A Few Things We Liked About 2016
2016 was a huge year for Prayer Spaces in Schools.
The real highlights, of course, are the hundreds of individual stories that follow every prayer space – the children and young people who leave worries behind, the ones who feel more self-confident, the ones who try praying in new ways, or even for the first time.
While those stories are definitely the highlights, here are a few encouraging stats and lists from 2016.
- Our team and regional Networkers ran 44 training workshops, in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Hong Kong and Australia.
- More than 1,500 people joined the Prayer Spaces in Schools website, and 18,000 resources (mostly prayer activities) were downloaded since we started counting (March 2016).
- We made some new friends in Pakistan, Jamaica, India, the Congo, Grand Cayman, Wales and the Netherlands, and most of them hosted their first prayer spaces in schools.
- Our Prayer Project with the Diocese of Durham was a huge success. We trained and equipped local churches and school staff who then hosted more than 40 new prayer spaces.
- And finally, in total, we tracked and supported more than 600 prayer spaces in schools (although there were probably a lot more) during 2016. Most of these took place in the UK, and, as the map below shows, they took place in almost every county. Amazing!