Danesfield CE Community Middle School in Williton, Taunton, welcomed Bishop Ruth on 29 September to officially open and bless the school’s new prayer room ‘The Sanctuary’. Bishop Ruth also took time out to meet the School Council, tour the school and meet members of the local community who have contributed to the project. Danesfield has a strong relationship with local churches who have run popular prayer weeks in the school for the last few years. Following requests from pupils for a permanent prayer space, a room was found that suited the purpose, right at the heart of the school.
Helen Jenkinson, the project lead, has been overwhelmed by the support received from local artists, craftspeople and businesses, as well as the local churches. She says, “It has been a great privilege to work with so many members of our community, and staff and children alike have been touched by their generosity.”
The project came together through the generosity and hard work of clergy, local artists, crafts people and suppliers who gave time and resources to complete the prayer space. It is also a wonderful example of church and schools working together in communities.
Andy and Ruth Levett are local church members who helped set up of the prayer room. They say: “The church here sees supporting our local schools as a priority, as we seek to serve our community and join in the mission of God. The prayer space at Danesfield has been a brilliant example of how local churches can join in with things that schools are already seeking to do – and the church’s willingness to support and celebrate this project has certainly been much appreciated.”
The Sanctuary has already become a very special room at the school and the visit from the Bishop underlines this. It also marks the beginning of a stronger relationship between the school and its local community, and the school would like to make contact with local artists, craftspeople and landscape designers for their upcoming outdoor project.