464. Time to turn - a complete Sunday school lesson


A thought provoking program with 10 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

In 2017 the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty? For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

Ten fun and useful games, object lessons, creative prayer ideas and activities on Psalm 24 that you can use within your Sunday school class.

You can download the complete PDF file below.

blow up globe kids ministry

Have fun with them!

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

463. Time to turn - A world full of prayer


An idea for creative prayer

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

the earth is the lords

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty? For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

What do you need:

- white balls made of polystyrene
- felt pens

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

462. Time to turn - a creative prayer idea


The parable of the talents 

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

hands of prayer

What to you need:

- cards with a picture of an open hand on them
- a map of the world, or a globe

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

453. Living like Christ - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great program with 12 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Philippians 2: 1-11

You can download the complete PDF file below.

binocular looking at Jesus kids ministry philippians

Have fun with them!

Continue Reading

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:1-11
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

440. Psalm 150 - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great program with 14 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games, prayer ideas and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Psalm 150

You can download the complete PDF file below.

let us make music circle children

Have fun with them!

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

418. The call of Abram - Prayer for the journey


A creative prayer idea about Abram's journey to the promised land

The Lord said to Abram “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.’

We’re going to pray for all people who are on a journey, just as Abram was. Who can you think of? Is there anyone in your family who is away at the moment? Write or draw your prayer on the post it or card and stick it on the globe or pin it on the board. Perhaps you can also pray for people who are forced to go travelling, such as refugees fleeing war and famine.Prayer for the journey (10 min)

Materials:

- a globe and post it notes
- drawing pins
- a bulletin board

abram prayer

If you are doing this activity with adults as well as children, you could print out this prayer:

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.’

Duration: 10 minutes

Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time

399. Mary meets Elizabeth - what is bubbling in your heart?


A fun activity that will help you to start thinking about Advent.

You can use this idea to create a creative prayer moment with the children.

What do you need?

- bottles of bubble blower (or you can create your own!)
- liquid food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

Create a homemade bubble blower. Add a few drops of food colouring liquid into each bottle. Make sure each bottle has a different colour. Give the children a empty piece of paper in the shape of a heart. Let them write on the heart things that they are grateful for and things they want to thank God for. Let them blow bubbles against the paper. When the bubbles burst, a colourful patters remains on the paper. 

Scripture reference:

Luke 1:41-42  (NIV)

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, kids time

 

 

353. The cross is a gift - Mission Sunday 12

A creative prayer idea about the cross being God's present

This is part six of a 45 minute Sunday School programme on mission.

missionsunday13

An idea for a creative prayer moment in which the cross turns into a present.

Register to read more ...

336. How can we teach the power of prayer in our kids ministry?

Teaching children the power of prayer through the use of a Grass Head

As a child I struggled with sitting still during long prayers in church. When the adults finished their prayer with the word 'amen', I sighed a silent sigh of relief.

For lots of children 'amen' means: this is the end of the boring bit. Now we can get on with the fun stuff again!

Isn't it a shame that talking with an almighty and loving Father who listens and answers our prayers, has become something that is boring? How can we teach children within our Sunday school lesson or kids ministry the power of prayer in a fresh and visual way?

teaching power of prayer with a grass head, a Grass Head, power of prayer

In the video below I will demonstrate how any children's pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to teach the children in your Sunday school lesson or during a children's moment in the service the power of prayer and the meaning of the word 'amen'. All you need is a Grass Head and some patience. If you don't have the patience, you can use two Grass Heads like I do in the video. 

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: 1 John 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 6:21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Job 22:27, John 17:15, James 5:13, Mark 11:24, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 6:7, Matthew 26:41, Proverbs 15:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Psalm 141:2, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:12, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 145:18, Luke 11:2-4, Proverbs 15:29, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:11, Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8, Hebrews 4:14, James 1:7, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1-2,
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

308. Praying for the persecuted church - the complete liturgy

 

The complete liturgy in pdf based on the seven words of Jesus on the cross

You can use these seven creative prayer ideas to help children, teenagers and adults pray for persecuted Christians and the persecuted church all over the world. 

