LightSpace are present in 16 primary schools in Grantham providing many different services.
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Throughout the year, LightSpace leads of clubs in primary schools across Grantham. The clubs are run jointly between Jennie and local volunteers trained by LightSpace and with a member of staff at the school present.
The purpose of these clubs is for all children to have the space to reflect and respond to the stories of the Christian faith and consider how Christianity can make a difference in their lives, the school community and the wider world.
We offer a number of different styles of Club. We will happily work with you to discover the best club for your school.
We hope to provide collective worship which is inspiration, invitational and inclusive reaching the school community in accessible ways to connect to the stories and values of Christianity.
Collective Worship can be the most special nurturing moment in the school day. It is the heartbeat of the school day. A the breathing space within the business of the day where all can come together to focus and reflect as a school community.
We aspire to provide space for children and teaching staff to have the opportunity to worship God through Jesus Christ without losing sight of the different starting points of children, and for the need of collective worship to take in to consideration the different developmental ages of children. The collective worship will be Christian in character.
Jennie works with you to continue to adopt the established pattern of collective worship in your setting and is also available to help you consider new ideas and themes in your planning nurturing and developing this very special time in the life of the school further. She is very happy to fit with the planning themes you may have chosen for each term and discussion with you ways in which together children may be nurtured to understand those themes for themselves fully.
There will always be opportunity for the children to engage , reflect upon and respond within collective worship on each occasion. Jennie will also involve the children in telling the story, in fun link activities, and in response time. For key stage 1 puppets may even come along too to help!
Open the Book provides primary school children with an opportunity to hear key Bible stories from a team volunteers from local churches. These volunteers present the stories during collective worship. Each presentation takes 10-15 minutes, and involves excellent props, scenery, and drama: Open the Book brings Bible stories to life! It is a 3-year rolling programme with optional material based on Christian values.
Prayer Spaces in Schools enable children of all faiths and none to explore life questions, spirituality, and faith in a creative and interactive way. Taking a broadly Christian Perspective as a starting point, prayer spaces give children an opportunity to develop skills of personal refection and to explore prayer in an inclusive and safe environment. We sensitively and purposefully invite children and the wider school community to make their own meaning and draw their own conclusions from these inspirational spaces.
Prayer Spaces are developed through conversation with leadership teams of schools. We can transform an area of school with a creative range of activities designed to encourage personal reflection on issues or values related to school life.
Prayer spaces will be offered to you by our trained volunteers and Jennie, working in full co-operation with the school team.
Godly Play is a small group activity or supported RE lesson where all are invited to engage with the stories of Christian faith. This is done by:
- Creating Sacred Space
- Building and working in community
- Learning religious language
- Using religious language to make meaning
A typical Godly Play session includes a time to:
- get ready
- tell a story using objects and artefacts
- explore the story more with open questions and discussion
- respond with a free choice using a variety of materials – art… silence… play… writing…
- enjoy a simple feast and sharing – this often happens first as the children eat together for lunch
Jennie and our lovely volunteers can come to your school to lead workshops with Key Stage 1 and 2 about creation care, with year 6 we can run 'It's Your Move' workshops preparing for the transition to secondary school and with year 3 and 4 we can offer 'Diary of a Disciple' workshops.
At times in schools everyone needs a listening ear. As a lay worker Jennie is qualified and experienced in pastoral care, bereavement care, and trauma care. Jennie is available if necessary to provide support to children and adults within the life of the school.