Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Classroom Prayer Spaces Taster

The Church School where we did our week long prayer space in September has asked me to help with setting up prayer activities for each classroom. The idea is that an activity will stay in a class for 2 weeks and then be swapped with one from another classroom. At the end of last week we got all of the new prayer activities into the library and each class came to test them out!

Prayer board: requests pinned on one side and moved over to the other side when they have been answered

Writing letters to God

Healing prayers: Writing on plasters the names of people who need to get better 

Reflective space: with books, colouring sheets, marble mazes, reflection bottles and mermaid sequin cushions.

We will also be giving out a monthly take home prayer activity for each child. January was coin prayers!

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Praying for Protection: Armoured Oranges

This prayer activity would work really well if you are looking at the Armour of God or any story involving God's protection.

You will need: oranges or tangerines/ clementines (one for each child plus a couple of spare ones), permanent marker pens, a tall, clear jug or vase.

Peel an orange or tangerine and put it into the water. It will sink to the bottom of the jug. 

Then put an orange with the peel left on into the water. It will float. The peel is actually like armour, keeping the orange safe from sinking. 

Ask children to write or draw on their oranges things that they would like protection from in life- maybe things that scare them. Float the decorated oranges in the water as a celebration of the protection and strength God can give.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

DIY Nativity Story Spoons (print and colour in!)

I try to buy or make a new nativity scene every year and this year I decided to have go at making some story spoons. These can either be displayed or used to retell the story and are a good size to be held by little hands!

You will need: 10 wooden spoons (you can buy some quite cheaply for crafts), a copy of the print out, colouring pens and pencils, scissors, glue or sellotape.

Print out the story spoons sheet and get children to colour in the character pictures.

Cut the pictures out and glue or tape each of them to the back of a wooden spoon. I used sellotape so that I can remove the pictures easily and make a different story.

Tell the story using the spoons as props!

Friday, 22 November 2019

Armour of God: DIY Weebles

I've been thinking about the armour of God recently and this is a fun activity that really helps to emphasize the idea of 'standing firm' in the strength that God gives. It also really takes me back to my childhood of playing with 'Weebles' (they wobble, but they don't fall down!)

You will need: permanent marker pens, plastic Easter eggs that can be opened up, blue tack, marbles, small decorative stickers.

An important attribute of the armour of God is that it helps us to stand our ground and to stand firm against the things that might try to upset us and throw us off course. These ‘weebles’ might wobble, but they will stand their ground and not fall over! 

Open up a plastic Easter egg and put a blob of blue tack on the inside, at the bottom. Wedge a marble on top of the blue tack so that it stays in place. 

Close the Easter egg and decorate it with the permanent markers and stickers to reflect your personality.

Try to knock the egg over. It will wobble, but always come back upright because of its weighted bottom. Use this as a starting point to talk about God’s power to keep us protected and stable when things are trying to knock us down.