18 September 2022
Bible readings for today
God our true wealth,
may we be faithful in things both small and great,
and serve the needy and the poor,
so that finally we can be entrusted with your true riches;
through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Importance of Prayer (1 Timothy 2: 1-7)
Interactive Prayer Stations
About the Activity:
In 1 Timothy 2:1-3, Paul gives Timothy some instructions for prayer. This activity is based on these verses. There is a station for each of these times of prayers: petitions, prayers of peace, intercession, thanksgiving and prayer for kings and leaders.
This activity will work in your children’s ministry programme or as an all-age activity for your whole church.
Prayer Stations Instructions.pdf
Prayer Stations Leaders Notes.pdf
Setting up the room
You will need to set up five stations in the room, with the prayer card and the equipment listed below. If your group is large you might need to set up two stations of each activity (i.e. two stations for petition prayers).
It is a good idea to have an adult or young person based at each station to guide the children as they pray.
Each prayer station has a jigsaw puzzle piece to collect. This puzzle can be downloaded, one per child, and cut up beforehand. As the children and leaders move around the stations they collect a puzzle piece. By the end they will be able to complete the puzzle and take it home as a reminder.
Begin by reading this to the whole group:
Paul says to offer up all kinds of prayers. He gives Timothy some examples. We are to pray for ourselves, but not just for ourselves. We are to pray for others, for our leaders and to give thanks. These prayer stations will help you to explore the different kinds of prayers Paul tells Timothy about. You will need to move around these stations quietly so as not to disturb others. You may talk to others or pray together.
You will need to collect a puzzle piece at each station as you go around.
Move at your own speed. The idea is not to get around each station as fast as possible, but to stop and listen to God. You might find you only spend time at one or two stations.
Let me pray before we begin (insert your own prayer)
Thanks to Annette Osborne from SUNZ for this great resource!
The Parable of the Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-13)