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Prayer Spaces

Wednesday 13th January 2016

Prayer Spaces at Saint George’s

In the last week of term the library was transformed into Prayer Spaces. Led by Wanda Barnard, Youth Worker from the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gravesend, this was an opportunity for our students to have some time and space to reflect.

Growing up raises lots of questions, some to do with their own experiences, both the good and the bad, and some to do with their sense of wonder at the universe we live in and whether there’s more to life than meets the eye. Many want to explore how their ideas and experiences help them to develop their own sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose.

Prayer Spaces enabled our students, of all faiths and none, to explore these life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. Taking a non-denominational approach, this project gave them an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment.

What do our students say about their experience of Prayer Spaces?

“I hung my label on the tree and my problems went away”.
“Speaking one to one with God.”
“The bubbles help me to get into the zone.” (The bubbles represented prayers going to heaven).
“I prayed for Paris.”
“Does God have a beard?”

We hope to repeat this experience each year.

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