Prayer has an important and central place in the life of Catholic schools. Whether prayer is private or public, it is recognised as an important way of communicating with God as part of a Catholic school’s identity. Yet finding the right prayer can be stressful, especially when invited to lead prayer with others. These times could be: before a staff meeting, at a weekly staff prayer gathering before or after school, praying with young people in the classroom, searching for meaningful prayers during retreats, before a school board meeting, including a prayer for the school newsletter or for that all-important first meeting of parents with children in a Catholic school. God of the Sandpit is designed to take the stress out of presenting prayer. Part of the challenge is that the language of prayer must meet the needs of those praying. It must be simple and speak ‘truths’ to the heart about God. This is what God of the Sandpit invites the reader to do – develop insights about God’s loving nature.The purpose of this book is two-fold: to provide school communities with fresh and engaging prayers that are timeless and filled with wisdom and to reflect on short, appropriate Scripture that is linked to the prayer topic. Gabby and Rachele created this prayer collection with a special purpose in mind: to help teachers, school staff, students and school communities pray with meaning. How? Our prayers name the questions of the heart to God. Our prayers reflect on decision-making based on Scripture. Our prayers express gratitude to God for the wonder and mystery of life.
Rachelle Tullio has been teaching since 1980. She is married to Gabby and they have four children. She has studied extensively and is currently completing a doctorate. Rachelle is a religious education coordinator and her passion is bringing people to a reflective and spiritual understanding of life. Her understanding of schools and the need to find a suitable prayer material that would ‘speak’ to people before meetings led her to develop this valuable resource.
Gabby Tullio has been teaching in Catholic schools since 1981. He is currently the Deputy Principal of St Francis Xavier Catholic Regional School and is passionate about Catholic education.