To help you in this you can download the complete PDF file below.

kaarsen7


Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, prayer nights

Scripture reference:

Luke 23:34, Luke 23:43, John 19:26-27, Matthew 27:46, John 19:28, John 19:30, Luke 23:46

Register to read more ...

307. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.


Praying for the persecuted church, using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total



kaars5

Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

------------------------------------------------------

7. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

Pick up the seventh candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“I’m going to give each of you a pebble. Please hold it in your hand so that it can warm up. A stone or a pebble takes on the temperature of its surroundings. If you put it in the freezer, it will become freezing cold. If you put it in boiling water, it will get really hot. Feel if your pebble is smooth, round, or perhaps sharp.

This pebble stands for the troubles of the persecuted church. You can put it in your pocket and discover it in a few days’ time and think:  “Oh yes, that’s true, the troubles of the persecuted church.” Then you’ll put it back in your pocket and discover it again in a week. This is what often happens in our prayers for the persecuted church.

But if you were to put the pebble in your shoe it would be a different story. You would feel it with every step you took. There are Christians who carry their cares and fears with them day and night. They wake up with them and go to bed with them.

Paul writes in his letter 1 Peter 5:7 - “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. We can cast our cares on him, and also those of our brothers and sisters who follow Christ, for he cares for us and for them.

On the table there’s a Bible open at the text of 1 Peter 5:7. I want to invite you to come forward and put your stone on this passage as a prayer and a promise for the persecuted church, that they can cast all their cares on Him.”

Activity:

Each participant is given a pebble. They can come forward in silence and lay their pebble on the Bible that is opened at 1 Peter 5:7.

Materials:

-  Pebbles
-  a Bible

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

306. It is finished - praying with children and adults for persecuted Christians


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total


kaars4

Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

------------------------------------------------------

6. “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

Pick up the sixth candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“It is finished. Jesus’ task had been completed. You couldn’t see it yet though. The only visible thing was a naked man on a cross. But the miracle had already happened. The reconciliation had already taken place! Humanity had been set free.

Today as we pray for the persecuted church, it may seem as if nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen. There’s nothing to see on the outside. But God said “It is finished”. He will give strength to our prayers. He has been at work in the persecuted church. He is at work in the persecuted church. He will be at work in the persecuted church.

Although it may still seem very dark for very many Christians suffering persecution, we know that there is hope for them. As a symbol of this hope, we are going to light tea lights; a silent prayer of hope.”

Activity :

Participants come forward to light a tea light from the one candle that is still left burning. These burning tea lights are a silent prayer of hope that God will fulfill His work within the persecuted church.

Materials:

-  Tea lights

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

305. I am thirsty - praying with children and adults for persecuted Christians


Praying for the persecuted church, using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total


kaars6

Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

------------------------------------------------------

5. “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)

Pick up the fifth candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“I am thirsty…..as we consider the persecution of a hundred million Christians, this is an experience that we all share. We all get thirsty. One can be thirsty not only for water, but for example one can thirst for justice. Thirst for love. Thirst for freedom, for healing. Thirst for not having to be afraid any more. Thirst for growth. I am thirsty.

There’s a heart of ice hanging in the room - it’s starting to melt. Maybe you had already noticed it. It’s hanging from a piece of wire, and the melted water is dripping into a bowl. If you’re quiet, you can hear the drops. What does this melting heart of ice represent?

Is it the tears of the persecuted church? Is it God who is crying with her? Is it His way of relieving her thirst? Is it possibly His love that can melt the hardest of hearts?

Come forward in silence and touch the heart of ice. Let the drops fall on your hands. Pray for the thirst of the persecuted church.”

Activity:

Beforehand, fill a silicone heart shaped baking form with chicken wire. Fill it up with water and put it in the freezer for 48 hours. Take the heart of ice out of the baking form and hang it from the ceiling with a piece of wire. Don’t forget to put a bowl underneath it to catch the waters as it starts to melt.

Participants can come forward, touch the heart of ice and let the drops of melted water fall on their hands. In the meantime they can pray for the thirst of the persecuted church.

