Posted by Phil on 28.04.2012
The Scottish Curriculum for Excellence states that children should be able to understand and develop physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. In response to this, the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Reachout Trust worked with Loch Primary to host a Prayer Space.
We were given a large space at the entrance of the school where we set up a variety of prayer/reflection stations. Each class were given the opportunity to visit the space and take part in a range of activities. There were stations for reflecting on Big Questions they had ('life, the universe and everything' sort of stuff…), for example;
“How did you think of making the world?”
“Is hell and hevan real?”
“Why can’t you help when people get hurt?”
“I want to know wot yuo do”
“Who made God?”
“Why did you have to die I love u in my heart.x”
There were spaces for praying for people, friends and families. They could also pray for countries should they choose to. There were opportunities for thinking about things like thankfulness, forgiveness, saying sorry as well as reflecting on their hopes and dreams.
Every pupil in the school took part and one child was heard to say "That was great! Can we do it everyday?" A number of staff commented on the peaceful atmosphere that was created. We hope to do something similar in other schools in our area.
For more information about the Scripture Union Associate Worker Scheme in Scotland, and to contact Estelle, visit their webpage.