The Link Easter Prayer Space - Acle Methodist Church
Volunteers from Acle Methodist Church created the Link Easter Prayer Space specially for the children of Acle Primary School. Over 2 days, around 185 children and some school staff visited the church and took part in several activities.
The church was transformed with a prayer dome, the road to Jerusalem, a table set for the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, a wooden cross and an empty tomb. The scent of fresh flowers and perfumes filled the air, calming music played, gentle nature videos played on the screen and colourful fairy lights added to the atmosphere.
Each activity was led by a prayer guide from the church, who outlined an aspect of the Easter story and encouraged the children to respond in multi-sensory ways. In the Garden of Gethsemane, children wrote their worries on lollipop sticks and planted them in a tray, along with sunflower seeds. At the ‘Blessings Station’, children heard about the anointing of Jesus and blessed each other with scented oil. A costumed guide explained her reaction when she discovered the empty tomb on Easter morning and encouraged the children to write their hopes and dreams on flowers; the petals were folded in, floated on water and the children watched as the flowers unfolded and ‘blossomed’.
The activities ensured a range of values were explored, including heroes, friends, help, saying sorry and hopes and dreams, as well as the two school assembly themes of the term, thankfulness and compassion.
The Prayer Space concluded on Palm Sunday, when the church congregation was invited to view the prayer stations and make their own responses as part of their worship.
Sara Edwards, who led the Prayer Space on behalf of the church, said, “We have been blessed to see the children engage so thoughtfully in the activities, write their own spontaneous prayers and discuss their views and responses so widely and deeply.”