A key part of our engagement in the parishes is to work in the community and with the schools to help create fully rounded places of nurture, learning and opportunity for young and old alike. This means encouraging people to explore life questions – forgiveness, injustice, thankfulness, identity, stillness – and questions of spirituality and faith for themselves in safe and creative ways, and helping everyone to flourish and grow.
We are not in any way trying to direct the children. The point of a prayer space is to help children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore those “life” questions and “God” questions as mentioned above in a safe, creative and interactive way. We call it a prayer space rather than a reflection space because a good way of describing prayer is that it is simply giving attention to God. We should all find space to do that at some point, even those of us who feel certain there is no God, because it gives us time to think and reflect on the mysteries of life and helps us to grow as people.