Praying with young people
What influences do young people have on their lives? There are many, with the importance of music, image, instant communication demonstrated in the popularity of iPods, X-box, mp3 players, Playstation, camera phones etc. When thinking about praying with young people we do so in this context.
CD Prayer Wall
On a wall or piece of wood, stick a number of empty CD cases or wallets. Provide pieces of paper that fit these cases and encourage people to write prayers and put them on the wall. Make this a regular part of your activity and you will soon get into the habit of using it.
You need a large red card heart and clear medical plasters. Ask each person to think about someone they know who needs God's healing touch, then they write the name on the plaster before sticking it onto the heart. Once all the plasters are in place, pray a general prayer, lifting them all to God.
Mobile Phone Prayers
Print a picture of a mobile phone on card, big enough for people to write a message on the screen. Invite people to write their prayers on a card phone. Huddle the group together and ask everyone to throw their phones in the air and catch someone else's - these can be taken home for future prayer.
Have lots of directions written on card and placed on the floor around a room. Play some youth friendly worship music and when the music stops, each person goes to a card and does what is written on it. For example: thank God for our family; ask God to be with the person closest to you now; be still; thank God for the best thing that has happened this week; ask God to be with anyone you know who is ill.
Adapted from a Pray Without Ceasing Resource Booklet produced by the Oxford and Leicester District