The Diocese of Ely Education Directorate

Acts of Worship

Education Sunday is 10th September this year – how will you celebrate with your local church? National materials can be found here.

Collective Worship Collections 

See below for a School Year of Collective Worship based on the Lectionary

Pray together across the Diocese – Autumn 2017

Collective Worship Materials on Cambridgeshire’s Link with Vellore, South India



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 2017

3/9/2017 Proper 17 A New Beginning
10/9/17 Proper 18  Building Community   This is also Education Sunday, and collective worship resources for this can be found online
17/9/2017 Proper  19 Is it easy or hard to forgive people?
24/9/2017 Proper  20 Is that FAIR?                                                                                
1/10/2017 Proper  21 Puzzling Proverbs                                                         
8/10/2017 Proper  22 Pressing on towards the prize                                                                          
15/10/2017 Proper  23 Changing Lives                                                        

Half Term

29/10/2017 Proper  25  Questions and Answers
5/11/2017 4th Sunday before Advent Choosing a leader                                                                
12/11/2017 Remembrance Sunday and 3rd Sunday before Advent The Bridesmaid’s Mistake                                                        
19/11/2017 2nd Sunday before Advent The Parable of the Talents                                                     
26/11/2017 Sunday before Advent How are people different from each other?                                                                   
3/12/2017 Advent Sunday Why are we waiting?                                                                                                      
10/12/2017 Advent 2 He is coming!
17/12/2017 Advent 3  God’s Messenger                                                        


Spring Term 2018

31/12/2017 First after Christmas  The Christmas Message
7/1/2018 First after Epiphany  It’s what’s on the inside that counts
14/1/2018 Epiphany 2 Doesn’t he speak funny?
21/1/2018 Epiphany 3  Jesus goes to a wedding
28/1/2018 Epiphany 4   Don’t lead others astray
4/2/2018 Epiphany 5  Take time to pray and reflect

Half Term        Ash Wednesday is 14th February – Lent begins

18/2/2018 Lent 1  The Rainbow  People of God
25/2/2018 Lent 2  Name calling
4/3/2018 Lent 3   It makes me so ANGRY                                                        
11/3/2018 Lent 4  A caring mother                                                                                           
18/3/2018 Lent 5 The message of the grain of wheat
25/3/2018 Palm Sunday  Palm Sunday                                                                                                                                           

Summer Term  2018

15/4/2018 Easter 3 Taking the Christian message to India
22/4/2018 Easter 4 A Good Shepherd
29/4/2018 Easter 5 All about plants
6/5/2018 Easter 6 Friends or Servants
13/5/2018 Easter 7  I like to be liked
20/5//2018 Pentecost  Pentecost

Half Term

3/6/2018 Proper 4  Listen carefully!
10/6/2018 Proper 5  Why can’t I see it?
17/6/2018 Proper 6  Look inside not outside
24/6/2018 Proper  7  Anyone can make a difference
1/7/2018 Proper  8  Missed opportunities
8/7/2018 Proper  9 Going on a journey                                                                          
15/7/2018 Proper  10 Getting things straight
22/7/2018 Proper  11 Are you like Mary or Martha?

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 colour for Propers is green, because this is a “growing time” of learning and embedding teaching.  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 in any way.