Materials:

-  Silicone heart shaped baking form
-  Chicken wire
-  Wire

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

304. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total


kaars3

Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

------------------------------------------------------

4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

Pick up the fourth candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“Christians who are being persecuted must have often uttered these words, out of fear and worry, even in prison. Cried out in their pain and despair: “My God, why have you forsaken me?” In the Bible we can read of the two men on the way to Emmaus after the crucifixion. They also knew disappointment and maybe also felt forsaken. But Jesus comes to walk with them. They don’t realise that it is Jesus who is with them. Only when they have invited Jesus into their home and he breaks the bread, do they see that it is Jesus!

When the bread was broken they saw that it was Jesus. Here is a loaf of bread, still whole. We will pass it round to each other, and, if you wish, you can break off a piece of bread and eat it, with the prayer that our persecuted brothers and sisters may know that Jesus will reveal Himself to them, even though they may feel forsaken.”

Activity:

A loaf of bread is passed round. The participants break off a piece and pray for a revelation of God’s presence to those who feel forsaken.

Materials:

A round, whole loaf of bread

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

303. Here is your son. This is your mother.


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total


kaars2

Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

------------------------------------------------------

3. “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)

Pick up the third candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“Even on the cross Jesus showed us who our family is. Today we are not praying for strangers. We are praying for our family, for our brothers and sisters. The only shame is that we know so little about them. How can we keep on praying for them in the long term?”

Something that helps me, is my junk drawer. Everyone has a junk drawer at home, with all sorts of objects that we really no longer use. I take an object, for example a calculator, and use it as a source of inspiration for my prayers. ‘ Help them to know that they can always count on You’ . Perhaps it’s a clothes peg: ‘ Please hold on tight to my brothers and sisters’.

Activity:

Participants are given a random object and are asked to say a short one or two sentence prayer for our persecuted family, using the object they have been given as a starting point.

Materials:

A basket full of random household objects

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

302. Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total

 

kaars1


Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

------------------------------------------------------

2. "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)

Pick up the second candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“It is not always easy to come to Jesus. In the Bible we read of four friends who couldn’t get to Jesus through the door or through the window. Instead of giving up, they made a hole in the roof in order to make sure their paralysed friend could get to Jesus. The first words that Jesus spoke to this man were similar to his first words on the cross: “ All your sins are forgiven”. Only after having spoken these words did he heal the man and reveal who he was to the people in the house”.

Hand out pen and paper to everyone. On the ground at the front of the room there’ss a square that has been made of four long pieces of wood or cardboard.

“This square represents the hole in the roof that the four friends made when they brought the paralysed man to Jesus. Today we are going to become the fifth friend in the story. Write down the name of a person, a people, or a country. Then come forward in silence to put the note in the square on the ground. In this way we are bringing these people to Jesus, just as the four friends did thousands of years ago.”

Activity:

Participants write down the name of a person, people or country, and come forward to put the note in the square on the ground.

Materials:

- Small pieces of paper
- Pens
- Strips of wood or cardboard

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

301. Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total

 

praying for the church


Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

------------------------------------------------------

1. “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)

Pick up the first candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“As we think about the persecuted church, it is natural to pray for her. Jesus’ first words on the cross were “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” . During this time of prayer for persecuted Christians, we do not only want to pray for those who are being persecuted. To start with we are going to pray for the persecutors. Those who are persecuting a hundred million Christians, through fanaticism, ignorance or any other reason.”

Hand out paper, pen and a pin to everyone. Ask them to forgive someone or to forgive an act that has been done to someone in the persecuted church. There is a piece of red cloth hanging at the front of the room.

“This red cloth is the cloak of forgiveness. This is a symbol for the cloak that king Herod hung on the broken shoulders of Jesus. If you would like to, you can write down a prayer for forgiveness for the persecutors, and come forward to pin it onto the cloak of forgiveness.”

Activity:

Participants write a prayer for forgiveness, come forward in silence and pin the paper on the cloak of forgiveness.

Materials:

-  Paper
-  Pens
 - Pins
-  A piece of red cloth.

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

296. Praying with tea bags - a creative prayer idea


A real British idea...

In the prayer room there is a plate with various tea bags on it. Take a tea bag and pray for a friend, family member or work colleague with whom regularly drink a cup of coffee or tea.

praying with tea bags

Themes:

Creative prayer, praying for others.

