WHO WE ARE
We are a group of mums and grandmas based in and around Spelthorne in the UK who originally launched in 1992 when a group of us felt led to pray for the local community, with a very clear directing to schools.
There is great 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 desire for us to stand with all teachers, pupils and their families, committing to pray for them regularly
Back in 1992 we obtained agreement from the respective Head Teachers, we 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, so it is now our joy and privilege to be praying for playgroups Laleham CE, Roseacre & Springtime, infant & junior schools Ashford CE, Beauclerc & Chennestone, Hawkedale, Laleham CE, Littleton CE, Saxon, Springfield, St. Ignatius RC, St. Nicholas CE & Manor Mead, senior schools - Bishop Wand CE, Halliford Boys, St. Paul’s Catholic College, Sunbury Manor & Thamesmead, as well as prayerfully supporting FACT (Faith Awareness Children’s Trust) and our local Children’s Centre.
WHEN WE MEET
We meet fortnightly on Fridays between 10.15 a.m. and 12 noon during term time usually in the coordinator’s home. During the summer term we hold one of our meetings in St. Ignatius RC School’s Prayer Garden (Sunbury) and during the winter term we are invited to have a meeting in St. Paul’s Prayer Room (Sunbury). We also have a telephone prayer chain for urgent prayer requests.
WHAT WE DO
We obtain prayer requests for our meetings from each school in a variety of ways – 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. Where appropriate, an encouragement will be passed on to the relevant school. We pray for the children, their families, all teaching and ancillary staff and any school-related issues, assuring the schools that all prayers are treated in the strictest confidence- having been in existence for a number of years now, we recognize that the success of our group is due to the trust and confidence which has built up over the time.
We also support the schools in practical ways - taking a morning per term at the playgroups, 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 Pray for Schools fortnight each May and the European initiative Pray Day for Schools each November.
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