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Christ Church, CEP Academy, Brockman Road, Folkestone, Kent

Prayer in our School

Prayer is a natural and valued part of our Christ Church School culture.

Prayer in our school is invitational and children and staff can engage in purposeful and valued prayer if they choose to.

All those who wish to do so will have regular opportunities to pray and reflect individually and with others.

Pupils and staff value Prayer and can reflect in formal and informal contexts about how being still and reflective in their own lives can be helpful.

 

Our Academy Prayer

Every class thought about ideas for our school prayer.

After that, worship leaders met and used these ideas to write the final version.

 

Indoor Prayer Spaces

We have dedicated spaces in and around our school for interactive prayer. Children and staff use the prayer spaces regularly.

Classrooms have spaces for Prayer and reflection and we have communal areas in the corridors for prayers to be written on special boards for all who pass by to read.

 

 

Outdoor Prayer Spaces

We have a dedicated outdoor prayer and reflection area which provides pupils with the opportunities for spiritual development outside of lessons. The children engage with the space and are able to access it in the playground during break times.

 

Prayer Club

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We have Prayer clubs running throughout the week where the children can some and pray at lunchtimes with other children.

This has grown into a thriving club and we now have three lunchtime prayer clubs.

Year 4 Prayer club leaders run a club on Wednesday lunchtimes for year 1 children. They can have up to 20 children each week. The prayer club leaders have taken on the responsibility of running the club themselves.

Year 6 Prayer club leaders run a club on Thursday lunchtimes for year 2 children. They also get up to 20 children weekly.

We also have Prayer club on a Friday lunchtime for years 3,4,5 and 6 run by staff.

Prayer clubs are a place the children come and can prayer in different ways but themselves and together.

Children bring things to pray for and ask for prayer by other members if they know of someone with a need or prayer request.

 

Peace Garden

Within our school site, we have a garden area behind the community building which is a peaceful and quiet space and especially beautiful in the spring when the blossom trees in their full radiance.

We are currently underway with developing our special garden further to include a labyrinth, some additional seating, stepping stones and areas for quiet reflection.

 

The Haven and The Sanctuary

We recognise that life can be busy, challenging and is full of highs and lows, and so we have set aside calm, restful spaces for both our children ('The Haven') and adults ('The Sanctuary') to seek refuge and gain the strength and resilience to carry on.