At our school we believe that prayer is an important part of being a Christian.
Prayer is a central feature of life at Eltham Church of England Primary School because we believe that it not only provides a way of behaving which is kind and loving, but rooted in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who is the Saviour of all. This understanding runs through everything we do: the way adults relate to each other and with children, and the way we encourage children to behave towards everyone.
Prayer is a way of both speaking to God and listening to Him. We speak to him when we say prayers, and these might be prayers of thanks, prayers when we ask Him for something, when we pray for someone else, or say sorry for what we have done wrong. We listen to God by reflecting on what we have seen and heard, and by hearing in our prayers what we should be asking for, or thanking Him for. Jesus told us: “WHEN you pray…” and so prayer is encouraged throughout the day; in class, in the playground, and in times of collective worship.
What we do
At our school, we share a common prayer before lunch and at the end of the day.
For what we are about to receive,
May the Lord make us truly thankful.
At the end of the day:
Lord, keep us safe this night,
Secure from all our fears.
May angels guard us while we sleep,
‘Til morning light appears.
In times of collective worship, we are reminded of the prayer that Jesus taught us to say:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
We will also share the Grace through praying:
The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
We also light a candle as part of our assembly: we do this because a candle is a symbol of Jesus, the light of the world, and because the candle carries on burning, carrying on our prayer, even when we are not speaking. It is also a visible sign that worship has begun.
At the end of our assembly, we blow out the candle to bring that act of worship to a close.