Family & Faith at Home

Family & Faith at Home

Creative ways to pray

Hello everyone! What a very strange time we’ve been having over these past few months, I wonder how you all are. Have you been missing coming to Kids Church? I know I have. It’s been hard not seeing family and friends, not being able to go to school or do lots of our normal fun things hasn’t it? I wonder if any of you have been feeling bored? No?! Not even on a rainy day when there’s nothing to do?

 

There is one really exciting thing that we can always do though, wherever, whenever, lockdown, social distancing… whatever! Can you guess what this super exciting thing is? Well, I’ll tell you... it’s... prayer! Talking to and listening to our Heavenly Father that loves us, cares for us, knows exactly what we’re going through... oh and made the whole entire universe! I told you it was exciting didn’t I! God just loves to hear from his children. Jesus teaches us in the Bible (Matthew chapter 6) that we don’t have to talk in a special voice or use long, clever words, we should come just as we are. Did you know that you can talk to God about anything, he wants to hear all about it, in fact he’s always listening to us... isn’t that wonderful!


So with this in mind, the Kids Church team want to encourage and inspire you and your families to discover new and creative ways to connect with our awesome God in prayer this summer. We hope you find some of the ideas on this page helpful – please share with us how you get on, we’d love to hear how God is speaking to you! And if you have any other ideas for creative ways to pray we’d love to hear about them too.

 

We hope you all have a great summer.

 

With Love,

The Kids Church Team


Thank you so much to Lydia and Tobias for sharing these wonderful praise poems with us...



Glitter Prayers

 

You will need

  • Clear plastic bottle or empty jar

  • Glitter

  • Water

Create!

  • Put some glitter in the bottom of your bottle or jar

  • Fill it up with water (not quite to the top)

  • Firmly secure the lid

Pray

 

As you shake the bottle, think of things that have "shaken" you up. Things that are worrying you or things you are sad about. Ask for God's help.

As the glitter swirls around think about how beautiful it is and about all the beautiful things God has given us. Thank him for them.

As the glitter settles and calms take time to pause and listen. Is God saying anything to you today?

 

Focus/Themes – Worry, Thankfulness, Listening to God

 

Useful Scripture - Philippians 4:6

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.’


Play Dough Prayers

 

You will need

  • Play dough

Create!

  • Think about all the good things in your life, of someone or something that you are really grateful.

  • Use your play dough to make a model of the person or thing you have thought of.

Pray

 

As you make your model say thank you to God for that person or thing you are making. You might also like to think about how God made that person or thing for real and he made you too!

 

Focus/Themes – Thankfulness


Nature Collage Prayers

 

You will need

  • A large sheet of paper

  • Glue (optional)

  • Collection of collage materials

Create!

  • Next time you go for a nature walk or explore your garden at home, or maybe you’ll even get a trip to the seaside…pick up natural items that you find interesting (leaves, sticks, seeds etc) and keep them somewhere safe.

  • Arrange your finds on a large piece of paper to create a collage (stick them down if you can), it can be any shape you like. Check out the Faith and Families page from 26th April to see Michelle’s beautiful heart shaped example.

  • You might even want to create a picture or word with your objects or use additional bits and bobs around your home and garden, like buttons, bottle tops, and bits of packaging… whatever you like!

Pray

 

Look at your collage and how different all the objects are. What words would you use to describe them? What are the textures like? How many different colours can you see? Thank God for His wonderful and varied creation.

Just like all the different things in your collage make a beautiful picture, in the same way all the people on earth make God’s beautiful picture of humanity complete. And you make that picture beautiful! Thank God for all the different sorts of people he has made and that we are loved by Him and are called God’s children. How amazing is that! 

 

Focus/Themes – Thankfulness, Creation, Praying for others

 

Useful Scripture – Psalm 100:3

Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.’


A Family Tradition

Faith, fantasy & teeth!

 

Apparently, one survey has shown that young children are receiving less money in real terms for their milk teeth than they used to! Expect a kids’ protest march any time soon!

 

But it’s not just the question of how much money each tooth should attract that Christians face; it’s whether the ‘tooth fairy’ should feature at all.

 

You would not believe the passion with which different views are promoted on the internet. Some would say it’s normal for young children to fantasise and they grow out of the ‘tooth fairy’ quite naturally as they mature.

 

Others believe that by colluding with a fantasy, parents run the risk of confusing their children about what they should believe is true; will faith in Jesus equate to belief in Father Christmas, for instance.

 

One way of handling this is to make a clear distinction between your child’s imaginings and the beliefs you share with your child.

 

So, your child may come up with all kinds of fantasies that are simply part of the development of their imagination; the Christian parent is willing to listen to the ideas and doesn’t necessarily dismiss them out of hand (unless they are clearly unhealthy) but the parent never gives credence to them; the child then senses there is a real difference when the parent faithfully shares the true story of Jesus.

 

What do we do about teeth, then?

 

Whatever your child thinks happens, why not create a simple ceremony where the child hands over the tooth and it is placed in a designated container, where a coin or coins (depending on how generous you are) are waiting.

 

Then, say a prayer, thanking God for another wonderful sign of growing up.



Gratitude Jars

 

You will need

  • Empty Jar, box or tin (without a lid)

  • Paper cut into smallish pieces or post-it notes

  • Pens or pencils

Create!

  • Decorate your jar, box or tin anyway you like then put it somewhere you can see it with the pens and paper or post-its next to it – this is a great activity to get the whole family involved!

  • Write down or draw something you are grateful for on the small pieces of paper and put it into your jar, you might like to do this at the same time each day, such as just before bed or at a mealtime.

Pray

 

Once a week empty your jar together as a family and praise God in worship and prayer for all the things in your jar!

