Using Parable Prayer Gardens

Suggestions for using a Parable Prayer Garden

a giant weed removed from the vegetable garden at Danby C of E School

a giant weed removed from the vegetable garden at Danby C of E School

  • Becoming spiritually natural and naturally spiritual -integrating some of the creative activities inspired by the Parable Garden themed day and resources into the everyday life of the school – listening into silence, smelling scents, seeing shape and colour, touching textures, noticing feelings to deepen engagement with nature and spirituality
  • ‘Gardening our hearts’© – continuing to use ‘gardening the heart’ material as part of PSHE, as SMSC exercise ,
  • Seasonal reflections in whole school and class assemblies – Parable Garden and other resources available eg poems, paintings, sculptures
  • Exploring Spirituality space -creating a central area in the school where observations, thoughts, feelings can be recorded from times spent outdoors, for example in The sower’s Garden – linked to school values or other identified priorities. A class could be timetabled each week to record thoughts on a black board (similar way to observations from a bird hide) to share in whole school assembly
  • Being still and quiet, drawing or writing outdoors or in The Sower’s Garden –being alive to your senses for example:
    1. (R – drawing a picture
    2. (KS1 – could write sentences about what happens when you are quiet and still – what you notice with your senses
    3. (KS2 – writing a Haiku poem about being still and quiet, in the garden – what we experience with our senses)
  • Exploring Jesus’ spirituality (Classroom) -Pupils could explore how Jesus used the outdoors to pray and reflect why he used parables to explain the Kingdom of God e.g. Consider the birds of the air and the flowers of the field (Matthew 6) The parable of the sower

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    Wonder walking – studying could formations

  • Wonder walking – using the  ‘ I wonder Why?,  I wonder Who? I wonder What?, I wonder When ? and I wonder How’ questions  as pupils take a reflective walk  outdoors around the school green spaces, and in the Sower’s Garden
  • Being still and knowing in the Sower’s garden. Pupils can spend time in the quiet garden participating in stilling and quietening exercises, using their senses to stop, look and listen to become aware of their own sense of spirituality. They can consider the values that they might associate with the experience, such as peace, joy, hope and thankfulness. Simple activities such as listening into silence, smelling scents, seeing shape and colour, touching textures, noticing feelings can be encouraged to help them engage with the natural surroundings.