Formation at Worth takes two forms, the first is an induction into the Catholic faith and the Benedictine ethos so that pupils can find their feet here and feel comfortable living in a faith environment. Then at a second (and voluntary) level there is an evangelisation programme, so that pupils at any stage of their time here can experience and respond to the call of Christ in their lives.
“Relationships between pupils of different ethnic and religious backgrounds are exemplary.” ISI Inspection 2017.
While all students have an academic formation in the Catholic faith at different points during their time at Worth, our discipleship pathway is designed to engage the heart and mind and lead the students closer to Christ. There are four ways in which this happens:
Oasis for Years 7 to 9 is a safe place to eat together, have fun and explore faith with older students in small groups on a regular basis. The main tool we use for Years 7 and 9 is Alpha.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question about faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all over the globe with people of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome. No two Alphas look the same but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation. Alpha gives young people access to information about the Christian faith and encourages them to voice their opinions and ask questions.
In Year 8 we introduce the students to the Gospel message and youth ministry in a different way by using materials from the Catholic Schools Youth Ministry International framework. These sessions become a great way of enabling the students to get involved with their faith outside the classroom context and learn how to share their faith effectively.
Each year students from Year 10 (but not exclusively) are given the opportunity to be confirmed in the Abbey following a process of catechesis and formation. The group is split into two streams: those who are already committed to their faith and want to go deeper, and those who wish to explore at an entry level. These groups are then divided into smaller groups of six or seven pupils each with a catechist where they are able to discuss various topics.
The Nazareth student discipleship group meets every week after school to grow in faith together. Students and Forerunners share a meal, listen to talks, have discussions, pray together, have fun, support one another and serve the community in the best way they can. In our Nazareth group the students mature in their faith, in many different ways, just as Jesus did during his time in Nazareth.
Mentoring facilitated by a Forerunner provides a more bespoke level of formation which really addresses the pastoral and spiritual needs of individual students.
In addition to this, there are numerous opportunities for student service and leadership. These include becoming a Chaplaincy prefect or House Chaplaincy rep, Oasis leadership, altar serving, the Identity team, Common Home Committee, choir and service activities by way of volunteering.