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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)

Empty Chair

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

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When someone that we love leaves us or dies, they leave a gap in our lives. We miss them.

This activity offers a simple, safe place for pupils to consider and express a bit of how they feel about someone who they have loved and lost. It encourages pupils to reflect on the good memories, but it also allows for, and affirms, the sad ones too. It's OK to not be OK.

This activity consists of an empty chair to represent the 'missing person', and invites pupils to write on luggage tags or post-it notes and attach them to the chair.

To find out more about this prayer activity, please read Matt Rushby's story.

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