Setting:

Creative prayer moments, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered;” (Romans 8:26)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

Materials:

-    Tea bags
-    Plate

295. Anchors of hope - a creative prayer idea


God’s victory will eventually arrive

It is exciting to know that God’s victory will eventually arrive,  and that it will endure for ever. But are we still hoping for it? Wouldn’t it be exciting if we could get to experience and see God’s victory? What if we did not have to wait for eternity? We live in hope…

The symbol of hope is an anchor. On the table you will find anchors cut out from coloured cardboard. Take an anchor and write on it what you are hoping for. What part of God’s victory do you hope to see in your life and in the future? Which victory are you dreaming of?

anchors of hope

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, The Lords’ prayer, what does hope mean?

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"And bring us not into temptation, but delver us form the evil one” (Matthew 6:13)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

Materials:

-    Anchors cut from coloured cardboard
-    Pens

294. Your kingdom come (2) - a creative prayer idea


Think about the title “Your kingdom come”.

What does it mean? What would you love to see with the arrival of God’s Kingdom? What will happen when His Kingdom arrives? 

Let your kingdom come

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, Gods Kingdom

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth” (Matthew 6:10)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

Description:

What do you think about when you see the words “Your kingdom come”? What do you expect to come?

On the wall there’s a big coloured arrow. In this arrow you can write what you want to see with the arrival of God’s Kingdom. 

Materials:

-    Big coloured arrow
-    Coloured markers

293. Your kingdom come - a creative prayer idea


Take a lucky dip, empty matchboxes and help the children pray for various countries.

Help them to pray for Gods Kingdom to come in these countries. How? Go to the link below…

Let your kingdom come1

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, Gods Kingdom

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth” (Matthew 6:10)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

Register to read more ...

292. Thy will be done - a creative prayer idea

Gods will – A paper aeroplane

A creative prayer idea that to focuses on Jesus' words in the Lord's Prayer. 

What does a paper aeroplane have to do with God’s will? How can you use paper aeroplanes to help children to think about this? Discover how easy it is…..

Thy will be done

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, Gods will

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth” (Matthew 6:10)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

Register to read more ...

291. Give us our daily bread - a creative prayer idea


Thinking with the children about the words ““Give us our daily bread”, using bags of bread dough.

A creative prayer idea that to focuses on Jesus' words in the Lord's Prayer. 

Give us our daily bread

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, Prayer, bread

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"Give us our daily bread." (Matthew 6:11)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

Register to read more ...

290. Forgive us our debts - a creative prayer idea


Thinking with the children about the words “forgive us our debts”.

A creative prayer idea that to focuses on Jesus' words in the Lord's Prayer. 

forgive our debts

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, forgiving of sins, forgiveness

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" (Matthew 6:12)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

Register to read more ...

286. The Good Shepherd - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great programme with 18 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games, prayer ideas and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Jesus being the Good Shepherd and the church as a flock. 

Hopefully this Sunday school lesson with 18 creative ideas will help you!

You can download the complete PDF file below.

Sauen Shaun

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Have fun with them!

Register to read more ...

285. Your rod and staff comfort me - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Ice lollies as a rod or a staff?

Your rod and staff comfort me... Being guided by God is not always as clear, easy or obvious as we would like. With this craft activity and creative form of prayer you can help children to think about the guidance that God gives us.

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock, God guides us.

Description:

Ice lolly sticks aren't really comparable to the rod and staff of the Shepherd. But still...

In this prayer idea/craft idea you can decorate an ice lolly stick with stickers, markers and. When you have decorated your stick, take a label and write on it in what way you want God to guide you in the future. Tie this label to the stick and take it home with you.

your staff comforts me

What you'll need:

-  Ice lolly sticks
-  Labels with string
-  Pens, stickers

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

284. He leads us to green pastures - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Green pastures - a creative prayer idea

"He leads us to green pastures." As you can see there are sweets on the pastures in the prayer room. You can eat one and think about what you're thankful for. God gives us so many good things. Take the time to thank Him for that.

What you'll need:

-  Plastic grass
-  Sweets

You can use this for:

A creative prayer idea for working in a creative way with a Bible story / theme.

Green pastures

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the community as a herd, being thankful.

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

283. How close to the shepherd are you? - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Put yourself close to the Shepherd - a creative prayer idea

How do you express who you are in the flock of the Good Shepherd?  What's your position in the flock?

