Daily School Worship?

From the BBC News website:

Children at Mile Oak Primary School near Brighton

Many state schools in England are not providing group worship, despite legislation making it a requirement, a survey suggests.

The Comres survey for BBC local radio found 64% of the 500 parents questioned said their child did not attend daily acts of collective worship.

But 60% of the 1,743 adults asked said the legislation should not be enforced.

Some schools were opting to teach pupils about community rather than religion, said educationalists.

The Department for Education states that all maintained schools in England must provide a daily act of collective worship which must reflect the traditions of this country, which it says are, in the main, broadly Christian.

So it seems that schools are in the firing line again, but not due to failing maths, or English. Its due to some of them not providing a daily act of worship.

Now. I’m not what to think of this. While on one hand I do like the idea of schools and particulary “Christian” schools being open to a Christian message, I’m also very aware of how dull and boring some assemblies were – that I remember sleeping in. Some I simply avoided altogether…  Deciding just to hide around the school.

With that in mind, I did once go to “The Eucharist” to avoid having to go to an assembly…


Where do you stand on this?

Should schools do more to have a daily time of worship?

Should Christians be more worried about the worship time being relevant?

Should we simply not care?

Weekly RoundUp: The Busy Edition

Busy… busy week in the blog world this week:

  • Jesus Needs New PR gets upset… but to be honest, I didn’t even finish watching the video in question…
  • The “Church” discussion continues at The Big Bible.
  • @bigdaddywhale asks a question
  • Did you know that youth pastors aren’t real missionaries?
  • David Keen wonders if The Doctor gets religion?
  • Mike Peatman has been blogging on his Greenbelt memories
  • … and finally… Want to see more from the churchsofa?  Andesmedia looks at social media / digital world, as well as looking at other projects we may get involved with.  Its very early days, but please shout if something doesn’t seem to be working!

What is “The Grace”

Every now and then in Church circles, people may hear the words “The Grace” used. Now “The Grace” may refer to one of a few different options:

  1. A prayer that people say before eating food. The length of this prayer varies depending on how thankful they are, and how much longer they can wait before eating.
  2. That hot lass down the road.
  3. The part of the service where people stand and look around smiling at each while saying the following prayer based on 2 Corinthians Chapter 13

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all,
now and evermore.

No its (probably) not written down anywhere …

Bible Reading in Exeter

Well heres something for the local Exeter lot; Church in Exeter – in hand with Biblefresh and the Cathedral are planning to put on a Bible-reading marathon:

Bible Reading Marathon photo

3 September 2011As part of celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, a Bible-reading marathon is to take place in central Exeter.

Churches from across Exeter are taking part in the event, which forms part of the Biblefresh initiative, a project promoting the Bible in events across the UK this year.

The public reading of 100 texts from Genesis to Revelation will take place from 8am on September 3rd on a stage at the West Front of Exeter Cathedral. Seating will be provided and the day begins with bacon butties served at 8am and ends with hot dogs available from 6pm.

The texts have been carefully selected by Scripture Union, as part of their E100 project, and offer a journey through the main storyline of the Bible. Free copies of St Luke’s Gospel will be handed out to those listening, as will E100 programmes to encourage people to continue their reading.

Diocesan Missioner the Revd Canon Anna Norman-Walker, speaking on behalf of Churches Together Across Exeter, says, “We want to celebrate that for 400 years ordinary people in this country have been able to read an authorised version of the Bible in their own language. This Big Story has transformed millions of lives and inspired people to live lives of generosity and sacrifice as a result – something we need more than ever in these days.

We hope that, as a result of this celebration, some listeners will feel inspired to give the Bible a go!”


I’m presuming the “West Front of the Cathedral” is the Cathedral Green. But I’m sure if you wonder around enough, you’ll find it.

From what I’ve heard it should be more then simply 100 readings, with a few churches planning to try and do something different with their passages. But I suppose that may change between now and then.

I’m planning to be there during the late morning, so if you see me, please feel free to come up to me and say “You’re ThatAndy from TheChurchSofa, and I claim my prize*”

*”The prize” might just be a handshake…