Creative Prayer Service
Innovative ideas for a prayer service
from Charles Freebury, South Petherton & Crewkerne
After an introductory hymn etc, the congregation was invited to
visit one or more of five prayer tables set up in the
- News station (newspaper with marker pen, pray by circling
- Quiet space (sheets with action or symbol prayers such as
breathing prayers, use of stones and water etc);
- Liturgy station (copies of Methodist Worship Book,
Methodist Prayer Handbook - Living Fire et al);
- Arts station (drawing materials to draw prayer);
- Drama station (using dramas from "
A word in season").
Also each attender had a prayer sheet with
bullet-points to write their personal prayers against.
Much to our relief, people immediately started to beetle round
to the tables and, after about 20 minutes, the arts were presented
and displayed as prayer, the dramas were performed, including one
from the children, and the prayer sheets and marked newspapers
presented with the offering.
We tried to make it easier on those who might feel uncomfortable
with some of these new ideas by using older well known hymns,
emphasising that people need not leave their seats but could
simply use the prayer sheets. The prayer tables were placed in the
middle of the chairs which allowed for better accessibility than,
say, at the front of the church.
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