WATCH: Engaging ways to explore religion

Children were given the chance to explore faith and spirituality in creative and imaginative ways when a classroom was transformed into a fun-filled learning area.

The prayer space was installed at St Michael’s C of E First School, in Alnwick, last week, helping youngsters to think about life and God.

Abigail Lundy and Ellen Hardisty hang their prayer questions with Rev Julia Myles. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Abigail Lundy and Ellen Hardisty hang their prayer questions with Rev Julia Myles. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

The initiative is becoming a national phenomena, allowing children to pray, ponder questions and reflect on life in a specially-prepared area or room with stimuli that provoke thought, wonder, prayer and reflection.

The space at St Michael’s had a number of different themes, including one which explained the characteristics needed to be a good friend and another focusing on world justice.

Children also learned about forgiveness and had the chance to ask God a series of questions.

Rev Julia Myles, curate at the town’s St Michael’s Church, said: “The prayer space gives children the opportunity to understand that praying isn’t just hands together, eyes closed.

“It allows children to engage in different ways and ask God different questions. It lets children be children and God be God.”

Prayer spaces are for people of any faith, or even none at all. Last Thursday, other schools and churches in the town were invited to St Michael’s First School to see the prayer space, during an open event.