Recently we have started a new way of praying in our Junior Church. I was fresh back from Bible By the Beach, and the fantastic youth and children’s work that went on there. And from there we have snaffled an idea which helps our youngsters to think of something to pray for, and that encourages them to pray for a variety of things. Our secret: sweeties!
Every week the leader goes armed with a packet of Skittles (M&Ms or Smarties would work too). They go in a bowl and at our prayer time each child takes a sweetie. Then they say a prayer triggered by the colour of the sweet. Depending on the colour selection, you can make up your own code. Ours is as follows:
- Red – a sorry prayer
- Purple – prayer for the sick
- Green – prayer for the world
- Orange – a thank you prayer
- Yellow – prayer for the church
- Blue (when we have the special packet) – anything you like!
This would work for any small group – even grown ups who want a different way to pray. And good for families too – our kids love it!