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"If you are sceptical about how a prayer space might be received at your school I would urge you to try it and see. I have been blown away by the responses of our young people to the opportunity it has given them to learn about the power of prayer first hand."Head of RE (Pakefield, Suffolk)

Playing Cards


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Category: Prayer Activities Age Group: 7 - 11's Age Group: 12 - 16's Age Group: 16+

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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.

The CLUB focuses on things that the students are fighting and wrestling with in thier lives, things that they are finding hard to overcome.

The DIAMOND focuses on things that are precious to the students, things that they long for (in the future).

The SPADE focuses on things that the students need to work at, to 'dig' into, things that require discipline and determination.

The HEART focuses on things or people that the students love and are grateful for.

This activity requires quite a lot of space, given that it really is four activities blended into one. It works best as giant-sized playing cards (aces, because they have a lot of blank space for the students to write on) on tables in the centre of a prayer space, or pinned to a large wall-space.

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