How to use
PRAYER SPACE RESOURCES
A prayer activity (e.g. Pray The News, Thankful Cards, Making An Impression, Fizzy Forgiveness) is a simple installation that provokes/inspires prayer and personal reflection. These prayer activities can be clustered into zones (e.g. World, Identity, Sorry, Thank you).
There are already hundreds of different prayer activities being used in primary and secondary school prayer spaces, and you'll find at least 50 examples in our PRAYER ACTIVITIES library. These prayer activities are being adapted and improved all the time, and new ones are being created by local prayer space teams (and even by students), so keep visiting.
There are a variety of ways to choose and use prayer activities in your prayer space. For example, you can create prayer spaces around themes and seasons (e.g. Advent, Easter, change, stress), around stories (e.g. Jesus’ parables, Abraham, The Garden of Eden, the Lord's Prayer) or adapt them to fit with other prayer models (e.g. a seed trail, a labyrinth).
Prayer activities are usually flexible and open, and yet they do need some structure so that participants can engage with them easily and confidently. In our experience of more than 1000 prayer spaces, we've found that the very best prayer activities are:
Clear and simple
Can the prayer activity be explained to a student in two sentences? Beware of abstract concepts and religious words.
Easy to access, relevant
Does the prayer activity begin with something familiar, something that students will relate to and can respond to immediately? Don't tart with a philosophical idea or a theological truth. Start with the student and ask questions.
Does the prayer activity have something relevant for the students to do? Prayer is more than words. The best prayer activities combine something to reflect on and something to do that symbolises a response.
Will all students, whatever their ability, religious or cultural backgrounds, and learning styles feel welcomed by, and included in, this prayer activity? Prayer activities are sometimes challenging, but they should never exclude.
Will the students gain simple ideas and self confidence from this prayer activity that they can take with them into their everyday lives? With or without Post-it notes.
Personal and Corporate
The best prayer spaces provide opportunities for a shared spiritual experience as well as a personal one. Try to use or create a few prayer activities that enable both.
Is this prayer activity rooted in the Christian faith, in the life and teachings of Jesus... even if the connection isn’t obvious and explicit?