I have to admit to being fairly partial to the odd flying saucer and when I last went to the cash and carry I bought an enormous tub of hundreds of the things. It became very clear I was never going to get through all of them, so I took them with me to a great children's ministry residential I was at this week and challenged a group of children's leaders to come up with some creative prayer activities with them. They did not disappoint.
Here are some of their ideas...
1. Hold the flying saucer in your mouth. Don't bite or chew! Think about something worrying you and offer it to God. Feel your worry 'dissolve' or 'disappear,' then bite into the sweetness released!
2. Flying saucers are out of this world! Think of an amazing experience or encounter. Place the flying saucer in your mouth. Let it dissolve, then chew it. Savour that experience. Offer that time in thankfulness to God.
3.Each colour could represent something different for prayer. Pray for the colour of your sweet! e.g. yellow- our family, green- our world,
4. Look at the two sides of the flying saucer. Think about the side you present to the world and the other side which is what is really going on. Break through to the inside and ask the Holy Spirit to come.
5. Take a bite from the flying saucer- thank God for the good things you have.
Taste the sour sugar inside. Ask God to heal any 'sourness' in you- something you really need to say sorry for.
Eat the flying saucer but replace the circle that it was by holding bothhands with someone else and praying for each other.
We then had to try all of the prayers out!
The next day we used the flying saucers with a different prayer in our closing worship: