We all experience trouble and hard times. Sometimes the circumstances and situations around us are hard, and then sometimes it’s our inner-life - our feelings and fears and anxieties - that are hard. This activity encourages students to consider how they face and get through these hard times, and how this can become part of their personal development.
Hope is believing in, or for, a positive outcome… that the thing we want will happen, or that events will turn out for the best. Despair is the opposite of hope. This activity encourages students to identify the things that they are hoping for, and to express these as paper ‘prayer flowers’, which slowly open as they float on water.
This activity is more complex than most of the others in our library, and it breaks our own rules (!) in that it has more than one point. The use of the four playing card types - hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs - encourages students to explore four different prayer themes.
Bubble tubes and bubble walls, lava lamps and other slow-moving, coloured-light objects are great to use in prayer spaces because they help to foster a calm, relaxed atmosphere. This activity encourages students to write prayer requests, prayers of gratitude, etc. onto post-it notes and to stick them onto the tube. Students watch the bubbles rising as a symbol of their prayers ‘rising’ to God.
“It’s taken me two years to let go of that,” wept the sixth-former after she dropped her stone into the bowl, and placed the MP3 player on the table in front of her. This activity encourages students to recognise and begin to ‘let go’ of the hurtful things that others have said or done to them by holding and then dropping a stone into a bowl of clean water. Forgiveness is about letting go.