Category Archives: schools

Prayer Spaces Events

We are looking forward to running a number of Prayer Spaces training events over the coming months.

These are aimed at those looking to start a Prayer Space for the first time in their local school, or have new team member(s) who would value hearing more about the ministry of Prayer Spaces. We are pleased to have Ian Hayes-Anderson joining us at these event, and his knowledge as a trainer and practioner in this area will be great to be part of whatever event you come to.

So whatever event you come to you will find resources, and an opportunity to get involved and be inspired to offer this to your  local school, or church group.

Saturday 3rd March 2018, Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND – 10.00am – 3.00pm

Thursday 22nd March 2018, Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND – 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 10th March 2018, Prayer Spaces Training, St Peter’s Church, Boyatt Wood, 10.00 – 3.00pm

Please contact Andy Saunders for more information / booking on, or call him on 07703 186693

Christmas is coming! Here are some resources


We know it might still feel a long way away, but we’re hitting the time for Christmas planning! Here’s some of the best resources we’ve been able to find to help you make Christmas a special on in your ministry this year.

Unleash your youthgroup for justice this Christmas – why not engage with the Advent Conspiracy together.

Feeling brave? Run an advent sleep out with the young people in your parish or deanery? Get them to bring their friends – chat while you shiver about why it’s happening and what Christmas is all about. (Additional Youth Resource)

Headed to school? Here’s some ready made Chrismas Assembly resources.

Need a great Christmas video illustration? Here’s Guildford Diocese’s (2015) 12 videos of Christmas.

Looking to link with a community event or engage with your community? Why not try ‘Get in the Picture‘?

Explore Christmas through Gingerbread with family, at Messy Church, Sunday school, or somewhere else.

A host of resource books for engaging with children from BRFand Scripture Union

Not enough ideas for you here? The Evangelical Alliance have a bumper list of more here.


Keep your eyes peeled – we’ll be updating this with any more great resources we find as we countdown to Christmas!

REinspired Day Conference, Reading, 15th October

Inspiring Christian Faith in Schools

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Get all the details and book on here.

The Details

On Saturday 15 October 2016 :: Doors open at 9.30am and will close at 3.30pm

Held at Waingels College, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4RF

Keynote speaker is Rev Dr Kate Coleman

It is with great excitement that Rev Dr Kate Coleman will to speak to us at our Conference. We are sure that you’ll enjoy hearing her both in the morning and afternoon.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is three-fold:

  1. to affirm and encourage these Christians in their vocation
  2. to inspire schools and churches with stories of what is possible when they work together
  3. to give delegates:
    • an opportunity to see, hear and experience what resources and initiatives are available to support Christian education and ministry
    • to be inspired by fresh thinking on children’s spirituality

We will achieve this by:

  1. having an inspiring and visionary keynote speaker, Rev Dr Kate Coleman.
  2. providing opportunity for peer to peer sharing of resources via an exhibition space and workshops.
  3. providing an opportunity to network and hear about initiatives that work elsewhere

Our Programme

09.30 Conference open :: Market Place open

10.00 Welcome & Worship together

10.40 Keynote speaker – Rev Dr Kate Coleman

11.15 Coffee

11.30 Choice of Workshop

12.15 Lunch

13.00 Keynote speaker – Rev Dr Kate Coleman

13.45 Choice of Workshop

14.30 Tea

14.45 Feedback and Farewell

15.30 Close :: Market Place closes

Our Workshops

Choose 2 workshops 1 to attend in the morning and 1 in the afternoon from these choices:

Morning Workshops Afternoon Workshops
1. REinspired :: Bringing Christian RE to life :: Primary & Secondary School focused sessions 1. REinspired :: Bringing Christian RE to life :: Primary & Secondary School focused sessions
2. Mike Simmonds from BIG Ministries :: Enabling Governance that transforms schools 2. iSingPOP :: Schools, Churches and Communities brought together through music
3. Open the Book :: Bringing the Bible to life for every child in every primary school 3. Open the Book :: Bringing the Bible to life for every child in every primary school
4. The Lasar Project from University of Reading :: Science and Religion: New Ways of Thinking 4. SchoolsWork, focusing on Selfharm :: a dedicated self-harm project able to support young people
5. PrayerSpaces in Schools :: How to run a prayer space in a school 5. PrayerSpaces in Schools :: stand running throughout the day
6. Wayne Dixon, Christian Connections in Schools (CCiS) :: Secondary school focus 6. Wayne Dixon, Christian Connections in Schools (CCiS) :: sharing Scripture Union’s projects: ‘Christmas Unwrapped’and ‘It’s your Move’
7. Godly Play :: Introducing Godly Play 7. Pray for Schools :: How to pray for your local school

Choose your workshop for both morning and afternoon at the time of booking.