 

Focus/Themes – Thankfulness, Praying together

 

Useful Scripture - Colossians 3:15

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.’

Paper Aeroplane Prayers

 

You will need

  • A4 Paper

  • Pens or pencils

Create!

  • Think about anything that maybe worrying you at this time. What are the things or situations that make you feel sad?

  • Write or draw a message to God, telling him what you’re worried or feel sad about.

  • Fold the paper into an aeroplane (see diagram above!)

Pray

 

Once you have completed your aeroplane, go into the garden and launch your plane! As you let go, imagine giving whatever you’ve put on your plane to God, pray a simple prayer out loud, such as… ‘Dear God, thank you that you care for me and that I can trust you. I give you all my worries and the things that make me sad, Amen’.

 

Focus/Themes – Worry, Praying for ourselves, Praying for others

 

Useful Scripture - 1 Peter 5:7

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.’


Bubble Prayers

 

You will need

  • Bubble mix

Pray

 

The Bible says that we can throw (or blow!) all our worries to God, because God cares for us. Go out into the garden (or open a window!)

What are you worried about today? As you blow the bubbles imagine that you are blowing the bubbles to God. You may want to use the prayer from the aeroplane prayer activity or simply spend time with God as you watch the bubbles float away.

 

Focus/Themes - Worry, Praying for ourselves, Praying for others

 

Useful Scripture - 1 Peter 5:7

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.’



Paper Dolls Prayer

 

You will need

  • Large Paper (or smaller paper stuck together)

  • Scissors

  • Pens, pencils

  • Collage materials (optional)

  • Glue (optional)

 

Create!

  • Think about those people in your life that you would like to pray for regularly. The people you live with or friends that you’re thankful for. Maybe you know someone in particular need, someone that’s poorly or worried about something.

  • Once you’ve decided on who, it’s time to make them in paper doll form! Fold your paper into 3, 4 or 5, (depending on the size of your paper and how many ‘dolls’ you’d like to make) concertina the paper as you go.

  • Draw a simple person shape and cut out going through all the layers of paper at the same time(or use the template below).

  • Decorate your paper dolls to represent each of the people you’d like to pray for.

Pray

 

Put your paper dolls somewhere you’ll see them regulary as a reminder to pray for those people.

 

Focus/Themes – Praying for others

 

Useful Scripture – James 5:13

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.’


World Map Prayers

 

You will need

  • A map of the world (as a colouring sheet if you would like) or a globe

  • Post its or small pieces of paper and blu-tac

  • Colouring pens or pencils (optional)

Create!

  • If you have access to a printer, try printing off a colouring sheet of the world.

Pray

 

Look at the map or globe, what an amazing and varied world God has made! Do you know anyone who lives in a different place or community? Can you find a place or country that you have heard about on the news recently? Have you studied a certain country, language or culture at school that particularly interests you?

Either place a sticker or a Post-it onto the globe or map or colour in a country you want to lift up to God today, as you do this pray for God’s peace and healing in this place.

 

Focus/Themes – Praying for others

 

Useful Scripture – Psalm 24:1-2

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.’


Prayer Dens

 

You will need

  • A cosy corner or a space in your room to build a den!

  • Sheets, blankets, comfy cushions etc

  • Fairy lights and/or other decorations (optional)

Create!

  • Build yourself a den, make it comfy and peaceful.

  • Decorate it how you like – make it your special place

Pray

 

Did you know that the word ‘holy’ simply means, ‘set apart’? For hundreds of years, people have discovered that being set apart from other people helps them to be more aware of themselves and also of God. Use your den as a place to be still, breathe slowly, be still and listen to what God might be saying. You might like to have writing/drawing equipment in your den to use as you spend time with God too.

 

Focus/Themes – Listening to God

 

Useful Scripture – Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.


Fizzy Forgiveness Prayers

 

You will need

  • Clear jug, jar or large bowl

  • Water

  • Vitamin C tablets (or a spoon of sugar also works)

Create!

  • Fill your jug, jar or large bowl with water.

Pray

 

Have you ever felt hurt by something another person has said or done to you? Holding onto those hurtful things and remembering them can make us feel sad, or angry. The Bible teaches us that forgiveness is about letting go and it’s also what Jesus tells us we must do. Take a piece of vitamin tablet (or spoon of sugar) and think about your hurt feelings. When you feel ready, drop it into the water. As it dissolves imagine forgiving the person who has upset you and the hurt disappearing.

 

Focus/Themes – Forgiveness

 

Useful Scripture – Matthew 6:14

If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.’

Hopscotch Prayers

 

You will need

  • Chalk

  • Small stones

  • Pavement!

 

Create!

 

  • Draw a hopscotch pattern on the pavement outside or in your garden, be creative with shapes and patterns

  • Find some short promises in the Bible (e.g. ‘I am with you always.’ Matthew 28:20 or ‘Peace be with you!’ John 20:21) and write each one in a hopscotch square. (Ask an adult if you need some help).

Pray

 

Play hopscotch, reading aloud the promises that your stone lands on. As you think about what each of these promises means for you, praise God and thank Him that His promises are always true!

 

Focus/Themes - Praise



Jumping Praise Prayers

 

You will need

  • Trampoline or cushions or pillows

  • Find somewhere safe for you to jump enthusiastically!

Pray

 

Think of something or someone that makes you feel joyful or something or someone that you are thankful for, then…

Jump for joy!

As you jump, say (or shout!) your prayers of praise to God out as you jump up and down.

 

Focus/Themes – Praise, Thankfulness

 

Useful Scripture – 1 Thessalonians 5:16

Always be joyful’


Many of these ideas have been adapted from activities by Prayer Spaces in Schools at https://www.prayerspacesinschools.com/prayer-spaces-at-home/


Looking for more activities? You can browse our archives from previous weeks below...