Many of us like the prayer cube which is used at TOFs before our meal for family prayer. If you don’t have one at home, why not make your own Prayer Pot?
Here are two fun examples- click on the photos to find out more about them.
Have fun creating your own meaningful family prayer pail- and come back and tell us about it!
For Methodists in Lancashire, 2013 is our district ‘Year of Evangelism.’ Now if prayer is a scary word, I think most of us would secretly confess that evangelism is even scarier!
But if you really think about it, evangelism starts with the simple act of sharing. We cannot effectively share God’s message in words if we’re not first sharing it in love. What could you share with someone in your life or your community- a cup of tea and a word of encouragement? How about a home-cooked meal? Could you babysit for a struggling parent? Help out a new neighbour to welcome them to the neighbourhood? Or give some time to someone who needs it?
Through the year we’ll be exploring how we can embrace evangelism in our church, in our homes and in our church family. So as we begin this new year, I encourage each of us to give some thought to a simple question- ‘What can I share?’ And let’s keep one another in prayer as we journey together in the coming year.
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.
Another family shares their adventures with the prayer torch…
We used the ‘Inspiring Prayer’ book to help us find the right words. We each took a turn to choose a prayer- one read a prayer for family; mum read a prayer for peace against violence, another child read the circle prayer and dad read ‘more faith.’
As we often sit down together at mealtimes, we decided this was the best time to focus on the prayer torch. We each took a turn on consecutive nights to hold the torch and read our prayer.
Praying together is not something we do as a family- if we had the prayer torch again we would use the Godventure cards for more ideas.
Last week the prayer torch visited the Taylor family. Here’s a snapshot of their ‘GodVenture’-
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. With God. It’s redefined prayer for us in a lot of ways. It’s an activity, a demonstrative act of sharing, joy, growth, safe confession, and forgiveness. We enjoyed writing our ‘sorry prayers’ in washing up liquid, and then washing them away.
We were moved by the depth of some of the suggestions in the GodVenture pack. Illustrative prayer that really brought us togther at set times. However, we didn’t do enough. You see, Mike and I really believe in the creative power of prayer, and the Prayer Torch has been a genius provision for this (thank you Rachel!). To really make it’s mark, we need to set aside time – mini-Sabbaths during each day when we worship together with joy, excitement, and quiet reflection. Opening our eyes in prayer has helped us to see the extraordinary gifts available to us when God is at our centre. Alleluliah
Thanks for sharing with us, Taylors!
The Olympics may be over, but the Circuit Prayer Torch is still going strong!
Last week at Chatburn Holiday Club we learned that when we pray, we pass on the ‘flame’ of God’s love to others. Children said prayers of thanks and asked for healing of loved ones. The torch will be visiting Waddington’s Holiday Club next week- please keep the flame going by praying for our children and leaders there.
More photos of the Chatburn Holiday Club fun coming soon.
Last week the Prayer Torch came to our home, and I’m glad it came when it did. With usual wrapping up of groups at the end of the year, and the busyness of organising holiday clubs while Carl is getting ready for a conference abroad, sadly prayer has hit the bottom of our to-do list lately.
What time(s) did you pray?
We tried doing our family prayers at dinner time or bedtime. This week we had a rare sunny evening (as seen in the photo above) when we could actually sit outside and enjoy a picnic dinner. Our prayers definitely focussed on thanksgiving that evening!
Which activity did you try?
The evening in the photo, we chose a GodVenture card which suggested we chat about our favourite things and most challenging things of the week so far, and then pray over them. These aren’t questions we usually ask each other, so it turned out to be a good family catch-up time. Of course our daughter can’t really hold a conversation yet, but we took it as an opportunity to discuss some of the comments we’ve received at her nursery- something we also don’t usually get time to do. Praying together over it all was really meaningful.
What did you like about your family prayer time, and how did it help your family?
Taking time just to be together, talk, and try something new created some really peaceful moments in our week. It was nice. I think it’s reminded us that praying and just being together is something we should make time for more often.