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Christmas 2014

2013 - 2014 Posted on Wed, December 17, 2014 17:06:53

Ho-ho-ho
everyone! Christmas is almost upon us
with 2014 fast drawing to a close.
Instead of our usual termly news we thought we’d post a copy of our
Christmas newsletter which we hope you will enjoy reading and learn more of
what the Spelthorne Schools’ Prayer Group has been up to this term.

We
wish you all a truly blessed Christmas as we celebrate the coming of the
Saviour of the World – Jesus Christ – remembering that ‘Jesus is the gift that perfectly fits the size
of every heart’.

We
pray for a hope-filled year for us all, whatever it may bring, resting in the
knowledge that we are never alone – what a wonderful promise that is!

With
all good wishes.

SPELTHORNE SCHOOLS’ PRAYER GROUP

WISH YOU ALL A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS
& HAPPY NEW YEAR

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

Cygnet’s Nursery, Laleham CE, 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, Halliford, St. Paul’s Catholic
College, Sunbury Manor & Thamesmead Senior Schools.

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, AND DO THE
WORK. DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED,
FOR THE LORD, MY GOD, IS WITH YOU. HE
WILL NOT FAIL YOU OR FORSAKE YOU UNTIL ALL THE WORK FOR THE SERVICE…OF THE
LORD IS FINISHED. (1 Chronicles 28:20)

Taking this as our motto, we launched into 2014 as the
newly named ‘Spelthorne Schools’ Prayer Group’, having felt led to pray for
more schools and playgroups, thus expanding our area of prayer cover. We have had a most encouraging year, with God
providing numerous opportunities for involvement and blessing us with gifted
members – our two newest recruits, Nicky and Helen, joining us at St. Paul’s Catholic College in November. Times are definitely changing for us as a
group – stretching out our boundaries and accepting challenges which, a few
years ago, we would never have dreamt possible – yet we firmly believe that it
is all God-led and where He leads we must follow, relying on Him totally to
equip and help us. Only He knows what 2015 will bring but one thing we can be
certain of – it will be good, very good!

Nicola, Pauline & Helen at St. Paul’s

Fun time with children & staff at Roseacre Playgroup

NURSERIES
& PLAYGROUPS
We currently pray for 1 Nursery and 3
Playgroups, the new additions being Cygnet’s Nursery at Littleton School & Laleham
CE Playgroup
who we had the joy of visiting in February,
enjoying craft, story and prayer together.
We have enjoyed our termly visits to Roseacre
Playgroup
and were thrilled to hear of their amazing
achievement of being awarded ‘outstanding’ at their summer Ofsted inspection –
well deserved!


SCHOOLS We
now pray for 10 Infant & Junior Schools, 1 Special Needs School and 5
Senior Schools, the new schools being Ashford CE,
Beauclerc and Hawkedale in Sunbury, and Laleham CE.
During the summer term we had the great
pleasure of donating an amazing 663 Scripture Union books to the incoming
Reception Year and current Year 6 children attending some of our schools.


Head Teacher Caroline Dyer at Ashford CE School



David Macgill, Assistant Head
Teacher
at Beauclerc School,
Sunbury

With a record-breaking number of books donated this year
we had to put our thinking caps on regarding some serious fund-raising. In April we held a Car Wash/Cake Sale which
proved a ‘winner’ and definitely worth repeating next year, and 4th
July saw us host a ‘Desserts Evening’ with an American theme of course! We
rounded the year off in style with a ‘Garland-making Evening’, led by a
professional demonstrator, with everyone deservedly thrilled with their
seasonal decorative efforts.

Group member Lesley & helper at the car wash


4th July
Desserts Evening

December Garland-making evening

A new challenge for the group has been the opportunity to
take assemblies
in some of our infant and junior schools, something we have found rather
daunting yet exciting. It has been a
privilege to take assemblies at Springfield and Laleham CE Schools, and it
seems that doors may be opening for us to visit more schools next year.


OTHER
ACTIVITIES THROUGH THE YEAR

In May we highlighted national PRAY FOR
SCHOOLS FORTNIGHT
by presenting a plant and card to each of our
nurseries, playgroups, schools and organisations we support regularly through
our prayers.

Teacher/Prayer
contact Alice at Manor Mead School



Chair of Governors & Dep Head at Bishop Wand with group members Sally & Amanda

FACT (Faith Awareness Children’s Trust) Team who go into several of our schools

September we hosted another successful MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING, this year raising
over £400 including gift aided monies.
We always look forward to this community event, bringing many people
together and providing the opportunity to share about the work of the group.

