Prayer Spaces

Our children are innately curious about life. Growing up raises lots of questions, some to do with their experience, both the good and the bad, and some to do with their sense of wonder at the universe we live in and whether there’s more to life than meets the eye. Many have an interest in the non-material aspects of life, the spirit or soul, and want to explore how these ideas and experiences help them to develop their own sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose.

 

Prayer space enables children, of all faiths and none, to explore these life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. 

Taking a broadly Christian perspective as a starting point, prayer spaces give children and young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment. 

The approach does not proselytise and purposely allows pupils to make their own meaning and to draw their own conclusions.

 

In school, prayer space happens daily and children are encouraged to access prayer space independently and voluntarily. 

 

Oak Class

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Cedar Class

This term in Cedar we have been having daily prayer space time to explore life’s questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. We have discovered three new resources to learn through.

Thankful dough: We think about someone or something that we are thankful for, and then have a go at making a model of it.  We think about all the good things in our lives, someone or something that we are really grateful for. While we are making our model we can also say thank you to God.

Pray for Ukraine:  We have a map of Ukraine on the wall.  We have all heard about the war in Ukraine: from pictures, to videos or on the news. Lots of families have been affected by the fighting. Some had to leave their homes to find safety. Some people have been hurt or killed. Many people are feeling worried for their lives, their loved ones and their homes. If we want to, we can write or draw a thought or a prayer for the people of Ukraine onto a Post-it note or a piece of paper, and then stick it somewhere around the map.

Peace Makers:  We discovered that in the Bible, Psalm 46 is a noisy Psalm. It talks about waters roaring and mountains quaking, about wars and desolation. But it ends with God saying, ‘Be still and know that I am God’.

We discussed that Ukraine is noisy with the sounds or war at the moment, with tanks and bombs and guns and people shouting. We can close our eyes and try to sit quietly without moving.  As we sit quietly, if we want to, we can say a silent prayer for stillness, for Ukraine.

 

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