SPELTHORNE SCHOOLS’ PRAYER GROUP

WISH YOU ALL A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

FACT (Faith Awareness Children’s
Trust), East to West, Shepperton Children’s Centre,

Cygnet’s Nursery, Laleham CE,
Littleton Explorers, Roseacre & Springtime Playgroups,

Ashford CE, Beauclerc,
Chennestone, Hawkedale, Laleham CE, Littleton CE, Saxon, Springfield,

St. Ignatius &St. Nicholas CE Junior
Schools, Manor Mead School,

Bishop Wand CE, Hallifrd, St.
Paul’s Catholic College, Sunbury Manor & Thamesmead Senior Schools.

E-mail; info@schoolsprayergroup.org website: www.schoolsprayergroup.org

2017 has been an
extremely significant year for us as it saw us celebrate our 25th
year as a schools’ prayer group – something to give thanks for indeed! As you can imagine, we have seen many changes
over the years, both within our schools – personnel, buildings, curriculum and
educational policies – and also within the group – members leaving to either
move or take on other responsibilities and, sadly, some who have passed away,
but also new folk joining us bringing a freshness and greater knowledge of
current school life. Changes bring challenges that in some cases take a while
to work through, yet we can see God’s Hand in it all and thank Him for His
faithfulness. We are also grateful to you all for supporting us and ensuring
the deepening of our very special friendship over the years.

Due to family
commitments, Val has stepped down as co-ordinator and our new ‘system’ of
running the group is working well with you all kindly sending through your
requests each month. We trust you have
felt uplifted and encouraged by our prayers throughout another year. We have
celebrated two special days of prayer this year – in May the ‘Pray for Schools
Fortnight’ coincided with our visit to Laleham CE School, where we were
thrilled to meet some of the children in their lovely Faith Corner, and in
November, the ‘Pray Day for Schools in Europe’, both of which gave us the
opportunity to visit our nurseries, playgroups, schools and organisations that
we support and take in gifts as a reminder of our friendship and commitment.

Pray for Schools Fortnight
Laleham


Pray Day Springtime Nursery


Pray Day Manor
Mead

BOOKS FOR SCHOOLS

We were delighted
to receive requests for the two Scripture Union publications we donate each
year to several of our schools during the summer term and which are always
gratefully received. To fund the books
we engaged in some fun events during the year, including our popular Easter
Event, when we welcomed 25 families to spend a fun-packed couple of hours
enjoying Easter-themed activities and share the Easter message. We also ran a
successful stall at the Upper Halliford Fun Day in May. We had to dig deep in
our belief that God would ensure we covered the cost of the books this year,
and at our final meeting we were still short, yet that very day, the shortfall
of £200 was met in the most marvellous and unexpected ways – what a faithful
God we have!

A few of our grateful schools receiving their books:


AshfordCE


Chennestone



LittletonCE


St.IgnatiusRC


VISITS

We have been
thrilled and delighted to receive invitations to visit some of our schools
throughout the year: to hold our
meetings at Littleton& Laleham CE Schools, to attend Sunbury Manor’s Celebration of
Achievement Evening and to help at Bishop Wand CE School’s Open Evening.
It is always a joy to visit Roseacre Playgroup in Shepperton and
our team, led by Sally and ably assisted by ‘Polly the Parrot’, entertained the
children (and staff!) extremely well on visits through the year.

Sally & Polly with some of the group
& staff at Roseacre

To round off our year we have been
privileged to attend Nativity Plays at Roseacre, Ashford CE and Manor Mead Schools
– always a highlight for us and a very fitting way to conclude the year as we
look back on God’s provision,guidance, and His ever-present Presence – Jesus
Emmanuel, God with us.

A VERY HAPPY
CHRISTMAS FROM US ALL AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR