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'I was profoundly moved by the responses of some of the students to the opportunity to reflect on their lives in a quiet and safe place. It is evident that some of these young people are struggling to make sense of their lives and the challenges they face. In this noisy world of constant media stimulation there is a great need to give young people the space and time to be quiet and still and to reflect.'Volunteer (England)

Olympic Flame

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  • Olympic Flame

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

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Some students only focus on improving their skills and abilities, and not their character. For many reasons, some students struggle to believe that they're good in either area. This activity invites them to recognise the good things about themselves - good characteristics and attitudes (patience, joy, a good listener, compassionate, just) as well as skills and abilities (maths, running, hair-dressing, navigating) - and to ask God to help them 'be who they are'.

This prayer activity uses the Olympic Flame as a focus, with students writing what they are good at, or ways in which they are good, on strips of coloured tissue paper and weaving them into an ever-brightening 'flame'. However, the same theme could be applied to some entirely different activities.

If we are what we should be we can set the whole world on fire” St. Catherine of Siena

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.)