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“The children loved having the prayer space in school. Every child I spoke to was positive and said how calm and relaxed the room made them feel. The children felt like it was a safe place, and spoke about a peace that being inside the prayer spaces gave them. One child said it made them feel confident that they could bring anything to God, and another said how it helped them to remember that they could pray in any way, anywhere.”Jake Bateson (Head of RE, Birmingham)

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Category: Prayer Activities Age Group: 7 - 11's Age Group: 12 - 16's Age Group: 16+

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We all have big questions about life, about God and faith, etc. This activity encourages pupils to ask their big questions as prayers.

Some of them are 'head' questions, things we find difficult to grasp and understand. But most of them are 'heart' questions, to do with our experience of pain and suffering, doubt and disappointment, etc.

The Bible is full of question-prayers. All of the significant characters in the Bible ask question-prayers of God - Abraham does, David does, even Jesus does - and many of the questions remain unanswered, at least in the way that the ask-er hoped they would be answered.

This prayer activity works best when a team member is nearby to encourage the pupils to ask honest questions. Sometimes, students might ask the team member what they think about a particular question. When this happens, it's really important for the team member to answer honestly, even if their answer is "I really don't know". The purpose of this prayer activity is to reinforce the idea that questions are OK. In fact, asking honest questions is essential to authentic faith.

To get started, please watch the short video and download the PDF.