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Prayer spaces help children engage with new school values

Date: 07 February 2017

prayer station2A church school in Farnborough has launched its new values using prayer stations to allow pupils to understand their significance and meaning.

Over the course of a week in January, the whole of St Peter’s CofE Junior School, Farnborough, visited St Peter’s church to explore six prayer stations, one for each of the school’s new values – respect, truth, responsibility, service, celebration and collaboration. 

The week was rounded off with collective worship in church when all of the children celebrated the week together.

Volunteers from the church were on hand to support children as they considered a the bible verses and activities aligned with each value. Janet Ruthven, who ran the prayer spaces, explained:

“At the ‘respect’ station, the children talked about people they respect, then wrote their name on a petal which we built into a friendship flower. When thinking about ‘collaboration’ station, each child thought about their gifts and talents and how they contribute to the life of the school. They then wrote their name and their ability on a jigsaw piece, and linked it with others to form a jigsaw that is now on display in the school library.”  

Mrs Alison Good, head teacher at St Peter’s Juniors, added:

“The prayer space was a fantastic way to learn about our six values that support our six aims of St Peter's Junior School. The children enjoyed the opportunity to stop and reflect on what is important to them as well as their concerns, hopes and prayers.

“The week is just the start of our journey to embed our values in order to be able to show the love of God in all that we do. A huge thank you to Mrs Ruthven and the team who worked with our children.”

For more information on how to run prayer spaces in schools, see http://www.prayerspacesinschools.com or contact Jane Whittington, the diocesan schools officer for Christian distinctiveness, RE and spiritual development: 01483 484905 or jane.whittington@cofeguildford.org.uk

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