This creative prayer idea helps children and adults to give an answer to these two important questions in a non-threatening way.

You can use this for:

A creative prayer idea for working in a creative way with a Bible story / theme.

 

Place yourself near the shepherd

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Register to read more ...

281. A love letter from the Father - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Pet a sheep - a creative prayer idea

In this corner of the prayer room  you can find a soft cuddly sheep and a love letter from the Heavenly Father.

Take the sheep on your lap, pet it and remember that the Heavenly Father wants to take you on his lap like this. Read the love letter and believe that these words count for you.

A love letter from the Father

Themes:

Gods love for you, creative prayer. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

What you'll need:

-  A soft cuddly sheep
-  A love letter from the Father (you can laminate it to make it last longer)

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

280. He leads me beside still waters - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Water carriers - a creative prayer idea

A creative prayer idea in which we're going to pray with the children in a practical way for clean water in countries with a lot of poverty.

Clean water prayer idea

Themes:

clean water, creative prayer, Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

279. Safe in the shepherd's hand - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Put yourself or someone else in the hand of the shepherd - a creative prayer idea

A lovely creative prayer idea in which children are going to put themselves or someone else in the hand of the Good Shepherd, literally.

Place yourself in Jesus hand

Themes:

Submission, creative prayer. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Register to read more ...

278. Which side of the black sheep? - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


There are no black sheep in God's flock - an idea for creative prayer

Sometimes we feel like the black sheep. We can make ourselves believe we don’t belong with all the negative words that we say about ourselves.

Which side of the sheep do you believe? Turn it that way up. Or maybe if you believe the negative things but want God’s help to believe the truth, leave the black sheep with the positive statements showing, as a prayer. 

A creative prayer idea in which we're going to dwell on the beautiful words that the Lord says about us.

Gods flock

Themes:

Self-image, self-judgement,trusting in the promises of God. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Register to read more ...

267. Decorate a large candle as a creative prayer idea for your kids ministry


Symbols on the candle as silent prayers...

On the floor in the middle of the prayer room there is a very large candle. Next to it there’s a notice that explains that this candle is going to be used in the services in the coming year, as a symbol of Jesus’ presence. We do this to remind ourselves that Jesus is the Light of the world and that He is always with us. Next to the candle are sheets of coloured candle wax. Children and adults can use this to decorate the candle, so that it will really become ‘their’ candle in the coming year.  

Decorate candle as creative prayer idea in sunday school class

What do you need:

-  a very large candle
-  sheets of coloured (candle) wax
-  a pair of scissors

Biblical themes:

Creative prayer, burning a candle, Christmas, Easter, light of the world

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, kids ministry, Messy church,  small churches , prayer room

Scripture reference:

1 John 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 6:21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Job 22:27, John 17:15, James 5:13, Mark 11:24, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 6:7, Matthew 26:41, Proverbs 15:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Psalm 141:2, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:12, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 145:18, Luke 11:2-4, Proverbs 15:29, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:11, Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8, Hebrews 4:14, James 1:7, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1-2

261. Praying for the lost sheep - a creative prayer idea as part of a Sunday school lesson on the theme of the Good shepherd


A creative prayer idea as part of a Sunday school lesson on the theme of the Good shepherd

After playing the game in idea 260 you can use the sheep as a creative prayer idea in which you encourage children to pray for others.

228

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Age:

4-88 years old

Register to read more ...

255. The heart of ice - a demonstration of God's love in your Sunday school lesson or family service


Demonstrating the love of God through a melting heart of ice

How can we demonstrate the power of Gods love to our children in the church or within our family? How can we make something so beyond our understanding visual and tactile during a Sunday school lesson or as visual aid during a sermon? God's love is so amazing. Can we help our children and teenagers to experience a little bit of it?

Maybe you can use the melting heart of ice.

Discover more below...

