"It was one of the most effective sessions I have seen during my career. The ethos in the lesson was superb and the gentle interaction between adults and children was heart-warming! Too often schools give into Ofsted pressures and neglect the spiritual needs of their students. The prayer space is a unique way of redressing the balance."Head teacher (Ulveston, Cumbria)

Leaver's Service Prayer Space

In 2014 and again in 2015 the Diocese of Guildford hosted a Leavers Service Prayer Space at Guildford Cathedral to help Year 6 students mark their transition from primary to secondary school.

Jane Whittington, Schools Officer for the Diocese of Guildford, organised these services and wrote most of our Resource Pack below. In the introduction she writes;

The change to a Prayer Space style of service was done to enable the pupils to pause in the busyness of secondary induction days, leaving celebrations and general end-of-year events to reflect and pray about the transition. I wanted to include the opportunity to deal with regrets and forgiveness, which are not usually included in transition work. Talking to the adults involved, many of us still carried issues form primary school that had never been dealt with. Feedback from schools has been very positive with some schools following up on the activities back in school.

We've compiled this Resource Pack in the hope that many other Diocese will host Leaver’s Service Prayer Spaces in their Cathedrals. Readers are welcome to use the pack in full, although many of the resources will need to be adapted to fit the local situation. Please do not reproduce/publish anything from this pack without permission.

Contents include;

  • Overview of the prayer activities and the leaver's service
  • A list of materials and instructions for the five prayer activities
  • A month-by-month list of the main planning tasks
  • Examples of the prayer activity instruction sheets
  • Example letters to Diocese colleagues, volunteers, schools
  • An example guide for group leaders
  • An example evaluation form

DOWNLOAD How To Run A Leaver's Service Prayer Space In A Cathedral

More information about the Diocese of Guildford.

For further support in getting started with your Leaver's Service Prayer Space, please email Tandia.