With the 5-11s we have spoken a lot about how God can speak to us in pictures or words or ideas he puts into our head when we pray and listen to Him. We've also talked a bit about how, when reading the Bible, certain things might 'jump out' at us that help us in our lives.
Recently we had a prayer tent at the Olympic torch celebration in Nottingham and one of the things we offered was folded up blessings from the Bible that people could just pick out of a bowl and be blessed by. It was amazing how many people picked out a blessing that was directly relevant to what was happening in their life!
So I've made some blessings for the children in a similar way...
I took 6 verses from the Easy To Read version of the Bible and printed off some copies of each
These are the verses I used:
- Jeremiah 29: 11- Good plans
- Isaiah 40:31- strength
- Isaiah 41:10- don't be afraid
- 1 Peter 5:7- give worries to God
- John 14:27- peace
- Psalm 46:1- help in trouble
I then cut the verses into strips, folded them and put them in a gift bag.
We will use them in a guided session about blessing, but then the bag will be available on Sunday mornings during our prayer station time so that children can take a blessing when they want to. We'll just trust God to help them pick the one that speaks most to them!