Special Primary Assembly Bishop of Oxford

22nd May 2020

Very Special Collective Worship

To fit with our 'virtual visitors' theme for this term's collective worship, I am delighted to post a very special assembly that has been recorded by the Oxford Diocese Board of Education for all the primary schools and communities in their care. There are pupils from across the diocese taking part and it is being led by the Bishop of Oxford.  Please see the information below to access the assembly. 

We are delighted to offer you this first ever on-line School Assembly featuring The Bishop of Oxford to every school in the Diocese of Oxford. This is for individual pupils from all schools in the Diocese, but there is also a very warm invitation to pupil’s siblings, parents or other family members also to take part, to watch and to enjoy.

The Assembly will be live-streamed at 10.30am on FRIDAY 22nd May on Facebook and YouTube – please just click on the appropriate link below. However, it can also be accessed by the Vimeo  link below, so that pupils can engage with it tomorrow morning at a time which works best for you.  

Primary - https://vimeo.com/420854893/bad5d893a1

The theme of the assembly is COURAGE, which Bishop Steven picks up on in his talk, and the assembly starts with a time of stilling and CONTEMPLATION; both of these themes tie in with the vision of the Church of England in Oxford Diocese to be more Contemplative, Compassionate and Courageous.

The Stilling involves active participation where possible, and pupils should be encouraged to sit somewhere comfortably but upright and to follow the Bishop’s lead as he guides us through a short time of meditation and contemplation. 

The Bishop of Oxford develops the theme of Courage by exploring the powerful bible text of David and Goliath, and he will be considering some of the challenges that we all face during Lockdown, as well as considering some of the strategies that Christians have found helpful, over 1000s of years. The Bishop also shows off his impressive Lockdown Lego Challenge to build a model of his house.

The short Assembly ends with a song  - a version of the famous Psalm 23 The Lord’s my Shepherd – which has been produced by a school worship band from Waddesdon School. We encourage pupils to sing along with this at home if they would like to.

There is also an invitation at the end of Bishop Steven’s talk to create something that represents courage, something that helps you to be strong, and have a big heart.

If you would like to take a photo of that and send it to the Diocese, then we will try to make these into some sort of slideshow or collage for all our schools to see. Please just send entries to this dropbox link :    https://www.dropbox.com/request/4aOsYmpKea2KjlWzvP46