This year we are introducing St Mary’s Prayer, written especially for our school by the Sisters of Mercy, and in particular by Sisters Margarita and Angela. Sisters of mercy were the founders of our school, over 100 years ago and ever since we have enjoyed a special link with the sisters. We are thrilled to receive this special prayer and adopt it as our school prayer.
Prayer time at St Mary’s provide opportunities for spiritual growth and development through participation in a variety of forms of worship and all forms of prayer – formal, informal, spontaneous, private, shared, petitionary and meditative.
We aim to help the children value and respect the power of prayer and to use it to help strengthen the children’s relationship with God.
We want to be a praying community. It is important for children to know the ‘formal’ prayers of the church which we may all pray together and which we all hear and say with the parish / family communities outside school.
We also value ‘formal’ prayers which have been written especially for children and which hold meaning for them. With these two aspects in mind, we aim to teach particular prayers to the children.
Children are encouraged to develop their individual prayer life through daily participation in collective worship, grace before meals and afternoon prayer.
Prayer does not only mean ‘formal’ prayers. We do hope to help each other to listen to God speaking to us and to respond in our hearts and minds during moments or stillness, reflection and silence.
We also encourage prayer writing by the children themselves.
Each class has a prayer area which provides a focus for prayer in the classroom. Opportunities for prayer arise often from the ‘Come and See’ scheme, but particularly during the ‘Respect’ and ‘Rejoice’ sections.
At St Mary’s, the children are taught to know by heart the following prayers:
During Key Stage 2, children become familiar with and are encouraged to learn: