Community can mean all sorts of things. It can refer to the geographical area where we live, where we work or attend school, or it can refer to a group of people with whom we share common values, opinions, experiences, club memberships, etc.
Pupils are part of a school community – they share a building, lessons and experiences with a group of people five days in a week. The group of people who they hang around with after school in the park, or the sports team they’re participate in, will be another community.
But what about the people who feel less connected? What about people who are lonely, unloved, unwanted – the next door neighbours who are difficult to get on with, for example – are they part of the community too?
This prayer activity encourages pupils to think about their local community, to reflect on what they think and feel about it, and then to pray for people and places where there is need.