from small to big, everyone is welcome to join.


LS(B)- Proper 6

CWPS – Planting seeds (Secondary) (Secondary)

How great thou art;

What is the smallest thing you have ever seen? What is the largest?

What evidence would you expect to see if God’s kingdom was growing on earth? Where have you seen these things?

Plant some mustard seeds and watch them grow.

20 June 2021

Job 38:1-11

Job had everything and then lost it, family, wealth and health, yet he hung onto his faith in God. God speaks to Job from the storm in poetic language about his power over all creation.

Mark 4:35-41

The disciples faith was challenged as Jesus slept in the boat as the storm raged around them. However Jesus was there with them and was able to calm the storm.

Trusting God in times of trouble.

Facing troubles in life

CA – The ship

LS(B) – Proper 7

CWPS – Superheroes

Sieger Koder “Be calm!”- Image of Jesus asleep in the boat while the disciples are frantic. Who in the image are you like in a storm?— (Secondary)

Stand up (Big start assemblies)

Our God is a great big God;

What a friend we have in Jesus;

Be still for the presence of the Lord;

Amazing grace; With Jesus in the boat we can smile at the storm

What do you fear the most?

What does the story of the calming of the storm tell you about Jesus?

What would it take to fully rely on Jesus?

27 June 2021

Lamentations 3:22-33

The prophet Jeremiah wrote Lamentations as he grieved over the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem. Even as he grieved, he recognised that God was compassionate, faithful, and merciful.

Mark 5:21-43

Jesus performs two miracles, the healing of a woman with a gynaecological condition and also raises a 12 year old girl from the dead. Both the dead girl and the bleeding woman would have been shunned as ritually unclean. Jesus responded to and accepted all.

God is always there

Helping those in need

LS(B) – Proper 8

CWPS – Family (Secondary)

Give, give, give (Big start assemblies)

Sam Cooke- Touch the hem of his garment;

When I needed a neighbour;

Brother, sister let me serve you;

Let there be love shared among us

What challenges have you experienced?

What difference does it make to know God is compassionate and faithful?

4 July 2021

Ezekiel 2:1-5

God called Ezekiel to be a prophet and yet God immediately warned him that people will not listen to him, even though they know he is a prophet.

Mark 6:1-13

People who have known Jesus as he grew up could not accept him. When Jesus sends out the disciples to spread the message of the kingdom of God, they also face rejection and disbelief.

Challenge in bringing God’s word to reluctant hearers

Perseverance, listening

Ask someone from your local church about ways they have shared the good news about Jesus in their community.

LS(B) – Proper 9

I the Lord of sea and sky;

God has promised;

Have you ever felt like no one was listening to you? What happened?

How can you be a good listener? What do you need to do?

11 July 2021

Amos 7:7-15

A plumb-line is used to measure a straight line. The prophet Amos says that God has ‘measured’ the people of Israel and they were found wanting. Amos distanced himself from those who called themselves prophets but had not been speaking the truth.

Mark 6:14-29

John the Baptist was beheaded for proclaiming God’s values. John’s message caused Herodias public embarrassment, due to her relationships with Herod and his brother.

Personal cost to those who speak God’s truth

Standing up for what is right

The work of Open Doors (the cost of being a follower of Jesus in countries where this is difficult) (check out the resources)

ST – Life in the pond (46)

LS(B) – Proper 10

Stand up (Big start assemblies); 

Be thou my vision;

Make me a channel of your peace;

When have your friends helped you in times of need?

Have you ever stood up for someone else when they needed your help?

18 July 2021

Jeremiah 23:1-6

In Biblical times the shepherd led from the front, guiding the sheep, and protecting them, even protecting them with his life. The prophet Jeremiah prophecies against the nation’s bad shepherds (leaders). God is the ultimate shepherd.

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Jesus recognised the needs of the sheep (people). He had compassion for them and made himself available, ministering to their needs. 


God as shepherd

The shepherd as a model leader.

LS(B) – Proper 11–qualities (Secondary – you may wish to add some female examples of leaders to their suggestions!)

The Lord’s my shepherd;

Jesus’ hands were kind hands;

When I needed a neighbour;

God is love, his the care

When have you felt compassion for someone?

What makes a good leader?

What makes a bad leader?

How can you be a good shepherd to others?


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.