The start of 2019 has seen an exciting ‘refresh’ of our prayer groups right across the school.
In Junior School we now have ‘Prayer Zone’. Students in Prayer Zone have been learning how to use their hands to prompt them in prayer. Chaplain Carol Ramsey explained, “Looking at our right hand we can be reminded of who we should pray for, the thumb is those closest to us, our pointer is those who teach us, our longest finger is for those who lead us, our next finger is for those in need and the little finger is prayer for ourselves.”
1 John 5:14 says, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.’ It is a privilege to help our young children understand that we can come to God with all our prayer requests.”
In Middle School we now have ‘Crew Prayer’ for Years 5 and 6 and ‘Crew Bible’ for Years 7 and 8. Each of these groups is designed to help develop Middle School student’s relationship with God. School Captain, Jessica Humphreys loves heading up the Crew Prayer Group and is very fond of these Year 5 and 6 students. “These students love to pray for each other, their peers and our College,” said Mrs Ramsey.
Senior College has a new small group called ‘CrossFit’ – a play on words. Mrs Ramsey commented, “I belong to a CrossFit gym which engages in high intensity fitness activities. I know that developing physical fitness can be a priority for young people but I wanted them to understand that our spiritual fitness should also be a priority. Our Senior College students open the Bible each week, reading, discussing and learning together from God’s Word. It’s one of my favourite times of the week.”
Chapel has taken on a different look this year. Instead of meeting fortnightly we now have Chapel each week for 40 minutes. Chapel has been organised to be varied and have a specific focus, with Worship Chapels, Testimony Chapels, ‘All in’ Chapels and Community Focused Chapels.
“The rewarding part of Chapel for me,” said Mrs Ramsey, “is having students lead it. In Senior College it is led by our Captains and Worship Team. In Middle School we have members of our Crew Bible help run Chapel plus a wonderful committed sound team.
So far this term Mrs Cochrane and Mr Walton have shared at Chapel as well as Luke Williams and of course Mrs Ramsey. The students loved hearing from Mrs Cochrane who shared how God has helped her through her recent health struggles and Mr Walton modelled the S.O.A.P (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) method while looking at Jesus’ life as a child.
Weekly Chapel is an important part of our College. Chapel provides an opportunity for students to experience God at work in a corporate setting. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where there are two or three gathered in my name, there I am with them.”
We know that God is with us when we are alone but we know we are stronger together.