Religious Life at Churchmead
Twice a week, students attend a school assembly which contains an act of Collective Worship. The SMSC theme of the week is planned for the academic year ahead. Each assembly is led by a member of staff, normally in the form of a presentation and students will lead in school prayer along with other readings. On all other days, there is worship for each Year group or House before lessons commence.
Our Worship Committee compromising of students and staff meet once a term to review, discuss and plan the Religious Life of our school, and find ways to develop our Christian character. Various topics such as whole school worship, prayer spaces, school values, development of school prayer, charitable work and whole school projects are all part of the themes during each meeting.
Staff Prayer meeting
Every Wednesday, the Headteacher hosts a staff prayer meeting in his office. This is a quiet time to reflect and pray for our staff, students, community and those in need.
Churchmead School Chapel
Our new school chapel is in its final stages of completion and we are looking forward to its consecration by Bishop Alan and Father Darcy before we open the doors to all.
The Chapel will represent the beating heart of the school and will be a special place for smaller groups of worship. In Chapel we will pause from the rush of the hectic term: to listen, to reflect, to think, to broaden our perspectives from the inevitably inward focused and preoccupations of school life. Eyes and hearts are encouraged not only to look in, but to look out and up.
Chaplaincy in School
We are currently in the process of developing a Chaplaincy service here at Churchmead.
A Chaplain is there for all staff, students, parents, Governors and the wider community in which the school serves, regardless of an individual’s faith or belief.
The aim of a Chaplain is to:-
· Support the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of students and staff
· Offer opportunities to worship and to explore the Christian faith
· Find ways to encourage creativity, curiosity and ‘poetic imagination’ as ways to find what’s meaningful and spiritually rewarding in our lives
· Support those in established faith journeys to grow and develop their spiritual life
· Offer prayer and spiritual guidance to groups and individuals
· Support the school as a place where staff and students feel cared for and safe.
· Build a bridge between the school and church, and between the school and the wider community, including other denominations and faith communities
Datchet St Mary’s Church
Churchmead has strong links with Datchet St Mary’s Church situated a stone’s throw away from the school and within the heart of the village. Fr. Darcy Chesterfield-Terry from the church is a School Governor and regular visitor to the school where he takes worship, meets with our students and assists in upholding our Christian beliefs. As a whole school, we also hold our annual Easter and Christmas service at the Church