Collective Worship Collections
See below for a School Year of Collective Worship based on the Lectionary
The index to all acts of collective worship on this site includes all previous acts of worship on the three year lectionary cycle.
Autumn Term 2016
Spring Term 2017
Summer Term 2017
Introduction to the Collective Worship Plan (above)
The Church of England Lectionary is divided into three years of Bible readings (Years A, B and C) which follow on from each other in a continuous cycle. Each new Church Year begins with Advent Sunday which falls at the end of November or the beginning of December, four Sundays before Christmas Day.
On each Sunday three readings are designated for use; usually one from the Old Testament, one from the Epistles and one from the Gospels. In each of the suggested acts of collective worship above the author has taken one of these three designated readings as their theme (except when a significant Christian feast day falls on a day within that week, when the readings for this day may have been used instead of the Sunday readings).
By using the suggestions above regularly, your school will be able to follow the pattern of readings which will be taking place in your local parish church, week by week, over the whole of the Church’s Year. The dates given in the index are all Sundays. The colour on the chart is the appropriate colour of the Church’s year (with yellow representing white or gold) – this will allow you to theme your hall for worship e.g. a coloured cloth for the worship table.
Of course, you may chose to use some of the collective worship ideas at other times of the year, to fit in with your existing themed programme. The short titles beside each date will allow you to select those subjects of interest to you.
These materials were originally devised to be stand alone, but as several schools are using the lectionary suggestion given here to set their theme for the week we include suggestions of other Bible stories on a similar theme to the original reading at the bottom of each act of worship. These are entirely optional.
FAQ -Why are some weeks called “Proper”?
This is nothing that the school needs to worry about as far as its collective worship is concerned. A Proper is simply another name for the 33 or 34 Sundays each year which do not fall in a festival period but are “Ordinary Time”. Most of these fall over the school Summer Holidays, but you will see “Propers” occurring particularly at the beginning and end of the academic year, where they are usually counting down to the next main festival. The method of counting Propers is quite complex and can vary from Church to Church, but here on this website they are being used by the authors simply to maintain the integrity of the three year rolling plan and should not affect school practice.