"This has changed my mind about praying, so it's basically changed my future."Student (Year 9)

Birmingham: Day Conference 2019

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:00 - Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:30

Hosts: Prayer Spaces in Schools and the Church of England.

‘It was like that feeling, like you are stepping on holy ground.’

Unwrapping findings from a study into the impact of prayer spaces on the spiritual development of children and young people.

The Church of England and Prayer Spaces in Schools are co-hosting an important one-day Conference for children’s and youth workers, church leaders and education professionals, focusing on the key themes that emerged from York St John University’s research (2018) into the impact of prayer spaces on the spiritual development of children and young people.

The programme will include engaging TED-talk-style input from four specialist speakers, Q&A panels, interviews with local practitioners and group discussion around key themes, plus a selection of focused seminar sessions. There will also be an example prayer space.

Early-bird tickets are £30 (inc lunch)
For more information on the Conference, and for booking options, please visit the booking page.

Keynote Contributors

Bishop Paul Butler

"I love seeing Prayer Spaces happening across schools in our region. They inspire, encourage, teach and challenge me. So I am thrilled to be sharing in this particular day - See you there! "
Paul Butler is the Bishop of Durham for the Church of England. His whole ministry has involved working with and for children and young people in a wider variety of ways. He has four adult children and is a very excited grandad to 1 grandson.

Lucie Shuker

Dr Lucie Shuker is Director of the Youthscape Centre for Research, and previously a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire. When she’s not thinking about youth-work related research questions, Lucie can be found offering spiritual direction, and working on projects that address violence and exploitation against women and girls. Lucie lives in Luton, where she is on the leadership team of her local church and enjoys ‘researching’ the local chicken and chip shops.

Jo Herbert-James

Jo Herbert-James works for Tearfund as a Theology and Networks Manager, focused on Environmental & Economic Sustainability. She is also Director of The Justice Conference, UK. After studying the faith of Millennials in her MA from King's College London, she is passionate about a holistic & practical approach to faith and theology. She lives with her husband Pete in central London, is a keen cyclist, loves good coffee and is a passionate activist for sustainable living and is journeying towards a zero waste lifestyle.

Jim Davis

Jim Davis is Head of Youth Engagement in The Children’s Society. Jim leads on children and young people’s voice within the charity and on ensuring that the most disadvantaged and marginalised young people have the chance to influence and make changes.



Other Contributors

Mary Hawes

Mary Hawes is the Church of England’s National Children and Youth Adviser. Previously, she has worked for the Diocese of London, Rochester Cathedral, Scripture Union and has been a primary school teacher. She serves as an Assistant Priest in a parish in Teddington, and as Chair of Governors for a local primary school.


Phil Togwell

Phil Togwell lives on the North-East coast of England with his family (one wife, three daughters, two dogs). Phil trained and worked in a wide range of Youth & Community settings before serving as 24-7 Prayer's UK director for 7 years. He now leads the Prayer Spaces in Schools teams and the Diocese of Durham's Prayer Project.


Location: Gas Street Church, 41 Gas St, Birmingham B1 2JT
Website: www.24-7prayer.com/events/PrayerSpaceResearch


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