God in us all-age prayer activity

IMG_3593At our last cafe church we talked about many different aspects of God’s character and how we all respond to Him in different ways depending on our own personalities. We also talked about part of God being in us when we believe and it being our job to show other people something about who God is.

That secret truth, which is for all people, is that Christ lives in you, his people. He is our hope for glory.  So we continue to tell people about Christ. Colossians 1:27-28

Here is the simple prayer activity we did together as a whole church family…

You will need: Sparkly card cut into irregular shapes, glue, a large piece of paper

Give everyone a piece of card and ask them to hold it with the sparkly facing up. Think about who God is to you- creator, friend, strength, love, saviour, miracle worker. Thank God for being in your life.

Turn the card sparkly side down and think of people you know who don’t know that they are loved by God. Ask God to help you to show them His love and what He is like

Turn the card sparkly side up again and compare it to the shape of the person next to you. The shapes will be different but both shiny, just like we are all different but still have God shining within us.

Ask everyone to glue the back of their piece of card and to bring it to the large piece of paper. Work together to make a picture of our community, with each piece knowing part of God and shining His love into the world.

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.