Book before 14 September to guarantee a place on your chosen workshop and pay the discounted price!

Booking details

Please use the booking form below to book your place. Alternatively, email us or give us a ring to book.

This link will take to a booking website where you will be able to pay for your ticket through PayPal or debit/credit card and also choose the workshops you’d like to attend.

Early bird ticket cost £17.50, up to 14 September

Standard ticket cost £20, from 15 September

Book places for your family and friends!

Get all the details and book on here.

Self Harm UK Training, Southampton, 16th June 2016

Self Harm UK 6 Hour Training – 16 Jun, 2016, Southampton


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Above Bar Church Lounge, 69 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7FE

SelfharmUK is bringing its 6-hour in-depth training programme to Southampton in June enabling smaller organisations and individuals to get involved where the in-house training may not be feasible.

This training suits teachers, youth workers, those offering pastoral support in schools and anyone else who has professional involvement with young people.

The course includes the following:

  • An overview of the latest research on the extent of self-harm among young people and the particular groups at highest risk
  • An understanding of why young people self-harm and key steps to help young people reduce their harming
  • How to respond to self-harm disclosure
  • Alternative coping strategies for individuals who self-harm
  • An understanding of physical, emotional and psychological indicators of self-harm
  • The impact of online communities and social media
  • Legal obligations and duties on those working with young people who self harm
  • Where to refer young people locally to specialist support for self-harm and an introduction to the resources that are available
  • An opportunity to develop self- harm policy in line with organisational requirements

There are 25 places available. Numbers are kept at this level to ensure all delegates have ample opportunity to feel involved in the variety of activities and discussions offered

The cost for the session is £80. All delegates receive a certificate upon completion of the course, training notes, signposting materials for young people and 10% discount off all SelfharmUK resources.

Training runs from 10am-4.30pm



Chaplaincy Central Conference 2016

Inspirational Chaplaincy

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A day conference for those involved in schools and FE chaplaincy

Organised by Chaplaincy Central

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST) Add to Calendar
Christian Life Centre – 900 Bristol Road Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6HW, United Kingdom – View Map
How much
£25 per place

Tickets available here.

Create a Lord’s Prayer Labyrinth


A labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks or dead ends. A labyrinth is a pathway, with a destination. It creates a sense of journey, and it encourages reflection along the way.

This activity invites students to ‘journey’ through the Lord’s Prayer. As students walk around the labyrinth pathways they encounter sentences from the Lord’s Prayer, and they are encouraged to reflect on the words, and perhaps pray them for themselves.

You’ll find more information and a download on the Prayer Spaces in Schools website.  You’ll have to register to access their resources, but registration is quick and easy and the resources are free of charge.

Prayer Spaces in Schools – create your prayer space


Emma Richardson is one half of a Networker ‘dynamic duo’ in Cumbria. Here’s her report on the recent prayer space in Ullswater Community College:

“Rev. Philip Jackson and I sat a little nervously outside the headteacher’s office, it was our second meeting to discuss the possibility of a Prayer Space at Ullswater Community College. The idea had been bounced around, staff had canvassed the students to see if the idea was popular; and we were now going to hear the results.

The feedback from students was: “it wouldn’t be used or useful!”

“Great, where do we go from here?”  I thought.

Read the whole amazing story here.

Prayer Spaces in Schools day conferences 2015

Day conferences in schools

Who are the day conferences for?

The Prayer Spaces in Schools Day Conferences are for everyone. And this year, they’re going to be better than ever. They’re for those who are just starting out and want to know how to take the first steps towards their first prayer space. And they’re for those who have run dozens of prayer spaces and want to take things further. They’re for those who want to swap creative ideas, those who want to find new friends and collaborators, and they’re for those who want to explore the purpose and ongoing impact of prayer spaces more deeply.

Basically, if you’re interested or involved in running prayer spaces in schools in any way, these Day Conferences are for you.

This year’s conferences take place as follows:

NORTH: Saturday 26th September, 10.30am-5pm
St George’s Conference Centre in LEEDS.
Cost £20

SOUTH: Saturday 3rd October, 10.30am-5pm
St Paul’s Shadwell in LONDON.
Cost £20

Click here for full details