Last week the SJB library was transformed into a reflective prayer space run by Ruth and volunteers from St John’s church. Children visited the space in small groups and were able to access various interactive prayer activities. We focussed on praying for ourselves and others, which included activities where we thanked God, said sorry and asked him about things in our lives. During the early part of the week children said thank you using play dough models, they wrote their sorry prayers in sand, they added their thoughts and prayers to a big prayer wall and made flags to pray for the world. Later on in the week the sorry prayers were written on whiteboards, thank you prayers were written and wrapped in empty sweet wrappers, and the inflatable globe was covered in prayers for the world. The older children also had the chance to write their ‘big’ questions to God, and the prayer wall grew bigger and bigger each day as more prayers were added.
Some comments from the week: “Magical” “I felt like all the pressure was falling away” “A lovely calming experience”. In the sorry area many children really enjoyed being able to wipe away their prayers either from the sand or whiteboards as a reminder that they are forgiven. One child commented that they loved the thank you area because it helped them to feel more positive about things, and teachers commented that children were coming back to class with a real sense of calm and peace.
The week was such a success we hope it will become an annual event!