The Diocese of Ely Education Directorate

Acts of Worship

Collective Worship Collections 

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

Pray together across the Diocese – Summer 2017

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

Education Sunday Collective Worship for the New School Year


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

4/9/2016 Proper 18   A Detective Story
11/9/2016 Proper  19 What do you demonstrate?     This is also Education Sunday
18/9/2016 Proper  20 About Prayer                                                                                         
25/9/2016 Proper  21 Caring for Others                                                                                 
2/10/2016 Proper  22 It’s not easy to be a Christian                                                          
9/10/2016 Proper  23 Living with Leprosy                                                                            
16/10/2016 Proper  24 It’s not my fault! – Wisdom                                                            

Half Term

30/10/2016 Proper  26 Life Changing Moments -Zacchaeus
6/11/2016 All Saints All Saints and All Souls                                                                
13/11/2016 Remembrance Sunday Remembrance                                                          
20/11/2016 Sunday before Advent Christ the King                                                         
27/11/2016 Advent Sunday Change for Peace                                                                   
4/12/2016 Advent 2 Peace                                                                                                       
11/12/2016 Advent 3 Precious Advent
18/12/2016 Advent 4  What’s in a Name – Emmanuel                                                         


Spring Term 2017

1/1/2017 First after Christmas  Jesus the Refugee
8/1/2017 First after Epiphany  The Baptism of Christ
15/1/2017 Epiphany 2 Follow the Leader
22/1/2017 Epiphany 3  A Powerful Guiding Light
29/1/2017 Epiphany 4  Thank God for Parties!
5/2/2017 Epiphany 5  Candlemas

Half Term

19/2/2017 Epiphany 7  Choices and Right Decisions
26/2/2017 Last Sunday before Lent  The Transfiguration
5/3/2017 Lent 1   Don’t do that!                                                          
12/3/2017 Lent 2   Sacrifices                                                                                              
19/3/2017 Lent 3  Water of Life
26/3/2017 Lent 4 Mothering Sunday                                                                                                                                             

Summer Term  2017

16/4/2017 Easter Easter
23/4/2017 Easter 2 Who do you believe? (Doubting Thomas)
30/4/2017 Easter 3 “Doing a U.E. for God”
7/5/2017 Easter 4  Building Communities
14/5//2017 Easter 5  Cornerstones
21/5//2017 Easter 6  Rogation

Half Term

4/6/2017 Pentecost   The Big Birthday Party
11/6//2017 Trinity Sunday   Trinity
18/6/2017 Proper 6  Hospitality (and a special gift)
25/6/2017 Proper  7  Trust in God
2/7/2017 Proper  8  Commitment and an Enormous Puzzle
9/7/2017 Proper  9   Be Yourself!                                                                              
16/7/2017 Proper  10  Words Words Words

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.