Here is a selection of tried and tested ideas that can be taken into school and used as a prayer session, perhaps as part of a lunchtime club. Everything fits in a big box and makes prayer a very active and involving activity for the children. Exploring prayer with children is always an amazing experience, so be prepared to be bowled over!
‘What would you like to say to God?’ graffiti board (all you need is wallpaper lining and pens!)
Reflective prayers to colour in (very popular!)
Laminated maps (find a place you want to pray for, ask God to bless that place and stick a sticky dot there to show you’ve prayed for it)
Laminated people shapes- write prayers for people on the sheets with dry wipe pens
Prayer chatterboxes– the most popular!
When we tried this at a lunctime club, we managed to have some great conversations with children and some of them opened up in a way they never had before. They were eager to make their own chatterboxes, choosing what to pray for under each flap. One of the girls who was praying with the maps stuck a spot on the Antarctic because she was concerned about global warming!
If you use some of these ideas, please let us know how it goes!