Kimarley Walker Mar 13, 2017
Situated at the entrance of the Willowdene Group of Schools just across from the Administrative building, is a very scenic and beautiful garden. This special area is now the home of the Willowdene Group of School’s first prayer garden.
The garden was dedicated on Wednesday March 8, 2017, during a special prayer and dedicatory service, held to celebrate the General Conference’s International Day of Prayer for Seventh-day Adventist Schools.
“Prayer is an important and essential part of the Willowdene group of School’s existence,” Mr. Peter Williams, Principal of the Willowdene Group of Schools reminded the students and teachers. “Do not be embarrassed to be seen praying, prayer is powerful.” He continued, “We want to encourage everyone that whenever you feel the need, stop by the garden and pray it will be a transformational experience.
Prayers of dedication were offered by Mrs. Jacqueline Turner, Grade One Teacher at the Willowdene Preparatory, Mrs. Rosemarie Robinson Porter teacher at the Willowdene Early Childhood Division and Mrs. Janice Sewell HOD Business and Information Technology Willowdene High School.
Launch of the IPRAY Initiative
This dedicatory service also facilitated the launch of the IPray Initiative by Pastor Vincent Lounds, Chaplain of the Willowdene Group of Schools. IPray, is a tool that will be used to teach students to appreciate prayer, by learning how to pray for themselves and others.
Consequently, special days have been set apart when students will meet to have praying practice sessions to adequately prepare them for the upcoming Week of Prayer programme in April 2017, as well as the community impact to take place in that same week. “It is during these sessions that students will develop the confidence and faith in God needed to pray more effectively,” he concluded.