Cork Launch of ‘Praying Together’ – Prayers for Primary School Assemblies

On Thursday 6 February 2020, the President of Dublin City University (DCU) Prof. Brian MacCraith, launched Praying Together a new collection of prayers for primary school assemblies.

The President of DCU, Prof. Brian MacCraith with Mrs Jacqui Wilkinson at the launch.

The book contains a wide variety of prayers, each prayer written by a pupil, a class, a teacher or someone connected with a Church of Ireland primary school. The book was the result of a project initiated by Mrs Jacqui Wilkinson who invited all Church of Ireland primary schools to contribute prayers. Jacqui lectures in Religious Education in DCU, teaches the RE Cert (Follow Me programme) to initial teacher education students in DCU and offers CPD and inservice training in the Follow Me programme to existing teachers in Church of Ireland schools. 

Praying Together

The prayers in the book include those which may only be read occasionally, for example when a teacher retires or when there is a school inspection. Others may become regular features of assemblies marking the seasonal events of the school year. There are also prayers for when an urgent response is required, for example, in times of sickness or sadness.

With two pupils of Templebreedy National School were (left) Jacqui Wilkinson, and School Principal, Doris Bryan.

Many of the primary schools in the Diocese of Cork have prayers in the collection, and the diocesan school prayer written by the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, is also included.  On Friday 7th February Jacqui Wilkinson visited Templebreedy National School for their school assembly during which pupils read the Templebreedy National School prayers that had been contributed to the project  and the principal Mrs Doris Bryan was presented with a copy of the book.

Mrs Dorothy Verpancke and the Reverend Isobel Jackson

The Reverend Isobel Jackson, rector of Templebreedy and Mrs Dorothy Verplancke, the retired principal of the school  were  present at the school assembly and Mrs Verplancke  was given a copy of the book which contains two prayers she wrote. All primary schools in the diocese will receive copies of the book in the coming weeks.

The launch at Templebreedy National School

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