Resources for School Multi-Faith Services
A different times in the school year, it may be appropriate to hold commemorations or other multi-faith services. When schools consider a multi-faith service or commenmoration, these should be the product of consultation with the school community and parents/caregivers should be notified of the nature of the ceremony and/or service. It is also important that religious groups and individuals should not be pressured to compromise their faith for the sake of holding the service. For more informaiton from the NSW Education Dapartment about arranging a multifaith service CLICK HERE.
ETIQUETTE when organising and leading Multi-faith gatherings needs to be well considered if we want to genuinely show each other respect and make space for sharing and dialogue. CLICK HERE for Interfaith etiquette information and resources from the Uniting Church Relations with Other Faiths National group.
EDUCATION WEEK is particular occation where a service might be held in conjuction with local schools. Education week is a time for all to celebrate the valued place of our NSW public schools. As part of this week of celebration, the NSW Department of Education and Training, along with the Director-General’s Consultative Committee on Special Religious Education have provided an Inter-Denominational Christian order of service for use by churches and/or schools*. This could be used in your regular worship service or you could combine with neighboring churches for this special occasion. This is also a great opportunity to offer to host a service for your local school/s.
We encourage you to take the time to acknowledge and pray for the education of our young people and the dedicated staff who make this public education possible.
*Please see the ‘suggestions for using the order of service’ for more information on the use of a worship service in a public school.
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