Praying with Children
Praying with children can be a very exciting thing to undertake
within the church. This can be especially so when done in a
creative and fun way. It can also appeal to people of all
ages, drawing the church together.
Here are some simple examples:
Sit the children in a circle and start by praying
for something beginning with the letter 'A', then ask each child,
in turn, to pray for something beginning with the next letter of
the alphabet. This can be used for prayers of thanks or
prayers for others.
Pray a short prayer or line of a prayer out loud.
Pause and ask the children to repeat that prayer or phrase. The
children can work as a group to write these prayers before they are
Prepare large sheets of paper and coloured
paints. Each person places a hand print on the paper, then
encourage the group to pray for individuals and their concerns as
you move around the sheet.
If you wait for the prints to dry, you could have the children
place another hand print over the dry prints as you pray for one
The letters of SPOON can be used as a framework
S - saying sorry
P - praise
O - others
O - ourselves
N - needs
Children can be encouraged to use the Spoon Prayer for their
prayers at home too.
Adapted from a Pray Without Ceasing Resource Booklet
prepared by the Oxford and Leicester District.
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