Lots of practical creative prayer ideas for children

What is prayer? Praying is more than folding your hands and closing your eyes. It's about communicating with our Father in heaven. How can we help children (but also teenagers and adults) to communicate with God in a deep and meaningful way?

Here on the site we  offer you lots of interactive, practical, cool, fun and thought provoking creative prayer ideas for you to use.    

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594. A Coat Of Love - A Creative Prayer Idea


Use this fun creative prayer idea to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph is given a cloak of love by his father Jacob. Today we are going to make a cloak of love for God.

A Coat of Love a creative prayer idea about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a large cardboard cloak - download here: Coat-of-Joseph---Creative-Prayer-Idea.pdf
- coloured strips of paper
- pens
- paper glue

What do you do:

Tell the children that Jacob loves Joseph so much that he gives him a coloured cloak. Just as Jacob loves Joseph so many Christians love the Lord God.
Shall we make a cloak of love for God?

Each child can choose a strip of paper in their favourite colour. Ask them to write or draw something on the paper – something that they are happy about, or something that they want to thank God for.
They can stick their strips of paper onto the cloak as a symbol of their prayer. In this way the group can give God a cloak of love.

560. What makes your heart bubble up? - a Creative Prayer idea

What makes your heart bubble up a creative prayer idea for kids about praising God

An idea to help children to talk / communicate with God

A creative prayer idea about praising God. To be used with the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth and her song!

What do you need:

- bottles of bubble mix
- food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

What to do:

Put a few drops of food colouring in each of the bottles of bubble mix – a different colour in each bottle gives the best effect.

Give the children a paper heart and ask them to write things that they are thankful for, and what they want to thank God for.

Then show them how they can blow bubbles up against the paper hearts. When the bubbles burst they will leave their colour behind on the paper. The children can blow different colour bubbles to make a nice effect on their paper hearts.

 

559. What are you full of? - a Creative Prayer idea


An idea to help children to talk / communicate with God

What are you full of a creative prayer idea for kids about being thankful

A creative prayer idea about being thankful. To be used with the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth and her song!

What do you need:

- balloons

What to do:

Tell the children how Mary was full of what was happening to her….and that she was full of the Holy Spirit. She was about to burst with it!

Give each child a balloon and ask them to blow it up but don’t tie it. When the balloons have been blown up, ask the children ‘What are you full of?’ ‘What are you excited about?’ You could also ask them ‘What are you thankful for?’

The children can take it in turns to give their answer, and then let the balloon go – this will fly round the room as it empties!

 

538. The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea


This is a nice symbolic way of helping children to bring their friends to Jesus in prayer.

Using the story of the four friends who lowered their paralysed friend through the roof of a house, we are going to bring our friends to Jesus. Through the roof? Curious?!

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Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- four long wooden strips
- post-it notes
- felt pens or biros

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What to do:

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525. Creative prayer idea – praying alone


Helping children to talk /communicate with God

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1: 35

Jesus was very busy, but he made time to pray and also found a place where he could be alone. Often we are busy busy busy! To busy to make time for God and find a quiet place with him. This idea will help children to discover what helps them to make time and space to pray.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

Living like Christ a complete Sunday school lesson with 12 creative ideas based on Philippians 2 verses 1 till 11


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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.

Psalm 150 a complete Sunday School lesson with 14 creative ideas games prayer ideas and activitties

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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.

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!

What do you need?

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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



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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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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…

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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

The Good Shepherd a complete Sunday School lesson with 18 creative ideas

Setting:

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

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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

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.

your staff comforts me

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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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It is very easy to do. You take a large silicone heart mould, fill it with chicken wire, add water and leave it in the freezer for 48 hours. After two days you take it out of the freezer and you got yourself an heart of ice.  You attach a wire to it, hang it from the ceiling and place a container underneath. 

During a Sunday school lesson, a sermon or during family meeting at home a you create a moment of silence. Hopefully the only thing you'll hear is the water dripping down from the heart of ice into the container.

This melting heart of ice is a brilliantly simple illustration to show that God’s love can melt the hardest of hearts. His love can break through to the hardest hearts. And God's tears are like the drops of water  that flow from this heart. 

Use it as a creative prayer opportunity

It is important not only to show this melting heart of ice, but also to give everyone the opportunity to feel this melting heart for themselves. We all know someone who is in great need of God's love. As you touch this melting heart of ice and as you feel the drops of water you can pray for this person. Maybe it is you. Then you can pray for yourself or ask someone else to pray for you.  

 

 

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

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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.

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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!

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Themes:

Creative prayer, Christmas, who is God?

Age:

8 – 88 years

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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

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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

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222. Christmas trees full of prayers


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

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Themes:

Christmas, creative prayers, and Christmas trees

Used For :

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

Description:

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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?

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A giant prayer wall in the church!

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Small holes through which you can place your prayer notes.

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As light as a feather and very easy to move.

203. Idea for creative prayer room - the Heart of Ice

Introduction:
Did you know that you can use the heart of ice as a creative prayer idea for a 24/7 prayer room?
I will show you how below.

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Themes:
Creative prayer, 24/7 prayer room, praying for the world

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197. Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young ruler that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

A nice ending in which we're going to help the children pray and thank the Lord with a thread and needle.

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Themes:
The rich young ruler, creative prayer

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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146. Using grass seed to teach kids the meaning of ‘AMEN’

Introduction:
Picture this; today the group of children are extra rowdy. Maybe it's the weather. I don’t know...

It is time to start the children’s programme. Of course we will open and close with a prayer. But as usual it takes ages for the children to quieten down. Although they quieten down a little during the prayer, as soon as I say amen, they all explode into sound and movement.

To them, 'amen' means that the long prayer of thirty seconds is finally finished. We can act normally again!

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This behaviour intrigues me. No, lets be honest; it annoys me a bit. Amen doesn’t mean ‘The End', as in a film.  It doesn't mean that we can make lots of noise again. Amen means ‘So be it' or 'I agree’. It is a promise and a hope that God agrees with our prayer.

But how can we create a change so that the children no longer think amen means we can act normally again? How can we help them realise that it means that God agrees with our prayer and that He will answer it?

So we came up with a plan...

A plan that involved grass seed and a plastic container filled with a layer of soil.
A plan that changed their perspective of amen for a while.

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