15th April 2022
“Wow! The music room looks so different!” “It feels so peaceful here.”
Last month, I took an early morning train and a very large coffee to a local primary school in Guildford to help run a prayer space. Sam, the Kids Pastor from Emmaus Road, had done a wonderful job transforming the spacious wooden music room into an environment for encounter. Black drapes hung from the ceiling, fairy lights wound their way past various prayer activities and glass jars, full of twinkling lights, were spread across the space. Soaking worship music softly weaved its way out of speakers and there was a sense of ‘calm’ as soon as you entered the room.
We set up 5 prayer activities:
The pupils engaged so well with each activity, although ‘Let it go’ was a firm favourite in each class. As pupils entered the room, the shouts and loud laughter quietened to a hush (although sometimes we had to remind them), and they became fascinated by the space. Every teacher remarked on this change, and the children and young people were drawn in by the different activities.
As each class left, we tidied and reset the space, taking time to read some of the prayers that were left behind. There were prayers for friends, neighbours and family. There were prayers for reconciliation, prayers for hope, prayers for Ukraine, prayers for the world. It was so moving to see how much they thought and prayed for those outside their normal circles, for justice and for an end to war.