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Friday
Jul262013

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Prayer spaces in schools are a great way of getting young people to think about prayer, and are a creative way of running an RO event – as part of an activity in the informal curriculum to which pupils opt in.

Alternatively, in some schools all pupils are given a timetabled opportunity to visit as an act of RO. A prayer space encourages young people to engage with prayer interactively, helping them to explore reflection and different ways to pray. This is achieved through providing different stations. Each station uses a different form of prayer, for example expressing a prayer through a drawing, praying for a local area using a map, creating a prayer chain with paper or weaving strips of cloth with prayers written on them. The room can be set out in different ways, with sub-sections each devoted to a particular theme or way of praying. Simple ideas are often best – a short description can be placed in each area to act as a guide.

The main purpose is to encourage young people to pray, with the prayer space providing a safe and comfortable place to explore quiet reflection.

How can I get this going?

  • Contact your local school and ask if they would be interested in have a prayer space. This could be on a weekly basis or as a one off event.
  • Does the school have a space? Schools can be tight for space. Even the smallest of spaces can be used in an interesting and engaging way.
  • Do you need to find volunteers to help? Prayer spaces are a great way for churches to be involved in their local schools. Make sure everyone is PVG checked, and knows what is expected of them.
  • Decorating your space. Passages of scripture, art work, fairy lights, cushions, soft music and gazebos all help to create a space which is different from a normal classroom.
  • What type of prayer activities? Be as creative as you like: drawing, making things to hang up, post-it note prayers, prayer stones, world prayer using a map and pins, having information to just sit and read can be helpful ways to help young people focus and pray.

Have a look at the Prayer Spaces in Schools website for more information and ideas.