SPELTHORNE SCHOOLS’ PRAYER GROUP
WISH YOU ALL A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
FACT (Faith Awareness Children’s Trust), East to West, Shepperton Children’s Centre,
Cygnet’s Nursery, Laleham CE, Littleton Explorers, Roseacre & Springtime Playgroups,
Ashford CE, Beauclerc, Chennestone, Hawkedale, Laleham CE, Littleton CE, Saxon, Springfield,
St. Ignatius &St. Nicholas CE Junior Schools, Manor Mead School,
Bishop Wand CE, Hallifrd, St. Paul’s Catholic College, Sunbury Manor & Thamesmead Senior Schools.
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2017 has been an extremely significant year for us as it saw us celebrate our 25th year as a schools’ prayer group – something to give thanks for indeed! As you can imagine, we have seen many changes over the years, both within our schools - personnel, buildings, curriculum and educational policies – and also within the group - members leaving to either move or take on other responsibilities and, sadly, some who have passed away, but also new folk joining us bringing a freshness and greater knowledge of current school life. Changes bring challenges that in some cases take a while to work through, yet we can see God’s Hand in it all and thank Him for His faithfulness. We are also grateful to you all for supporting us and ensuring the deepening of our very special friendship over the years.
Due to family commitments, Val has stepped down as co-ordinator and our new ‘system’ of running the group is working well with you all kindly sending through your requests each month. We trust you have felt uplifted and encouraged by our prayers throughout another year. We have celebrated two special days of prayer this year - in May the ‘Pray for Schools Fortnight’ coincided with our visit to Laleham CE School, where we were thrilled to meet some of the children in their lovely Faith Corner, and in November, the ‘Pray Day for Schools in Europe’, both of which gave us the opportunity to visit our nurseries, playgroups, schools and organisations that we support and take in gifts as a reminder of our friendship and commitment.
Pray for Schools Fortnight Laleham
Pray Day Springtime Nursery
Pray Day Manor Mead
BOOKS FOR SCHOOLS
We were delighted to receive requests for the two Scripture Union publications we donate each year to several of our schools during the summer term and which are always gratefully received. To fund the books we engaged in some fun events during the year, including our popular Easter Event, when we welcomed 25 families to spend a fun-packed couple of hours enjoying Easter-themed activities and share the Easter message. We also ran a successful stall at the Upper Halliford Fun Day in May. We had to dig deep in our belief that God would ensure we covered the cost of the books this year, and at our final meeting we were still short, yet that very day, the shortfall of £200 was met in the most marvellous and unexpected ways – what a faithful God we have!
A few of our grateful schools receiving their books:
We have been thrilled and delighted to receive invitations to visit some of our schools throughout the year: to hold our meetings at Littleton& Laleham CE Schools, to attend Sunbury Manor’s Celebration of Achievement Evening and to help at Bishop Wand CE School’s Open Evening. It is always a joy to visit Roseacre Playgroup in Shepperton and our team, led by Sally and ably assisted by ‘Polly the Parrot’, entertained the children (and staff!) extremely well on visits through the year.
Sally & Polly with some of the group & staff at Roseacre
To round off our year we have been privileged to attend Nativity Plays at Roseacre, Ashford CE and Manor Mead Schools – always a highlight for us and a very fitting way to conclude the year as we look back on God’s provision,guidance, and His ever-present Presence – Jesus Emmanuel, God with us.
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM US ALL AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR