Religious Life

 ‘the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body’
1 Corinthians 12:12.

Stopfordian Ethos

Bishop Stopford’s School strives to be a Christian Community of Love and Learning. The way we are taught, the way we are nurtured, the way we are valued has an incredible impact upon how we develop and mature into the people we become.  Christ confronts us to turn our lives and the practice of our faith upside down and back to front in order to see God in all things and so bring Him in to the centre of our lives each and every day.

For our students and parents, the fact that we are a faith school has enormous significance.  We seek as a community of learners to live the truths of the Gospel, to live in peace and harmony with each other, to work for reconciliation and tolerance among all peoples, and we live in the hope of heaven.

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Our School Prayer

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Weekly Worship

Each week pupils will attend a school assembly which contains an act of Collective Worship. The theme of the week will be presented by a member of the Senior Staff in a presentation, pupils will lead prayers for the world and school community and the school prayer will be said in mass.

Pause for Thought

Daily worship is an essential part of the school community and all form groups follow the school ‘Pause for Thought programme which is linked to the theme of the week. These sessions can be teacher or pupil lead and contain Biblical passages, music and film clip videos and prayers.

End of Term Holy Communions

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Holy Communion, the sacred meal instituted by Christ himself as the way of remembering his love and the Word of life he gave us in the holy scriptures are celebrated at the end of each term in the school. Two houses attend daily in the last week of term; pupils read the Bible and lead the worship, prayers and music. Each day we welcome the Bishop of Edmonton or a local priest or minister from the Anglican church to celebrate the Holy Communion.

Patronal Festivals

Once a year each house celebrates their patronal festival. The Dates are as follows:

  • Coventry
  • St Georges
  • King Alfreds
  • Temple
  • Trinity
  • Waltham

This celebration provides pupils with an opportunity to worship within their house community and give thanks for fellowship and love they receive. Each of the six Houses celebrates their annual Patronal Festival with a special Holy Communion.  These special celebrations offer a real opportunity for each House to showcase the success and gifts of their particular members through music, drama and art, as well as providing a space to look at those Patrons associated with each House and to draw strength and wisdom from the example.  Each celebration sees staff and students working closely together in the presentation and preparation of these services. At each festival we welcome a local priest or minister from the Anglican church to celebrate the Holy Communion.

Corporate Worship

In addition to our Collective Worship pupils have the opportunity to worship God in smaller services held in the chapel. Morning Prayer is said weekly and is lead by staff and pupils.

Founders’ Day

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Annually the school celebrates its Foundation with a service of celebration in the school hall. This takes place in the first week of July. A chamomile plant and the school rolls are presented the new Head Boy and Girl and the Prefects for the forthcoming academic year are presented to the school. These all serve as symbols of the past struggles, the present day workings and the future glory of the school.

Our Carol Service

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At the end of the first term the school celebrates the birth and incarnation of our Lord with a carol service. Pupils will read, sing and lead prayers in celebration of Christmas.

Our School Chapel

At the heart of our school stands the Chapel. The Chapel provides an opportunity to be close to God and appreciate and contemplate his glory.

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The Prayer for all Stopfordians

Every Monday morning the Prayer for all Stopfordians is offered by the Chaplain and pupils and a candle is lit for all Stopfordians.

Worship Committee

Once a term the worship committee meet to review, discuss and plan the Religious Life of the school. This committee is made up of Governors, Staff and pupils.

Reception of Communion

All students and staff who regularly make their communion in their own parish or church are welcome to receive Holy Communion at any of our School celebrations of the Holy Eucharist.  Anyone who is unable to do so is encouraged to come to the priest and to ask for a blessing.

Clergy who support our School

Father Taemin

Father Taemin is the vicar at St George’s Freezywater on Hertford Road. He is Korean and studied at St Stephen’s House Theological College in Oxford.
He supports us at school by celebrating Holy Communion for the Year Group Eucharists.

Rev Jackie

Jackie works at St Mary Magdalene Church in Enfield.
Born and raised in Enfield she attended Suffolk School which was the building that is now our school.
Jackie has been supporting our school for a number of years and has celebrated Holy Communion at St George’s House festivals and whole school Eucharists.

Father Henderson

Father Henderson is a priest at St James’s Church on Hertford Road and works with Father Ian.
Father Henderson is a retired school teacher, who worked in Tottenham for a lot of his career.
He is a regular visitor at Bishop Stopford’s and has celebrated Eucharists for our year 11s and at our whole school services.

Bishop Rob

Bishop Rob is the Bishop of Edmonton. Bishop Rob started this appointment in September 2015 after being a vicar in Hackney. Bishop Rob held his welcome service for the Enfield area at our school and was deeply impressed with our school choir. He regularly visits us and preaches and leads our Founders’ day service.

Father Ian

Ian is originally from the USA, and lived in Germany before coming to Enfield.
He is the vicar of St James’s Church, Enfield.
Ian is a school governor at our school and is a welcome and frequent visitor.

Father Nigel

Father Nigel is vicar of St Mary with St John’s Church on Dyson Road.
He has supported our school for a number of years and regularly celebrates Holy Communion with the whole school.

Father Stephen

Father Stephen is vicar of the parish of St Mary’s, Gordon Hill, Enfield.
He has been providing spiritual support to our School for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a priest he was a teacher in our Science Department,
Father Stephen was a member of Trinity House