November we celebrated PRAY
DAY FOR SCHOOLS IN EUR0PE
– a great opportunity to remind our
schools and organisations that we are regularly praying for them. We visited
each one with the gift of a card and tin of biscuits.

Heather (Manager) at Laleham CE Playgroup with group member Elspeth


Staff at Laleham CE School

Rachel Barton (Head) at Littleton CE
School

Co-ordinator:
Val Edwards
info@schoolsprayergroup.org

website: www.schoolsprayergroup.org



Summer Term News

2013 - 2014 Posted on Thu, July 17, 2014 20:56:49

Hi everyone. Here comes Summer and here comes our final
posting for this academic year. We can’t
quite believe that another school year is drawing to a close and the nurseries,
playgroups and schools are about to break up for the summer. We wish everyone a very happy and safe
holiday break, enjoying a time of rest and refreshment.

BOOKS FOR SCHOOLS

It has been a very busy year for our
Schools’ Prayer Group, and this last term has been no exception. One of our major activities has been the
donating of two Scripture Union publications into some of our local Infant and
Junior Schools. Having taken on more
schools this year, the requests for books almost doubled to that of last year,
but we knew at the outset that if God wanted the books in the schools, He would
make the provision. We are, therefore,
thrilled to report that we have been able to present 392 incoming Reception
year children with copies of ‘Get Ready Go’ in readiness for them starting
school in September.

Mrs. Barton, Head Teacher at Littleton CE School, Shepperton, receiving their copies of ‘Get Ready Go’ for the incoming Reception Year children on their induction day.


David Macgill, Assistant Head Teacher with pupil receiving the books at Beauclerc School, Lower Sunbury, for the first time.

A further 271 Year 6 pupils were
presented with copies of ‘It’s Your Move’ as they prepare to move to their
Senior Schools in September. It was a
particular joy to visit Ashford CE School as it is one of our ‘new schools’,
and have the opportunity of meeting Caroline Dyer, the Head Teacher. (Photo below)

A few weeks later one of our group,
Rachel, who, together with her husband, head up the youth ministry at St.
Andrew’s Church, Upper Halliford, had the great pleasure and privilege of
presenting the Y6 pupils with the books at Ashford CE Primary School and also
Saxon Junior School. We are grateful for
this opportunity of visiting the schools and the chance to share with the
children.

As you will have read in previous
postings during the year, we have held various fund-raising events to meet the
total cost of the books, and our final event took place on the evening of 4th
July – yep, stars and stripes were in evidence! We held a Desserts Evening, to
which 25 people attended and a good time was had by all, with the amazing total
of £265 being raised. This not only met the
shortfall for this year but has helped to start us off for next year’s books –
what a generous God we have!

Photo: Guests enjoying good conversation and excellent desserts!

PRAYER SPACES

During June, some of our group
volunteered to help with a ‘Prayer Spaces’ activity at two of our schools –
Littleton CE Primary School and Laleham CE Primary School. ‘Prayer Spaces’ is an interactive spiritual
experience which encourages the children to engage in prayer using creative
hands-on experiences in their school.
They were given the opportunity to take time out and consider different
ways of thinking about God and to reflect on His creation, His care and His
great love for them and the world.

PLAYGROUP VISIT

Our year wouldn’t be complete
without another visit to our very dear friends and most delightful children at
the Roseacre Playgroup. One of our group
members, Eileen, attended and writes:

“On
4th July it was sheer joy for our prayer group to again visit Roseacre Playgroup,
this time in their new accommodation after having to vacate their former venue.
It never ceases to amaze us how well behaved and attentive these little
children are to whatever programme we have. On this occasion the American
Day of Independence was very much in evidence with flags, cowboy hats and
checked shirts worn by the staff, and one little tot was in a dress with Stars
and Stripes. We were amused as some of the little ones did line dancing.
All the children were helped with craft work to take home after which
they all sat on the carpet to listen to Sally with puppet Polly Parrott telling
them that they were very special and that God loved every one of them and how
they could talk to God. We finished with a prayer, and as we had a final chat
with the staff, the little ones went to wash their hands before having their
lunch. The table was suitably adorned with red, white and blue covering
and Stars and Stripes beakers, plates and serviettes (or as the Americans would
say “napkins”)! As a Group, we were really blessed and look forward
to our next visit, possibly in September but certainly at Christmas.

Yahoo! A great time was had by all at the ‘American Independence Day’ during our visit to Roseacre Playgroup in Shepperton.

