Last week, to coincide with our whole school Eco day and our understanding of stewardship, based on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, the Mini Vinnies created a prayer garden based on designs drawn by the children in our school. The prayer garden, situation in a quiet corner of our school garden, was designed and planned around the theme of prayer, showing the four different types of prays: Adoration, Thanks Giving, Confession and Supplication. Plants were chosen to match the colours associated with different times of the Liturgical year and the cross in the middle, picked out in white gravel, was chosen to remind us of the sacrifice made by Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. The prayer garden, which is going to be surrounded by benches, is going to provide our children and staff with a quiet and reflective space in which they can spend a few moments with God.
Here are some comments from the children:
“I think it is a good place to sit and be close to God.” (Alan)
“I find the plants beautiful and elegant.” (Archie)
“I think it is a peaceful and prayerful space.” (Ruby T)
“I think it is a great place to go and connect with God.” (Rebecca)
“I think it’s a place where you can take a moment to appreciate your surroundings and wonder at the beauty of this world which was a gift from God.” (Leni)
“The flowers remind me of the beautiful earth and the four types of prayer. The white cross reminds me of peaceful doves.” (Faith)