Thursday, 27 April 2017

Prayer Spaces in Schools Australian Tour

If you haven't heard of Prayer Spaces in Schools, now is the time to find out! One great place to start is the Prayer Spaces in School website or you could check out the video in the bottom of this post. The most important thing to know is that Phil Togwell from Prayer Spaces in Schools (UK) is coming to Australia in August. Find out more about the tour here.

Brisbane - Wed 9th August - St John's Anglican College

Canberra - Mon 14th August - Radford College

Sydney - Tuesday 15th August - Ravenswood School for Girls

Adelaide - 
Thursday 17th August - St Peter's College

Melbourne - Friday 18th August - Caulfield Grammar School

(Cost $80 - includes morning tea and lunch)


If you want to find out how amazing Prayer Spaces are and learn how you might use them in your school come and join in. The tour is being organised by the Anglican Schools Commission in Southern Queensland but all are welcome.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Super Cool Story of Jesus

Easter isn't over and school is back! 

Time to follow up the story of Jesus with lower primary students. This short video from the Bible Society UK might help you do it.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Prayer Resources on the Web

No doubt there are a million prayer resources on the internet. I thought I would mention a few that I like or find interesting.

The other day I stumbled upon a site called The Dear God ProjectAnyone can post a prayer on the site. While it doesn't seem to be a particularly popular site and its Facebook page only has a few thousand likes I find the idea intriguing.  I also liked the way they have laid out of the prayers with a picture. Some of the prayers are particularly sad - about loneliness, divorce and other hurts.

Operation World is a well known prayer resource from an evangelical perspective.It has a focus on praying for the world. It has information about specific countries and a list of different prayer needs for that country. They also have prayer calendars and resources to help organise those who want to pray in a more systematic way.

The Anglican Board of Mission Australia has its own prayer resources in the form of a Prayer Diary. It is specifically a resource for prayer focussed on mission and for those who work in partnership with ABM throughout the Anglican Communion.

Finally the Church of England has a whole lot of prayer resources on their website. I particularly like their Topical Prayers section that has lots of prayer for things happening in the world right now. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Church tells school children "ewe matter"

We are living in a period of history in which more generations are alive together than at any previous period, but those generations are more disconnected from one another than ever before.

For this reason Anglican Schools and Anglican Churches have an amazing opportunity. On the one side and abundance of young people and on the other an over supply of older people. Inter-generational engagement is one way to bring the two groups together to learn from one another. Below is the way some Dioceses in England are approaching this task. I wonder what Australian schools could do?

"Life-size fibreglass sheep have arrived at schools across the Diocese of Winchester as part of ‘Ewe Matter’, a new inter-generational initiative across Hampshire and Dorset’s church schools that aims to foster closer links between schools and the parishes in which they sit."

"As part of the project, worshippers from local parishes, particularly from older generations, will come into schools to lead assemblies, read with pupils, help them in the classroom and share their skills and experience. The project aims to help students to think positively about their self-worth as well as the value of the skills and experience of people from other generations."