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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)

Weightlifting Worry

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  • Weightlifting Worry

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

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Some worry is good, because it makes us take precautions in risky situations. But often worry is bad, because it generates anxiety and stress. Students worry about all kinds of things, real and imagined, at home and at school.

This activity encourages young people to think about the worries that are weighing them down and to ask God for strength to ‘lift’ it.

There are other prayer activities in our library which also focus on worry and anxiety. Most, however, are about 'letting go' of the heavy weights. This one is about asking for help to 'lift' them. In the instructions that you write for this prayer activity, you might want to say that sometimes our worries feel very big and heavy, and when they do, it's good to talk with a trusted adult (teacher, parent, etc.) about them, to help us to lift them.

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own." Jesus, Matthew 6v34

"Cast all your anxiety on him (God) because he cares for you." Peter, 1 Peter 5v7

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

(This prayer zone was created by Carla Taylor and the Stanford-le-Hope Boiler Room community.)