Liturgical Prayer celebrates God’s presence in everything we do, so that praise, honour and thanksgiving may be given to Him. Collective worship invites us to enter a loving relationship with God, made possible by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. At St Thomas More’s we believe that our liturgical prayer supports our pupils in developing their own personal relationship with God. We invite them to respond to his word personally or collectively, using thought, word or reflection. The children regularly participate in masses, assemblies and class liturgies, where parents are invited to share in these forms of worship with us. Weekly liturgical singing is supported by our school chaplain from Oaklands, our local Secondary school, extending our wider Catholic family.
Each classroom is equipped with a prayer table, which provide a focal point during daily prayer and are themed to be in keeping with the liturgical seasons. We pray at least three times throughout the day.
At St Thomas More’s we are fortunate to have our chapel for our children and staff to take a quiet moment to speak with God. They may write down their prayers to share, or simply use it as a place for reflection. Our chapel is also open for prayer, to our families before and after school. The chapel is decorated to reflect the current liturgical season.
Throughout our school, we encourage children to offer prayers at dedicated prayer stations, which allow children of different ages to get closer to God in age appropriate ways. A community prayer station is also available to our school visitors in our entrance foyer.
An open space for any personal prayer intentions that can be added to our liturgy, masses and personal prayer moments. We understand the power of prayer in our school community.