GOODBYES

With
the conclusion of the school year, some of our teachers are retiring or moving
on, and we wish to take this opportunity of sincerely thanking them for their
much appreciated support of the Schools’ Prayer Group, in some cases, over very
many years. We wish God’s continued
blessings on Mrs. Neves (Head Teacher) and Tom Ready (Deputy Head) as they
leave St. Ignatius School, Toby Miller (Head Teacher) as he leaves Bishop Wand
CE School to take up a post at another school, Maggie Boreham from Ashford CE
School moving to another school, and Sylvie Fletcher from Halliford School who is going to be studying
at theological college.

Thank
you very much for your interest in the Schools’ Prayer Group. If you have any comments or would like any further information,
please do get in touch. Enjoy the summer
and we’ll be in touch next term.



Summer Term News

2013 - 2014 Posted on Thu, June 05, 2014 21:48:24



Hi
everyone and welcome to our latest website posting giving news of our
activities during the last term as well as information about future events.

MAY saw us actively involved in the annual
national “Pray for Schools Fortnight” – an event organised by CARE’s Schools’
Prayer Network (england@prayforschools.org),
Churches Together, New Generation, Scripture Union and Youth for Christ. The vision behind “Pray for Schools Fortnight”
is to make every school in the U.K. a prayed-for school.

As
the Spelthorne Schools’ Prayer Group, it is our aim and desire to make people
aware that there is a prayer group praying for many of the schools in the
Spelthorne area, and for them to know that we are supporting them in prayer
and, where appropriate, also in practical ways.
In the past we have held ‘Days of Prayer’ at two of our senior schools,
and last year we held an event in a home to which we invited teachers, our
schools’contacts and representatives from local churches. This year, rather than invite people to us,
we decided that we would go out to them!
Therefore, during the fortnight 4-18th May, members of the
group visited the organisations, playgroups and schools to deliver a plant and
a card which reflected this year’s theme ‘Rooted in Love’.

Our prayer for
each one was from Ephesians 3:

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in
love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long
and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

Wow! What a fantastic time we had going into the
following organisations and schools, and what a joy and pleasure it has been to
meet so many and be able to put faces to names.
We were extremely grateful and appreciative of everyone giving us some
of their valuable time as they greeted us and, in some cases, showed us around
their schools, all of which enables us to pray more effectively for them.

FACT
(Faith Awareness in Children Trust)

www.thefact.co.uk

Members of the FACT Team receiving their plant and card

Sure
Start Children’s Centre, Shepperton

Jo Scott, Centre Manager

Manor
Mead Special Needs School, Shepperton

Alice Chandler, our Prayer Contact at Manor Mead

Cygnet’s
Nursery, Laleham, Roseacre & Springtime Playgroups

Infant
& Primary Schools: Ashford CE, Beauclerc, Chennestone, Hawkedale, Laleham
CE, Littleton CE, Saxon (photo of Val
from our group with teacher
Pippa Kober receiving plant),Springfield, St. Ignatius RC & St.
Nicholas CE.

Two
of our members were invited to share about the Schools’ Prayer Group in an
assembly at one of our junior schools – this is a ‘first’ and highlights how
God is encouraging us as a group to ‘step out’ for Him.

Senior
Schools: Bishop Wand (photo of two of
our group, Sally & Amanda with Neal Adolphus, Chair of Governors & Mr. Boddington,
Deputy Head
) , Halliford Boys’, St. Paul’s Catholic College, Sunbury Manor
& Thamesmead.

The
“Pray For Schools Fortnight” may be over for another year but we are now
turning our focus to donating Scripture Union books to the pupils who attend
some of our infant and junior schools, (‘Get
Ready Go’
for the incoming Reception children and ‘It’s Your Move’ for the current Y6 pupils in preparation for
senior school). It has been a joy to
have been able to do this for the past 10 years, and this year it gives us
great pleasure to be able to donate them to even more children as we have taken
on three more schools this year.

We
are indebted to dear friends who have kindly made a financial donation to the ‘Book
Fund’, including the Youth Group at St. Andrew’s Baptist Church. We have also held some fund-raising events,
one of which was a Car Wash/Cake Sale in April when we raised the magnificent
sum of £250.

One of our group, Lesley, with a willing helper!

From our group, Kate (L) & Elspeth (centre) with more willing helpers!

We
hope that reading all about our latest ‘happenings’ serves as an encouragement for
you as to what God is doing in our schools – we are humbled and blessed to be
just a small part of the bigger picture!



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