"A prayer space gives students time for reflection in our busy curriculum. Allowing students to interact with the prayer space fills a genuine need for students to reflect on some of the big issues affecting their lives as well as considering their spiritual views on Christianity. This was a very valuable experience for the school for both staff and students."Pauline Walker (Head teacher)

Top Ten Prayer Activities

If you’re planning towards your first prayer space, we would strongly recommend that you make use of some/all of the following Top Ten prayer themes and activities. These are all themes and prayer activities that have been tried-and-tested in a wide range of school settings, and so we have confidence that they will almost certainly work in your school setting too.

1. Please, e.g. Prayer Wall or Bubble Tube

2. The World, e.g. Pray For The World

3. Questions, e.g. Big Questions

4. Thankfulness, e.g. Thankful Play Dough

5. Peace, e.g. Be Still

6. Sorry, e.g. Sorry Strings or Fizzy Forgiveness

7. Forgiveness, e.g. Forgiveness Stones

8. Worry, e.g. Letting Go

9. Self Identity, e.g. Mirrors

10. Injustice, e.g. Stop The Traffic or Cardboard Home

Every prayer space should feature at least one prayer activity that focuses on an issue of injustice, local or global. It could be a prayer activity about homelessness, with links to Crisis or Centrepoint, or a prayer activity about global poverty with links to Tear Fund, or a prayer activity about abandoned children with links to World Vision. Ask the school if they have an adopted charity - maybe you could create a prayer activity around that charity/theme.

We would also recommend that you try to select a combination of prayer activities that are directed:
upwards (towards God, e.g. Big Questions, Prayer Wall),
outwards (towards the world around us, e.g. Pray The News, Stop The Traffik),
inwards (reflective, towards the self, e.g. Fizzy Forgiveness).

For more on choosing your prayer activities, click here.