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Prayer Spaces

In order to develop spirituality, prayer and reflection within our school, each year we invite the Brighton and Hove City Mission and Off the Fence charities to set up a Prayer Space in our building.  In the Prayer Space, pupils can explore their developing faith and feelings about themselves and the world in a safe, creative and interactive way. Examples of different activities which we have explored in recent years include thinking about what we are thankful and sorry for, shining a 'spot light' on parts of the world where there are problems such as war or poverty, praying for those who have no home, asking 'Big Questions' and simply having the opportunity to breathe deeply, reflect and simply 'be still.'  In addition to the Prayer Space Team, school staff and parent/governor volunteers are involved in supporting pupils during the activities. For more information on this, please read our most recent Prayer Space reports below and some of the wonderful comments we have received.

"We would love to say a big thank you to all of your students for their exceptionally good behaviour and the respect they have shown us as visitors to their school. Behaviour is always good at St Nicolas and St Mary's but this year we have been particularly impressed with the engagement and good attitude of all the classes this year. We have witnesses kindness between students as they help each other with activities and have had some lovely open conversations with individuals as they explored the different aspects of the space. Prayer Space is a highlight of the work we do in schools and the excellent behaviour of your students made the experience even more enjoyable for everyone in attendance this year."  Suzanne Ault, Prayer Space Leader

“I really enjoyed my time in the Prayer Space because I felt calm and relaxed. The sorry shredder kept my time at the Prayer Space positive. It was so good I just wished we could’ve had more time. Thank you for letting us spend time enjoying the activities.” Yr6 student

“I liked the sorry shredder because it gave you a chance to write down what you regret and restart.” Yr5 student

“I loved the tent because it made me think about our beautiful world. I also liked the shredder because you get to write stuff then shred it.” Yr5 student

“It really calmed me down and made me feel loved by God. I liked the paper shredder because it threw away my worries.”  Yr5 student

“I liked the Prayer Space because it was so calm and fun. It was also really good learning about different ways to pray.”   Yr5 student

“The Prayer Space was nice because it was nice to know God loves us.” Yr5 student

 "I liked the jumping because it made me laugh.” Yr2 student

“I liked the sorry shredder and the breathing and you could forgive your sins. I liked the tent because you can see the stars.” Yr2 student

“I felt happy.” Yr2 student

“This is such a welcoming space. I could spend all day in here.” Staff member


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