"It is as if the space has tapped into a vein of spirituality in our pupils that none of us, themselves included, knew they had. Even pupils who exhibit challenging behaviour in some lessons have been calm as soon as they walk into the space. Pupils who were already Christian seem relieved that their classmates now understand how faith helps them through their daily lives."Head of RE, Pakefield High School (Suffolk)

"It was very calm and peaceful and was a lovely time to stop and think"

Our ‘Fruit of the Spirit Prayer Festival’ at St Andrew’s CE (Aided) Primary School was born out of a desire to help the children to develop their understanding of the Fruit of the Spirit. At St Andrew’s each class has a Fruit of the Spirit as a focus for the year, so that when they leave our school they have learnt about all of the Fruit of the Spirit. The classes spent time designing a prayer space to be used as part of our Prayer Festival; each one was engaging, unique and special.  Many of our prayer spaces were inspired by Prayer Spaces in Schools.

We hosted our Prayer Festival in June, and included ten different prayer spaces all centred around the Fruit of the Spirit.  The children visited the festival for a time of reflection and prayer as classes or smaller groups.  One child said “I liked the Prayer Festival because it was very calm and peaceful and was a lovely time to stop and think.” We also had visiting speakers from local churches who kindly talked with the children about prayer.

After school, parents were invited to join their child in the Prayer Festival. It was wonderful to see many families spending time together in thought or prayer. Our prayer spaces grew each day with new additions from more members of our community. One of our adult visitors said “The Prayer Festival provided so many wonderful ways to pray and be thankful and it was a great reminder of God’s love and faithfulness.” We are incredibly proud of our Prayer Festival: a week where we were given time to spend time with God or with our own thoughts.

Rachel Clark, RE Subject Leader


Posted on 4th July 2019

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