Thursday, 20 October 2016

Play dough Prayers for Peace

This is a very tactile and visual way of praying for peace and reconciliation that would work for all ages.

You will need: small blobs of play dough in different colours

Think of and talk about situations where two sides are fighting with each other.  This could be anywhere in the world (e.g. wars) or much closer to home and involve people they know or even themselves.  Talk about God bringing peace and that it is one of our jobs as Christians to pray for peace:

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Ask each child to choose two blobs, each of a different colour.

 Ask children to blend the two colours together to make a new colour.  As they do so, ask them to pray that the two different sides will come together and make peace.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Printable worship styles survey and ideas for children

One of the things I really loved about teaching was helping children to explore their learning styles.   According to educational research, children learn in all sorts of different ways and will prefer some styles over others.  I really believe that the same philosophy applies to worship styles.   Organisations such as Scripture Union are really getting behind this idea, as you can see in their brilliant Explore Together material, which uses 6 different zones based on learning styles. 

There are so many ways of worshipping yet, in church, we tend to greatly restrict ourselves to linguistic and musical approaches. 

Based on ideas about learning styles, I've put together a survey you could do with children, to help find out their preferred styles and on the second sheet of the PDF you will find suggestions for approaching each style in worship. 

I like to…
Talk and tell stories
listen to stories
logical/ mathematical
solve puzzles
ask questions
have time alone
Think about things
sing or make music
listen to music
work with others
be in a group
look at pictures and videos
make or build things
move around
be outdoors
work with plants or animals
think about the environment

Click here to print off the survey and suggestions.

For ease, I'm detailing the suggestions below, with links to ideas from this blog.  I need to add that these ideas are only touching the surface- there are so many other possibilities for worshipping God out there!

Have a go and let me know what happens!

read Bibles
logical/ mathematical
time alone
listen to music
group sharing/ eating
prayer beads