Thursday, 21 March 2019

Rough Times Sandpaper Prayers

I love sensory prayers and sandpaper is a great touchy-feely medium to use when praying about things that are difficult and grind us down.

You will need: Colouring pencils, sandpaper cut into small strips, a cloth

God is our protection and source of strength.    He is always ready to help us in times of trouble. 
Psalm 46:1

Feel the roughness of the sandpaper. 

Who do you know who is going through a rough time at the moment? 

On a piece of sandpaper draw or write the name of a person, place or situation you'd like to ask God to help. Pray that these people and places will know that God is there for them, whatever they face.

Place the sandpaper on the cloth as you give your prayer to God.

Friday, 22 February 2019

The Parable of the Mustard Seed Play Dough Mat (Printable)

I've been thinking a lot about the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13: 31-32) recently, and for some reason it keeps cropping up all over the place! Because it's been on my mind, I've made a play dough mat to help children in their exploration.  The seed is a little bit bigger than it should be if we're going to keep accurate proportions, but I wanted children to at least be able to see it!

As usual, if you laminate the printed sheets, its much easier to clean up the play dough and you can also keep the mats for repeated future use!

To print the mat click here.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Dissolving paper forgiveness prayers

I was recently trying to come up with some different visual ways of saying sorry to God and wanted something that would be symbolic of the forgiveness He gives. That's when I came across dissolvable paper!

From what I gather, this paper can be used to draw patterns which can then be sewn over and when the embroidery is complete, the paper will dissolve, leaving only the stitching in place. Suffice to say, that is not what I used it for!

You will need: Dissolvable paper cut into small strips, warm water (this helps the dissolving process), a large bowl, pens

Talk about the fact that when we say sorry to God for the things that we have done, we know that he will forgive us and give us a new start. 

Ask children to write or draw something they would like to say sorry for on a strip of paper. They might even just want to write the word 'sorry' and keep things entirely between themselves and God.

Place the paper strip in the water and watch as it starts to dissolve and disappear as a symbol of the way God forgives us and gives us a new start.  This can be really powerful, especially when children feel guilt for something they have done. Seeing it disappear can be a very enlightening moment.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Prayer Light Tubes

This is a fun way to celebrate Jesus as the light of the world, especially if you are celebrating Candlemas this Sunday!

Traditionally at Candlemas (or the Presentation of Christ), the passage from Luke 2 where Simeon and Anna meet Jesus is read and we hear the famous lines:

“Now, Lord, you can let me, your servant, die in peace as you said.
30 I have seen with my own eyes how you will save your people.
31     Now all people can see your plan.
32 He is a light to show your way to the other nations.
    And he will bring honor to your people Israel.” (Luke 2: 29-32)

Jesus is recognised as the saviour who has come to bring light to dark situations and to show people the way, and this prayer craft helps children to work with this image.

You will need: battery operated tea lights, A6 size paper, felt tip pens, glue

Put the A6 Paper in landscape orientation and ask children to draw pictures and write the names of people and places who are going through dark, hard times and need to see some light and hope.

Wrap the paper around the tea light and glue down the edge to make a tube.

Ask Jesus to bring his light and hope to these people and situations. Switch off the lights and switch the tea lights on. Look at the light shining through the situations as a sign that they have been handed to Jesus.