I remember the day Columbine happened. I had just brought my second son home from the hospital. I remember feeling powerless in that moment. Should we even bring more children into this crazy world?
I did the same thing then that I do today, which is to go to my knees and pray. Praying is the most powerful thing most of us can do to keep our children safe.
We have an incredible opportunity to join like-minded parents and intercede for our children, for our entire school.
That’s why I joined a Keep Watch prayer walk at my children’s school.
And amazing things have happened! Teachers routinely stop us in the hallway and thank us. They tell us how different attitudes and behaviors are since we’ve started praying.
While I am praying through the building, can I use this opportunity to talk with my child's teachers about their academic progress or behavior in the classroom?
We are granted access to the schools to pray. Conversations with teachers regarding a volunteer’s child should be scheduled at another time.
While we love children, we are respectful of the time needed by teachers before and after instructional hours to focus on their responsibilities without distraction. Thus, we have assured administration that KW volunteers will not bring infants/preschoolers with them.
Since prayer walks are adults only, we encourage you to create a plan to pray for the principal, teachers and the kids in your child’s class. Make this a missional family prayer focus at meals or before bed. You could also pray for one classmate/day each month.
Some schools have a breakfast hour that kids can attend during the prayer walk. Other parents trade off watching kids so each mom can pray every other week
While we encourage sharing about training and special events on social media, we ask that you do not give the names of specific schools/districts where we are or are not yet praying.
Most people are affirming about KW but we are aware that others have ill intent and would like to cause a disruption of our prayers.
We invite families to participate in Summer Blitz, the third week of June. We pray outside of schools we are not yet praying in during the school year.
Pray and Play during July is a time when families play on their school playground and then pray together for their school-principal, teachers, students.
Parents frequently gather to rehash issues that burden them. Is a prayer walk more beneficial than that?
God is giving parents the peace of knowing that their child and teacher, in addition to the whole school community, are being covered in prayer. God is the one who has the power to change hearts and circumstances, so we bring our requests to Him.