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You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:14-16


Our school motto, let your light shine, comes from the words spoken to us by Jesus at the sermon on the mount (Matthew's Gospel). Jesus explains that when we let our light shine, others will see and will give glory to our Father in heaven.


Worship at Parbold Douglas is all about giving glory to our Father in heaven:


  • We explore scripture and learn so that we are better equipped to take action and let the light of Jesus shine through us.
  • We praise God and give thanks.
  • We listen to and talk to God through prayer, stillness and reflection. 


Collective worship is the most important part of our day as a school family. Worship is inclusive, invitational and inspiring.


Inclusive: Worship is wide-ranging and varied in style. Our use of music and song includes a blend of traditional hymns, lively modern worship music and Taizé prayer chants. Many songs include actions, providing inclusivity for younger pupils. We discuss other faiths and worldviews as part of worship - for example, we learnt about Diwali and considered the importance of 'light' as a symbol to Hindus, as well as Christians. 


Invitational: We use language carefully in collective worship to ensure it is both invitational and welcoming. We support children to engage with worship in their own way, ensuring it is suited to their spiritual development journey.  


Inspiring: We want children to walk away from worship with fresh energy and a renewed motivation to do good (so that they may 'let their light shine'). Worship often feels like a celebration! We want everyone in our school family to feel the deep joy of communicating with God.


Our ethos group (Footstep Followers) contribute to the leadership of worship and have been involved in leading Church services in school (click here to learn more).


Children and adults contribute to the ongoing evaluation and improvement of collective worship to ensure that it meets our goals.