"I've learnt that my feelings are valid" - The Power of Prayer Spaces in Schools - 6 Aug 2021

This summer we are inviting churches and people of faith across Great Britain to LOVE YOUR SCHOOL.

Read the story of how Rachel Tweedie & St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, have supported Clandeboye Primary School through running a Prayer Space in a School. Seeing the amazing work of God bringing peace and calm.

Rachel Tweedie, has been partnering with St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to run a prayer space for the pupils of Clandeboye Primary School, Bangor, Northern Ireland as part of their RE curriculum for the past 4 years. The work of God throughout the spaces has been amazing, particularly in bringing a sense of peace and calm to the pupils and the school. 

But in a year where visitors were not allowed in the school and there were so many restrictions around sharing of resources it was difficult to imagine how prayer spaces could run in the pandemic. 

Trusting God and knowing the huge impact a prayer space could have on supporting the mental health of pupils, allowing pupils space to think and process the disruption and loss from this past year, the team created the ‘prayer space in a box’ initiative. 

What is a Prayer Space in a Box?

To create the Prayer Space in a box, Rachel, a team from Prayer Spaces in Schools and staff from the school, used resources from the Prayer Spaces in Schools Website, using these to create a lesson plan and gathering prayer activities they felt would be beneficial.

Collating these they gave students a box filled with; the lesson plan, an activity sheet, and a little bag filled with all the resources they needed for the activities and with sweets as a gift from the church.

The activities included opportunities for pupils to be thankful, to think of others, to dream big, to process their feelings and to be still, this included drawing, writing, talking with their class, silence and tying ribbons.

The heart of the Prayer Space:

One student said “I’ve learnt that my feelings are valid” (P7 pupil).

For Rachel the highlight was “hearing about one little girl who loved the prayer space so much, she wouldn’t put her little bag down for the rest of the day. She held onto it tightly, carried it home and carried it all around her house.

There also continued to be overwhelming feedback of the peace and calm that a prayer space brings to the class which is a real highlight as it is something that we have seen grow each year through the use of Prayer Spaces.

GET INVOLVED: 

Could this be the story for your local school? Check out Prayer Spaces in Schools. 

Prayer Spaces enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore life’s questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way.

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