Sunday, November 23, 2008

How to Pray

I've just bought this book from Amazon - it has some real useful ideas and tips on How to Pray...hence the name!


Friday, April 18, 2008

Dear God

Check out the prayer site - it's quite insightful. Thanks to Youth Ministry Blog for pointing this one out!


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Newspaper prayer idea

Another idea from the Baltic at of the exhibits was by an artist called Barthelemy Toguo. As part of this, he had covered all of the walls in the rooms with complete sheets from news papers (of the "broadsheet variety). These were not clippings, simply the pages of the news paper stuck on the wall. In addition to this he had marked out all of the text with a black marker pen, which gave the effect to the paper being censored. This meant that only the pictures remained. From my point of view, thing highlighted the pictures in a way that you would not normally notice and it caused you think about the subject matter behind the photo....I suspect this could be used as a way to stimulate prayer in a way that creating a collage of pictures does not. According to the blurb (if I remember this correctly), the artist was trying make the point that sometimes too many words get in the way....check out this page on his website.


Monday, March 31, 2008

"Pray it" with peelable photo stickers

During a recent trip to the Baltic at Gateshead I came across these "peelable photo stickers". It looks like this would make a great idea for prayer....get a load of photo's or newspapers, write our your prayer on the label and stick away!


Saturday, February 02, 2008

Prayer "beer mat" template

I've just put togeither a "beer mat" prayer card that I'm sending out to all the churches in our area. The idea is to keep people upto date with what we are doing. I've uploaded the "template" for this here. Note that I've printed this on thin A4 card using a colour laser printer.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pray pray pray postcard template

I've just uploaded a template for a postcard I've put together. I've printed it double sided, in colour, on 200gm white card. We are using this to keep folks up to date on various projects that we are working on. You can download the template here. If anyone knows of any other templates that are freely available, please let me know!

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Creative prayer archive

Thanks to David Keen, I've just come accross the Creative prayer achive on It has loads of interesting creative prayer ideas...well worth a look.


Thursday, September 06, 2007

Prayer ideas from Visions

I've just noticed that Visions have added some of their prayer ideas on their website. Check out this sample page.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Prayer idea - from the Eden project

I went to the Eden project a few weeks ago - definitely worth a visit. In one of the buildings there was an installation made from netting suspended from the ceiling in a circle. The whole thing was about 5 meters high. Next to it was a table with strips of coloured material (about 20 cm x 3 cm wide) and a notice What is important to you?

The idea was to take a piece of the material, write your though on it and then tie it to netting. It looked like they raised the netting a little higher each day so it would appear to grow higher. From the resulting pattern, they must have changed the colour of the material each day. Anyway, I thought this would be a idea that would be adapted for a prayer event...

Note that I posted some pictures on my moblog - see my post here.


Friday, June 01, 2007


While I was in Poland, I noticed a shop selling small flags - the kind of things that you'd put on a table to decorate them. They looked something like this, but they were a bit cheaper! It occurred to me that you could use these to prompt prayer - perhaps set out a series of tables, each with a flag some "interesting" facts about that country.

If you can't get hold of the flags, you could just print some out. I notice that wikipedia has a load of them here:


Friday, March 23, 2007

Prayer A...Z

I've seen this used at a conference I attended some years ago. The idea is to distribute sheets around the room, one for each letter on the alphabet. Then invite people to move around the room a pray about something related to that letter of the alphabet.


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Talk response 24: the news in pictures

As an alternative way of praying about the issues going on in the world, try using the news in pictures from the BBC website: See the link on the left hand side. For greater effect, collect the pictures for a week or two.


Saturday, December 09, 2006

Project 9-13: Prayer ideas

See these ideas for praying:


Monday, September 18, 2006

I noticed this website at Greenbelt - it has a few ideas for creative prayer.
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Monday, January 16, 2006

Prayer collage

He're an updated version of the prayer collage talk we did last week at Pathfinders.  A useful tip I discovered: if you want to get hold of old newspapers (from the last few weeks) in a hurry, call at your library - they will probably give you their old newspapers.  They were very helpful to me!

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Talk response 20: Paper prayer chains

Paper prayer chains - see the conclusion to this talk on friendship

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Family service - prayers for our nation

We're doing the prayers this morning in Church with some of our young people...we're going to pray for our nation. Here's a copy of the script we're going to use.


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Talk response 17: Newsround

TV prayer - video a news program such as Newsround. Show highlights to the group and ask them to pray about the issues raised

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Talk response 16: prayer ballons

Prayer balloons. Ask each person to write a prayer topic on a piece of paper and put it inside a balloon. Blow the balloon up and let it go so that balloons are distributed all round the room. Tell the group to stamp on a balloon and pick up the piece of paper that was inside it. Invite them to pray for the subject on the paper.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Talk response 15: ten by ten

The 10 x 10 website shows all the latest news as a series of pictures. Why not use it for prayer?

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Talk response 14: montage

Make a montage out of magazines. Include key headlines. To finish it off, write on some suitable words of prayer, ie, "Lord hear our prayer".

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Talk response 13: friendship braclet

Make a friendship bracelet. Each strand could represents a prayer. I think I saw this at Spring Harvest

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Talk response 12: pipe cleaners

Hand out some pipe cleaners and say "make something you hope for". Give people time to make something and then pray.

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Talk response 11: Worldometer

Display the Worldometer and use this as a prompt for prayer.

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Talk response 10: names in hat

Put the names of the people present into a hat. Ask each person to pick out a name and pray for them

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Talk response 9: candle

Light a candle for someone or something

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Talk response 4: Pass the parcel

Pass the parcel prayer:
1) pray when the music stops
2) include cards in the wrapping paper that are used as topics for prayer.

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Talk response 1: giant map

Make a giant map from an old road map - invite people to pray for different locations on the map. You could use post-it's (arrow shaped ones)

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