Every journey begins with a first few steps. When the Prayer Spaces in Schools journey began, we had no idea just how far and deep it would take us.
The first prayer spaces in schools took place in 2007. In four locations around the UK, people with experience of 24-7 Prayer rooms in their churches had the same idea at roughly the same time… that doing something similar – making space for creative reflection and prayer – could work well in their local primary and secondary schools.
The stories of those first four prayer spaces spread quickly and the following year there were twelve more. The year after that, there were another 48, and after that there were a further 100 prayer spaces. To date, we have tracked and supported thousands of prayer spaces in more than 30 nations, and at least a million children and young people have participated in them.
Prayer Spaces in Schools was officially launched as a project of 24-7 Prayer in 2010, along with a small team, a new logo and the first iteration of this website. Since then, it has become a growing hub for the network of practitioners around the world who run prayer spaces in schools. Our (still small) teams oversee the websites, encourage the sharing of resources and good practice, offer a wide range of training workshops, and support local networks.
Prayer Spaces in Schools is a project of 24-7 Prayer (Charity No. 1091413 / Company No. 04176643), and is accountable to 24-7’s leadership team and Board. Find out more about 24-7 Prayer at www.24-7prayer.com
Our mission is the same as it always has been – to equip churches to serve the ongoing pastoral and spiritual life of their local schools communities by hosting great prayer spaces. And our vision is the same too – to help every child and young person reflect and pray.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and with the growing concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, perhaps prayer spaces are needed more than ever before. It’s likely that many of the prayer spaces in schools over the coming months will be themed around ‘recovery’, and we are creating and adapting new resources in response to this.
We are working closely with new coordinators and emerging teams in a number of nations, but we are especially excited to be having conversations about Prayer Spaces in Schools in the USA right now. Tony Tendero is our first national coordinator and he is part of the wider 24-7 Prayer USA teams. If you are interested, or you think you can help us in any way, get in touch with Tony here.
If you can we’d be incredibly grateful. You can join with us a regular supporter, or make a one-off donation.