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 email@example.com, or call him on 07703 186693
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!
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.
Here’s some good news – Prayer Spaces in Schools have updated all 54 of their prayer activities; they’re all downloadable and they’re all free!
Click here to find them.
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.
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.
SOUTH: Saturday 3rd October, 10.30am-5pm
St Paul’s Shadwell in LONDON.
Click here for full details
When: 10th – 23rd May 2015
Matthew 5 v 14 “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world.”
This year to tie up with the International Year of Light we are using this verse to focus on being light in our schools and communities.
More details here from the Pray for Schools website