By nature, children and young people are curious about life. Growing up raises lots of questions, some to do with life's experiences, both the good and the bad, and some to do with the sense of wonder at the universe we live in and whether there’s more to life than meets the eye. Many have an interest in the non-material aspects of life, the spirit or soul, and want to explore how these ideas and experiences help them to develop their own sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose.
Prayer spaces in schools enable children and young people, of all religions and none, to explore these life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. Prayer spaces give children and young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment. The approach purposely allows pupils to make their own meaning and to draw their own conclusions.
At St. Michael Foundation we organize prayer spaces for Form I and Form II every year during lent at Mount St. Joseph, Targa Gap. This experience has always been very powerful for all students, teachers and parents alike. We organize prayer spaces in a big hall transforming it for two days with a range of creative activities that encourage personal reflection on issues such as forgiveness, injustice, thankfulness, big questions, identity and stillness.