'There was a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation in the room.'
We had a fantastic day in Swansea on Saturday 10th March with a crowd gathered from all over Wales. The day was organised by Clare Williams, Diocesan Children and Youth Work Coordinator from St David’s Diocese and hosted by St Mary’s Church in Swansea.
Interest in Prayer Spaces in Schools has been bubbling up recently in various pockets of Wales. With our fantastic Networker, Kirsty Williams, spreading good practice in the Diocese of Bangor in the North and our newly established South Wales Networker, Julia Plaut, based in Cardiff, Wales is becoming an exciting new frontier!
Saturday’s training hosted several Diocesan workers, Education Advisors, clergy and volunteers from churches from the South coast to the North. After exploring the values, outcomes and practical ‘how to’ of hosting a prayer space in a school, there was time for connecting within locality groups. It was amazing to see those whose interest in prayer spaces has been growing for a while, and those completely new to the concept, discussing how to move forward strategically in their various regions. Friends were made, emails exchanged and much tea drunk. We also had a peaceful session using the fantastic prayer activities which Kirsty set up in the beautiful chapel at St Mary’s.
There was a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation in the room…it felt like the start of something new for Prayer Spaces in Schools in Wales. We wait with bated breath to see what emerges!
Liz Ogborne, Prayer Spaces in Schools Team.