Blessed, not stressed, is a hit at school

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TOO Blessed To Be Stressed was among the spiritual acitivities on offer during a special week at a Bognor Regis school.

They took place during the first prayer week to be held at Nyewood C of E Junior School.

The activities were staged in the school hall which became a spiritual prayer environment.

It contained 20 interactive activities which all encouraged the children to experience spiritual reflection and the various mediums of prayer.

They also included Jump for Joy, which was a real favourite with the children, and Stop the Traffic to allow the students to reflect upon the human effects of modern slavery.

Amelie Turan, nine, is a member of the school council and worship team. She said she was delighted to experience the joy of prayer during the event.

“The prayer week has been an amazing experience and enriched our understanding of the wonder of prayer.”

Some of the pupils also created prayer plates on which they wrote prayers for different situations.

The week was organised by Carolyn Clader, who is a higher level teaching assistant at the school in Brent Road.

Several members of the local clergy, the school’s governors and also parents were able to join the children.

By taking time away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life, and entering into the calm atmosphere, they were able 
to reflect upon their own and others’ experiences through various forms 
of prayer.

Father Trevor Marshall, the curate of St Wilfrid’s Church in Bognor, said: “There were so many interesting and innovative prayer stations set out that it offered all young people the opportunity to find something that connected with their own prayer life.”

Head teacher Jon Williams was so encouraged by the reception given to the week that he has already begun to work on the next one.

“The week has been a brilliant success and the children have even requested that it is repeated in the future.

“Many of the students have enthusiastically described the impact the experience has had on their everyday lives, explaining that they now see how fun and exciting prayer and spiritual thinking can be.”