At Holy Family, prayer is an important part of school life. Prayer empowers us to serve God through showing care and compassion to others.
Through our daily prayers, the children are able to engage and participate in giving thanks to God and connect with him so that we can carry out his missions and live our lives through him.
"14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him."
1 John 5:14-15
At our school, children are taught traditional Catholic prayers which start with the Sign of the Cross. These prayers include the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Glory Be. Whether we are celebrating or asking for help, we understand how to connect with God.
Children are invited to visit the chapel in school and spend valuable time expressing themselves through prayer and talk with the Chaplaincy team.
The school has a prayer garden which can be used for prayer, quiet reflection and small group or whole class prayer liturgies.
The children are also encouraged to take part in creative prayer with their peers, thanking God for all they have received or asking for guidance on daily matters or current affairs. We provide the opportunity to do this as a group or individually using our classroom 'Prayer Chairs'.
As part of our commitment to the ongoing spiritual development of our pupils we are supporting the children at Holy Family to continue to spread the word of God by praying at home with their families. The children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 have the opportunity to take home the class 'Prayer Bear' to learn our school prayers with their parents and carers and worship together.