As a community we create many opportunities throughout the day and school year for prayer. This includes staff prayers at the start of the week where we are blessed by staff members representing a wonderful cross section of church backgrounds. We regularly communicate together prayer needs for the school, individual students and our local community. We also encourage students to write individual and group prayers and to use these in our assemblies and worship services. These prayers have revealed a corporate heart for those particularly in poverty, and heartfelt prayer for those in authority in our city and world.
We have an active and passionate parent prayer group that meets monthly and uplifts the staff, students and local community in prayer. We also prayer walk the Blue Coat site regularly, praying that our space is a safe and helpful one and where students can ‘grow’ in every sense of the word.
The world map in the chaplaincy is used regularly to help students be aware of the world they are in and to pray for topical issues, natural disasters, terrorism, the environment and to uplift those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
Worship Works is a tutor group worship activity that takes place once a week for all tutor groups. Facilitated by our form tutors, Worship Works is an opportunity to worship together in a wide range of ways including worship songs older and newer, prayer activities, reflection upon scripture and prayer.
For this academic year we are introducing form Worship Reps – students who will regularly meet with the Chaplain to be encouraged, equipped to lead and prayed for. They will then have the opportunity to shape what Worship Works sessions look like for their forms so that worship is current, appropriate for their form group and in a style by which young people can declare God’s worth naturally both individually and corporately.
We greatly value our strong relationship with the Diocese, particularly with Holy Trinity Church, which has been our ‘mother church’ as a school for over 300 years. As we are a large school, we worship in different ways and venues across the city including year communion services here at the School and in other churches, and whole school services several times a year at Coventry Cathedral.