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: God's love - Romans 8:37-39, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:4-5, 1 John 4:9-11, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 John 4:7-8, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Psalm 86:15, 1 John 3:1, Deuteronomy 7:9, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:11, John 13:34-35, Psalm 136:26, Romans 5:2-5, Colossians 2:6-7, Hebrews 12:28-29
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, Children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

246. The Picture Cards - helping children to pray in a new way


Teaching others to pray with photo cards

On the internet you can buy different sets of coaching picture cards / photo cards. We bought ours here in the Netherlands, but you can buy all kind of different sets, for example here and here. The beauty of these cards is that people make different associations with the images on the cards. In our opinion they can be a effective way of enabling children, teenagers and adults to talk easily about important key elements in Bible stories.  

picture cards

 

Let's thank God

Ask the children / teenagers to pick a photo card that reminds them of something  they want to ask God in prayer for or something that they want to thank God for. Sit in a circle and ask everyone why they have chosen their specific photo card. What is it they want to ask God or thank Him for?  

The beauty of this method is that everyone in the group participates. Not only the child that always wants to pray, but also the shy children who would not normally speak in the group.

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, youth group. teenagers, small churches

Scripture reference:

1 John 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 6:21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Job 22:27, John 17:15, James 5:13, Mark 11:24, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 6:7, Matthew 26:41, Proverbs 15:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Psalm 141:2, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:12, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 145:18, Luke 11:2-4, Proverbs 15:29, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:11, Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8, Hebrews 4:14, James 1:7, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1-2,

245. The Junk Drawer - helping children to pray to God in a new way


Creative ways of prayer within a children's ministry

Everyone has a junk drawer in their house. Some people even have a room or a house full of junk. But we all have at least a box or a drawer full of stuff that we don’t use any more, but also don’t want to throw away yet. It is a twilight zone full of things that are between being wanted and unwanted. When you use the ‘junk drawer’ method you take all the content of your junk drawer with you and place it on a table.

junk2

Praying without closing our eyes

Ask the children / teenagers to pick an item of the table that reminds them of something  they want to ask God in prayer for or something that they want to thank God for.

Sit in a circle and ask everyone why they have chosen their specific item. What is it they want to ask God or thank Him for? 

The beauty of this method is that everyone in the group participates. Not only the child that always wants to pray, but also the shy children who would not normally speak in the group.

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, small churches,

Scripture reference:

1 John 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 6:21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Job 22:27, John 17:15, James 5:13, Mark 11:24, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 6:7, Matthew 26:41, Proverbs 15:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Psalm 141:2, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:12, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 145:18, Luke 11:2-4, Proverbs 15:29, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:11, Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8, Hebrews 4:14, James 1:7, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1-2,

229. Who is God for you?


A creative prayer idea that to use within kids ministry or youth work us think about who God is for us

The shepherds were watching their sheep at night. The truth was that they didn’t really belong anywhere  – they were the real scum of society. Of course God wouldn’t want to be with them either. God was only with the good people. But suddenly there’s the angel bringing good tidings. God is much more inclusive than anyone thought. God also wants to be with the shepherds! Jesus came for them too. That night the shepherds learnt a lot about God…..

In this creative prayer idea we discover who God is for us!

387.1

Themes:

Creative prayer, Christmas, who is God?

Age:

8 – 88 years

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: Christmas - Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, creative prayer, prayer room, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

223. Peace on Earth - praying for peace


A great way to pray for peace with children and adults

54

Themes:

Christmas, creative prayer, peace

Used For:

Children’s moments during a service, creative prayer moment, prayer room, Christmas

Scripture reference:

Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11

Register to read more ...

222. Christmas trees full of prayers


A great way to motivate children and adults to pray using a Christmas theme

55

Themes:

Christmas, creative prayers, and Christmas trees

Used For :

Children’s moments during a service, creative moments for prayer, prayer room, Christmas

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11

206. Build your own prayer wall

Introduction:

Recently I visited a church where they had literally built their own prayer wall. It looked like a real wall, but it was made out of cardboard boxes and cleverly chosen wall paper with a stone print. Church members and visitors were encouraged to write their prayers on pieces of paper and put these through ready-made holes in the wall. Very impressive, but also very easy.

It's important to let people know what you do with their prayers. Do you read them and pray about them afterwards? Or do you see the prayers as being for God's eyes only, and you throw them away without reading them?

wall1

A giant prayer wall in the church!

 wall2

Small holes through which you can place your prayer notes.

 wall3

As light as a feather and very easy to move.

  • 1
  • 2