All Age: Jigsaw Intercessions

This is a really easy, tactile idea to use for a guided group of children and it would also work in an all age service.  All you need is for everyone to be holding a jigsaw piece (it’s a great way to use jigsaws that have pieces missing so can’t be used any more!)

Have either an adult or a child introduce each section and then leave space for response, either silent or out loud.

Hold the jigsaw piece in your hand and pray for yourself

Ask God to help you.  Thank Him for the good things in your life.  Ask him to help you see the big picture of the plan He has for your life.

Look at the parts of your piece that reach outwards.

Pray for people who reach out and help and show love to others.  Thank God for the people who help and show love to you.

Look at the parts of your piece that have spaces waiting to be filled. 

Pray for people who have lost something or someone or who feel that they have something missing in their lives.  Ask God to help them to know that they are loved by Him.

Try to fit your piece into the piece of the person next to you (it probably won’t fit!)

Pray for people who find it hard to fit in, people who have moved to a new place, people who feel they have no friends, people who are being bullied.  Pray that they will find peace, friends and happiness.

Hold your piece and think of someone from your community, your friends or family that you would like to pray for. 

Thank God for that person and ask God to bless and help them.

All Age Pipe Cleaner Intercessions

I love the versatility of pipe cleaners and children seem to feel the same!  They are great for playing
with and they are also great for praying with…

Here is a version of some prayers I did at a recent All- Age service with the whole congregation.  The prayers would work well with a small group of children or in a family prayer time.  Take time to talk with children about each section as you go along so that they know clearly who and what they are praying for.  They will undoubtedly have lots of suggestions!

1. Shape the pipe cleaner into an initial or a shape that stands for one of your friends.
Hold the shape and tell God how your friend might need His help.  Ask God to bless them.

2. Screw the pipe cleaner up.
Think about people in the world who live in confusion and don’t understand what is happening to them- people who live in war torn areas, who have to leave their homes, who don’t know where they will get their next meal.  Hold the shape and ask God to help them.

3. Link your pipe cleaner with someone else’s.
Think about people who are lonely- those who have no friends, family or support around them.  Ask God to send them people who will be their friends.

4. Loop the pipe cleaner around your wrist.
Think about when God has been with you this week.  Has he answered any of your prayers?  If you have any prayers, ask God now. Thank God for always being with us and caring for us.  Wear the pipe cleaner around your wrist as a reminder of God being with you.