Over the past few months, we have been developing our new Prayer Garden. This sits at the centre of the school, reminding us that Christ is also at the centre of our school and with us in all that we do. Already it is being used regularly as a place of reflection by each class and at lunch time Rosary Club takes place, led by a member of staff, with many children choosing to attend. The children write their own prayers on the prayer board, which get washed away as God listens to the prayers.
At the end of Bishop Philip’s visit on the 8th June, he blessed the Prayer Garden. He sprinkled it with holy water and said a few prayers, asking that God be with everyone who uses the garden.
The main focus point of the garden is the beautiful mosaic which was designed and made by the children. It incorporates St. Joseph, our patron saint; our school’s mission statement – We are all God’s children and will try to live, love, work and serve as Jesus taught us; the tools that St Joseph would have used as a carpenter, with the nails also reminding us that Jesus was crucified.
Also within the garden, there are other focal points including:
- The Olive Tree, kindly donated by the PTA, which has hanging prayers written by families within the school.
‘But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the loving kindness of God forever and ever.’ Psalms 52: 8
- A water fountain to bring peace and tranquillity.
‘Jesus said, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’’ John 4: 13-14
- A wooden cross to remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us.
‘So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified. They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on each side, and Jesus in between.’ John 19: 17-18.
Here are some of the comments from the children:
‘Everyone likes the prayer garden because it’s a nice place to go and pray and show love to God.’
‘Rosary club is fun because I enjoy praying and becoming closer to God.’
‘The Prayer Garden is peaceful and we go there to pray and speak to God.’
‘I really enjoy Rosary Club because it helps me think about things that are going on in my life and around the world and I can pray about them.’
‘The Prayer Garden is a lovely place where I can pray to God.’