Prayer forms a central part of our everyday routine. We pray to give thanks, to ask for help, and to worship our Lord. We pray in a variety of ways and in the languages of our ākonga. We use and learn about our Traditional prayers as well as using and learning about imaginative prayer.
Term Three, week one, sees all children participate in an imaginative prayer module. This includes using bible stories, art and music as prompts for prayer.
Senior students listen to a bible reading. They then close their eyes and listen to the bible reading again. Identifying with one character, they listen to the bible story again, imagining what it would have felt like, sounded like, looked like and smelt like to have been there in the story. They are then encouraged to write or say the prayer that the Holy Spirit impressed upon them. This type of prayer helps us to connect with the humanity of Jesus and reminds us that Jesus is with us in our everyday lives.
This method of prayer has captured the children's imagination and artistic skills. It can be added to, once started, and can be used as a quiet, reflective activity for the whole family. How about putting a piece of paper and a box of coloured felts on the table and let everyone add to it as they feel the need? An awesome family prayer activity for the holidays!
This is a poster that we have on our walls at school. It answers some questions that children have around prayer. Feel free to download this poster and put it up at home.
Below is a lovely prayer that was written in World War II. It still holds an important place in our daily lives today!
October is the month of the Rosary.
As a school we will join together in prayer to say the Rosary.
Children may bring their own Rosary Beads to school to pray with, if they wish.