St Joseph's Catholic Infant School

St Joseph's Catholic Infant School

Prayer and Worship

 

 

Dear St Joseph,

Help us to love and care,

To be gentle and fair.

Help us to work and play together,

Help us to live and grow together,

To be always glad to help each other,

Happy in your loving care.

Amen

Prayer time at St Joseph’s provide opportunities for spiritual growth and development through participation in a variety of forms of worship and all forms of prayer – formal, informal, spontaneous, private, shared, petitionary and meditative.

We aim to help the children value and respect the power of prayer and to use it to help strengthen the children’s relationship with God.

We want to be a praying community.  It is important for children to know the ‘formal’ prayers of the church which we may all pray together and which we all hear and say with the parish / family communities outside school.

We also value ‘formal’ prayers which have been written especially for children and which hold meaning for them.  With these two aspects in mind, we aim to teach particular prayers to the children.

Children are encouraged to develop their individual prayer life through daily participation in collective worship, grace before meals and afternoon prayer.

Prayer does not only mean ‘formal’ prayers.  We do hope to help each other to listen to God speaking to us and to respond in our hearts and minds during moments or stillness, reflection and silence.

We also encourage prayer writing by the children themselves.St Joseph's Prayer Garden

 

Each class has a prayer area which provides a focus for prayer in the classroom.  Opportunities for prayer arise often from the ‘Come and See’ scheme, but particularly during the ‘Respect’ and ‘Rejoice’ sections.

 

At St Joseph’s, the children are taught to know by heart the following prayers:

The Sign of The Cross

The Lord’s Prayer

The Hail Mary

Grace Before Meals

Afternoon Prayer
 
During Year 2, children become familiar with and are encouraged to learn:

Praying of the Rosary

Responses to the Mass

The Guardian Angel Prayer

 

Please click here to see our handbook for parents  "Helping your Child to know God".

 

 

 

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