As part of the Lent journey and in preparation for Easter, a classroom was converted into an exciting and interactive, multi-sensory prayer space. Students were invited to experience different and innovative ways of reflecting, thinking and praying. Students of all faiths and none explored life’s big questions in a supportive and interactive way.
The Prayer Space was set up into ‘zones’ which were manned by Off The Fence, the local Christian charity who also run break time clubs at the school. They were also supported by the school’s Chaplaincy team.
Verity, a Year 7 student visiting the prayer space, said: “It is a nice calming space to come and reflect. I especially like the parables zone.”
Elyas, a Year 7 student visiting the prayer space, said: “It is a great space to come and pray in a fun and creative way. I love the relaxing atmosphere.”
– Thank you Ducks: students hooked a duck from the paddling pool using a rod. On the bottom of each duck was a number which corresponded to a topic of something to give thanks for. They then wrote a thank you prayer about that topic.
– Big Questions: this zone taught students that there is no question too big to ask God. Students thought of the most important question and wrote it on a piece of cardboard.
– The world we all want: students were asked to consider the world—the good, the bad and the ugly. They then thought about the kind of world they would want to live in and what changes they would like to see. In response they built the world they hoped to see with Lego and wrote a prayer for those who are suffering.
– Parables: this activity gave students an opportunity to read some of Jesus’ parables and then to respond creatively by drawing on the big sheet of paper in front of them.
– Hopes & Dreams: students were encouraged to think about their hopes and dreams for the future. They drew a picture of this dream using pens and ink pads and added it to the display, giving their dream to God.
– Sorry Shredder: this activity encouraged students to think about things that they wanted or needed to say sorry for. They got to write them down on a piece of paper and then shred it in the shredder to symbolise forgiveness.