Spirituality at St. James'
Spirituality concerns a person’s relationship with themselves, with others, with God and with nature and the environment. These four elements: self; others; God; and beauty on our world form the basis of our work with children and ourselves in developing a strong sense of spirituality.
The four elements:
Thinking about myself
- Awareness of feelings; the ability to reflect and express.
- Awareness of our uniqueness; happiness with who we are.
- Gratitude for the things we have and the person we are.
- Exploration of personal faith.
- Development of imagination and creativity.
Thinking about others
- Empathy and understanding; respect and tolerance.
- To love and be loved (loving your neighbour).
- Making a difference; sense of duty.
Thinking beyond the things that we can see
- Encountering/experiencing God; having a sense of what lies beyond the material/physical.
- Ability to formulate and discuss the ‘Big Questions’.
- Opportunities for prayer, connecting with God.
- Making sense of the world.
Thinking about the beauty of our world
- Developing a sense of awe and wonder.
- Enjoying the miracles of everyday life.
- Taking time for what really matters.
- Appreciating the beauty in art, music, nature.
How we aim to develop a strong sense of spirituality
- Have regular time in the day for quiet and reflection. This might be listening to a story, lighting a candle, going for a walk in our outdoor area.
- Provide opportunities for creativity and using the imagination.
- Valuing play opportunities.
- Singing often, especially with others.
- Ensuring daily time for prayer.
- Provide opportunities for children to discuss, explore and share feelings.
- Discuss the importance of relationships; how we talk to and relate to each other.
- Provide opportunities to express awe and wonder, appreciate beauty in all forms.
- Encourage each other to show kindness, caring and compassion and to express these in practical ways.
- Explore ‘Big Questions’.
How do we know we are being effective?
We believe our spiritually developed children are able to:
Love and accept themselves and enjoy good relationships with each other.
Take an interest and delight in the world around them.
Express and understand feelings.
Demonstrate a strong moral sense and a love of what is good.
Enjoy quiet and stillness.
Possess an active imagination and show joy in creativity.
Be open to what lies beyond the material.