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"The Prayer Space enables students to learn from RE, rather than just to learn about RE. The different ways for students to engage with prayer, whilst in the Prayer Space, enables all young people to have a fresh understanding of what prayer means, rather than seeing it just in a traditionally dry way."Mr Perry (Head teacher, Romford)

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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 students 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 students 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.