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COVID-19 Response

School life is going to look quite different in the coming academic year and it will vary from region to region, perhaps from school to school. Some schools will welcome visitors, others may not. Some schools will have children organised into large year group ‘bubbles’ and others into much smaller groups.

Whatever the situation in your local school, we hope that the ideas on this page will inspire you to offer some kind of prayer space during this season when they may be needed more than ever.

Please let us know if you have any other ideas. If you do host a prayer space in some way, we’d love to hear how it went so that we can share stories, inspire and equip one other. You can contact us on info@prayerspacesinchools.com.


For each of the following ideas, you will need to choose prayer activities from our library in consultation with school staff. Find out about the current ‘mood’ of the pupils. For example, are they still processing the disruption of the last few months or grieving, or does it feel like they’re ‘back to business’ as usual? Find out whether there are any particular needs which the activities could support

In our resource library, you can search for activities by theme, e.g. Letting go, Worry, Being still. Download the PDF instructions, and feel free to edit the second page so that it’s easy for pupils/teachers to use. It might also be worth checking out the Prayer Spaces at Home activities, just in case some of them are appropriate.

If you’re sending a prayer space in a bag or in a box, please include a greeting card, reminding the school that you’re praying for them, and perhaps some goodies for staff and some anti-bacterial wipes too.

If you can’t visit your school, maybe offer to record a short, friendly video saying ‘hello’ to the pupils and introducing them to the prayer space/activities – to set the scene and the mood and remind them that you’re praying for them. Alternatively, you could write a few brief bullet points so that the teacher can introduce the space.

Prayer Space in a Bag

Who is it for?

This resource could be delivered to schools who aren't accepting visitors (or it could be hosted by a member of the church if they are accepting a few visitors).

What is it?

It is a front-led session, with pupils at their own desks.

How does it work?

Each pupil has their own (paper) bag on their desk. Inside each bag, there are the materials needed for four or five simple prayer activities, including the laminated instructions. Alternatively, you could create a set of PowerPoint slides of the instructions and/or a script for the teacher to read out.

Prayer Space in a Box

Who is it for?

This resource could be delivered to schools who aren't accepting visitors (or it could be hosted by a member of the church if they are accepting a few visitors).

What is it?

A series of simple prayer activities set up in the corner of a classroom, in a library, a corridor or a similar space.

How does it work?

The prayer activities can be accessed by pupils from one ‘bubble’ at a time and then wiped clean, or left (in quarantine) for three days before being made available to another ‘bubble’. Pupils access the prayer space as and when their teacher allows. In a primary school, for example, this may be during quiet reading time or in small groups on a rotation basis.

Local Lockdown Prayer Space

Who is it for?

This is for a school which has closed or partially closed due to a local lockdown.

What is it?

A simple email to the school signposting them to suitable prayer activities for pupils to use at home.

How does it work?

Choose our or five simple prayer activities from the Prayer Spaces at Home resources. Write an email with weblinks to these prayer activities, or speak with school staff about them, suggesting that they could share them with families at home to help them process what is happening and to provide pastoral and spiritual support while pupils are at home. Pupils could be encouraged to share their experiences of the prayer activities on the school’s online classroom platforms. If possible, record a short video explaining the prayer activities for the school to post on their website or in their online classroom.

Outdoor Prayer Space

Who is it for?

This is for a school which is open to visitors from a local church hosting an outdoor prayer space.

What is it?

A prayer space set up in the school grounds, with relevant social distancing measures in place.

How does it work? 

Offer to host a prayer space somewhere in the school grounds. You can find outdoor-specific prayer activities in our resource library, and many others could also be adapted for outside use. Make sure you adhere to the school’s guidelines when setting up this prayer space and that your team are fully aware of how to minimise risks e.g. only one pupil at a time at each activity, hand sanitiser/antibacterial wipes available at each activity etc.