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New Prayer Garden at Barkston Ash Catholic Primary

The disused space!Headteacher Chris Power and class teacher Lizzie Bracewell, placing Mary on her plinthVolunteer Day (2)

Barkston Ash Catholic Primary celebrated the official opening and blessing of their new prayer garden on 30th September 2015. The prayer garden was opened by Parish Priest Father Michael McCarthy and The Reverend Martin Otter. Guests from the local community, staff and the school student council attended the ceremony.

The prayer garden was designed by class teacher Lizzie Bracewell, based on ideas and designs by the children and was created during a volunteer weekend by staff, parents and members of the local community. They transformed a disused area into a beautiful prayer garden with a water feature, cross, statue of Mary, and various plants. The children then took part in a mosaic workshop with local company ‘discover and create’ to create a beautiful mosaic of their school emblem and mission: “With God’s guidance we grow and learn.” Each child and member of staff added their own individual piece to the design.

Mosaic Workshop 2

‘With God’s guidance we grow and learn’

Headteacher Christopher Power said, “The prayer garden is a wonderful addition to our school. It adds to the opportunities for the children’s spiritual development, an essential part of the work we carry out at Barkston Ash. The children have regular group prayer sessions in the prayer garden as well as the opportunity to visit the prayer garden and pray spontaneously. The garden is also open to members of our parish and local community as a place they can visit to pray and reflect.”

A Prayer Garden circle time prayer session

A Prayer Garden circle time prayer session