The Circuit Family Prayer Torch has finished its journey around Clitheroe right on schedule. It began with a prayer walk through Clitheroe in July, which inspired some guests from the park to come into church for a cup of tea, then visited all the holiday clubs in the Circuit before being passed from home to home among our church family. I’ve been inspired by the beautiful and heartfelt stories written in the accompanying prayer journal- I hope you will be too!
‘At our home it reminded us to take time in our busy week to share with each other and be thankful for the good things, as well as ask for help with the challenging things. ‘
‘The prayer torch brought with it a lot of excitement in our house. The thought of ‘holding a prayer’ galvanised the children into full-bodied engagement with prayer and with God… We enjoyed writing our ‘sorry prayers’ in washing up liquid, and then washing them away.’
‘Even though I do not have a family of children at my house it was lovely to be able to invite some of those in a similar position to me to call and have a prayer time and a cuppa. Several friends came to share some meaningful prayer times.’
‘We used the Inspiring Prayer book to help us find the right words. We each took a turn to choose a prayer… As we often sit together at meal times we decided this was the time to focus on prayer.’
‘The prayer torch focussed our minds to do something different as praying is not something we have done as a family before. It reminded us to take time to reflect on what is important, something we often forget in our busy lives.’
‘I took the prayer torch to a neighbour and prayed with her for herself and her friends.’
Of course, we don’t need the prayer torch pray at home. But if you find it a challenge to know what to say or do, here are some family-friendly resources which might help (available to borrow, if you would like- just get in touch!):
- Prayer Godventure 52, is a pack of children’s playing cards with 52 creative prayer ideas to thank God, say sorry to God, ask God to act (please) or simply chat with God. Available at http://www.godventure.co.uk
- Inspiring Prayer, this booklet includes Bible verses about prayer, written prayers, and prayer exercises, all beautifully illustrated in watercolours to do just what the cover suggests. Available at http://www.sgmlifewords.com
- Or check out the suggestions and articles on the Mother’s Union website at http://www.themothersunion.org
Thanks to everyone who participated- we met our goal of ‘passing the torch’ until Christmas! I hope we haveall been blessed in the experience.