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“We are very pleased with the prayer space in our school. It worked out real depth, and shows who we are as a school. We’re always looking for opportunities to help the students to think about the meaning of life and the prayer space helps to form their identity. It’s an important consideration that I make everyday as manager: What suits this school at this time? The prayer space fits well within the task we have in the areas of socialization, personal development and civic education of our students. The prayer space was way more than just a quiet room. Often you see that those spaces are empty and not in use. But this time it was really alive."Bas Bastiaanse, School Director (Netherlands)

'It was a fantastic day and I can’t thank the volunteers enough for all their efforts.’

This was the second prayer space for Brough primary school. The school library was transformed into a prayer space for the day. A range of prayer activities were set up by an enthusiastic team of local volunteers. Activities included fizzy forgiveness, be still, calm jars, big questions, bubble tube, world map, love heart sweets, remember wall, and paper plates. These activities were there to encourage the whole school to engage in prayer.

Headteacher, Mr Cooper, said “The stations engaged all learning types with visual, auditory & kinaesthetic activities. Each of the classes I worked with were able to access the materials. What was most powerful was the level of engagement and feedback from the pupils. At the upper Key Stage 2 there was real understanding and exploration of thoughts, whilst the younger children found empathy with certain activities and were able to reflect on personal & global issues. It was a fantastic day and I can’t thank the volunteers enough for all their efforts.”

Feedback from the pupils included: ‘Be still was relaxing, I felt calm & peaceful’, ‘fizzy forgiveness helped me feel forgiveness, happy, fantastic, really good!’, ‘I want to do it all again!’, ‘I wanted more time here

The prayer space at Brough Primary was a huge success and the team was encouraging and the team did an incredible job at encouraging students and creating a safe environment. Some of the volunteers even came straight from their night shift.

Sarah Hulme, Prayer Spaces in Schools Networker.

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Posted on 3rd April 2018

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