Rach Warwick helped Susy Dand and her team set up ORISON (educational and interactive prayer space) in Twyford Secondary School in Ealing on Sunday. They are now into their second day of almost continuous sessions – which are KS3 and KS4 lessons and lunchtimes when the children can return to explore more. Sessions continue in the school until Friday afternoon.
ORISON interacts with Grassroots other projects in various ways. In the world zone prayers are written for individual Tanzanian children who are part of the Grassroots child sponsorship scheme. (The photograph below shows this after the first couple of lessons)
Here is a brief report from Susy:
After 2 days in Twyford and 8 sessions Orison has been well loved.
Students have been praying for gang culture; violence; Media influence on young people’s self image; student desire for a sanctuary – safe places to just be and feel safe; exams; family.
Both staff and students have come back to explore further. 6th formers gave stuck there head round the door wanting to come have a nose round.
One teacher said it all made her quite emotional but was going to come back after school
Here is some of the students response: This was a really good time to pray and reflect, and I think I am better person for it.’ Yr9
‘Can I have this every period 1? I really needed this’ Yr7
‘I never thought about forgiving someone and the freedom it could bring me’ yr9
6 year 9 students sitting cross legged on the carpet in the world zone and watch the DVD about Tanzania. They started asking lots of questions about why things are the way they are in Tanzania.
We have no sessions tomorrow (Wednesday) due to the strike action. Please pray for the rest of the sessions on Thursday and Friday.
Please pray for Twyford school and another Ealing School who will be having ORISON next week.
We’ll post more photos here or on the facebook page when we have them.
Prayers for healing written on a figure with plasters.
The CAGE. The young people sit inside and think about those things that are stopping them being who they were made to be and praying that God would set them free.