In February, St James CEP School in Blackburn took two weeks to focus on prayer. As well as exploring different aspects of prayer in their classrooms and assemblies, they also invited Orison to spend a few days at the school. Over three days all the classes in the school visited the prayer space in the infant hall. Here's what some of the staff, parents and team thought:
"Having had time to reflect, i wanted to thank you for bringing such a spiritual experience to us. For the past three days you have filled our school with four hundred thrilled children and staff. It was a joy to witness St. James’ so excited about ‘talking to God’ and I know everyone who took part will carry this with them. It has been a time when we truly felt God’s presence amongst us.
Thank you for your contribution.
Mumtaj Jolly, RE Co-ordinator"
"I am a parent of children at the above mentioned school and was invited to the prayer space. I just wanted to say that the concept is fantastic and the prayer space was so beautiful and engaging. It was certainly a huge insight to see how children really are connected with their inner beings and that this should be nurtured. I was really moved by the prayer requests and the thoughtful questions the children would ask God if he was stood in front of them. There were excellent displays of how negative emotions could be visualised and how these could be neutralised.
Wishing you continued success, Ms A Lohar"
"All of us felt that it was a really good experience for all of us personally, quite apart from what the children gained, which I'm sure was a great deal.
We loved all the equipment you brought with you and especially the way that you communicated so well with the different ages. You're brilliant. I learned such a lot and I know that the other 'girls' found a lot that they will be able to use within our church context.
Jo Hartley, Reader at St James CE Church, Blackburn and volunteer co-ordinator for this project"