Tuesday, 7 May 2013

School Prayer Day

We had a fantastic day at school today exploring the prayer stations that will be part of the new prayer room there.  The prayer room is still in the process of being finished but it will be a permanent fixture in the school when it is ready.  We wanted the children to get to know what would be in there so that, when the time came, they could get stuck straight in!

To make sure that whole classes could make use of the prayer activities (the room itself is only big enough for about 10 children at a time), we set them out in the hall and each class spent half an hour exploring and feeding back.

Here's what we did...

Thanks 
Using playdough to make things we are thankful for...


Labelling duplo and building 'thank you' towers
Please
Prayers pegged to a prayer net


Sorry
Sorry prayers drawn or written into the sand and then smoothed over as a sign of forgiveness and a new start.
Worries
Worries written on mirror speech bubbles with dry wipe pens- the prayer room will have large mirrors on the wall that the children can write on!  This was an incredibly profound station, even for the younger children.




Others
Laminated maps and post it notes

 laminated people shapes and dry wipe pens
What would you like to say to God?
A chalk board to write questions and prayers to God.  One of the walls in the prayer room will be a chalk board

We were amazed by the depth of the children's prayers and a few of the teachers were even moved to tears.   It really brought home to us the importance of giving the children space and freedom to express their spirituality, fears, thanks and questions and we can't wait to get the prayer room established!

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for these lovely ideas! We are about to hold a prayer week at our school and I am definitely going to be using these ideas. I'm tearful just thinking about it!

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    1. Excellent! Let me know how it goes :-)

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