WHO WE ARE
We are a group of Christians living in Spelthorne in the UK who originally launched a Schools’ Prayer Group in 1992 when we felt specifically directed to pray for the nurseries and schools in our local community.
There is an ever-increasing need amongst the children and young people in our area as they face huge challenges in their young lives, due to family and social pressures, and we believe it is God’s Will that we support them, their families and all involved in their educational development, by committing to pray for them regularly.
In 1992 we obtained agreement from the respective Head Teachers, and began meeting to pray for most of the schools in the Shepperton & Sunbury area. During 2013 we were approached with a request to pray for schools further afield, hence we re-named to Spelthorne Schools’ Prayer Group. We currently pray for Shepperton Pre-Schools: Cygnets, Littleton Explorers, Roseacre and Springtime, and Laleham CE Playgroup. Infant & Junior Schools: Ashford CE (Ashford), Beauclerc, Chennestone, Hawkedale, Springfield, St. Ignatius RC (Sunbury), Laleham CE (Laleham), Littleton CE, Saxon, St. Nicholas CE, Manor Mead (Shepperton). Senior Schools: Bishop Wand CE, St. Paul’s Catholic College, Sunbury Manor (Sunbury), Halliford Boys, Thamesmead (Shepperton). We also prayerfully support FACT (Faith Awareness Children’s Trust – www.thefact.co.uk), our local Sure Start Children’s Centre and a local children/young people’s charity East to West -www.easttowest.org.uk.
WHEN WE MEET
We meet monthly during term time, alternating Friday mornings 10 a.m. – 12 noon and Friday evenings 7.30 – 9 p.m. We also use a telephone prayer chain for urgent prayer requests. We greatly appreciate being invited to visit several of our infant, junior and senior schools to hold our meetings, which provides a great opportunity to meet teachers and pupils and to feel very much a part of the school whilst praying.
WHAT WE DO
Each member of the group acts as a contact for one or more of the pre-schools and schools and obtains prayer requests for each meeting in a variety of ways – via e-mail, telephone or a prayer book which is kept at the school. At each meeting we pray through the requests, in faith believing that every prayer is heard and will be answered in God’s perfect way, and where appropriate, an encouragement will be passed back to the relevant school. We pray for the children, their families, all teaching and ancillary staff and any school-related issues, giving our full assurance that all prayers are treated in the strictest confidence. Having been in existence for over 25 years now, we recognize that the success of our group is due to the trust and confidence which has built up over the time. Additionally, each month we have a particular school-related topic we focus on and encourage the schools to use the topic as a basis for their requests.
We also support the schools in practical ways – taking a morning per term at the pre-schools, helping with fundraising for the schools’ particular projects, and annually donating books to some of the infant & junior schools. We hold events to highlight the annual Pray for Schools fortnight in May and the European initiative Pray Day for Schools each November www.prayforschools.org.