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"The prayer space brought the whole school community together - a shared experience for all. It was a time to be still, to reflect on our many blessings and to consider issues affecting others both locally and across the world. I highly recommend that other schools adopt a prayer space time of their own. You won't be disappointed!"Jane Crouch (Head teacher, Oxford)

Jumping For Joy

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  • Jumping For Joy

Category: Prayer Activities Age Group: under 6's Age Group: 7 - 11's

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Joy isn't the same thing as happiness, but it is closely linked. Joy has a lot in common with gratitude, because it involves choosing to be or speak positively, even when some things around us are negative. This activity encourages students to think about things that make them joyful (joy-full) and to shout them out.

The best way to help children to pray is to let them experience an emotion or feeling and then relate it to prayer. The trampette will get most children smiling, if not grinning. Encourage them to turn that into prayer by shouting out the things that make them joyful.

Unsurprisingly, this activity works best with primary-aged children, and it's probably safer to only use it with primary-aged children too!

To get started, please download the PDF on the right.