When we talk to God, it's called prayer. This week, we are learning about prayer, all the different ways we can pray, and we are encouraged to pray for ourselves and for others.
Watch our D.A.T. for this week, in four parts, featuring the awesome Rev Anne, Marijke & Siu and family.
Here is Rev Anne, with some words of wisdom on prayer:
Listen to me read the lovely book, The Invisible String.
Sing along with Siu & family, to a special song about prayer - in English and Samoan:
Popsicle Prayer Pot
Use popsicle sticks (ice-block or ice-cream sticks) and an old jar or tin to make a popsicle prayer pot. On each stick, write someone or something you would like to pray for, or thank God for. Decorate a jar or tin, and keep your prayer sticks in it. Pull out one or two sticks at a time, and chat to God. It can be out loud, a quiet whisper, or silently in your head. God hears all our prayers.
Invisible String Hearts
Cut out the hearts below, or draw your own. Colour and decorate each heart - either using pencils or watercolour paints. Write the name of someone you love in each heart. Don't forget to include your own name!
Glue the hearts onto a large sheet of paper. Use a white crayon to draw a squiggly line, from heart to heart. Paint over the background with watercolour paint, watered down paint, or water coloured with a drop of food colouring. The white line (invisible string!) will show through.
Either print out the maze below, or create your own heart maze for yourself or someone else in your family to do.
Paper Chain People
Make some paper chain (or accordian) people... colour them in to represent the friends and family you love.
I tried making these circular paper chain people... I didn't think they turned out too bad!
Here's the link to the instructable:
Five Fingered Prayer
You might like to make a handprint, or draw around your hand, to remind you of this fun way to pray.
1. Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. Family and friends.
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for our prime minister, leaders in government. They need God’s guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Did you know the ring finger is our weakest finger? This finger reminds us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need our prayers day and night.
5. And finally, our little finger; the smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “the least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinky finger reminds us to pray for ourselves. By the time we have prayed for the other four groups, our own needs will be put into perspective!
Click HERE to go to our online prayer.
Yarn Wrapped Heart
Cut out a heart shape from a piece of cardboard (you could use an old cereal box).
Tape or glue one end of some wool or string onto the heart. Next, wrap the wool around the heart over and over, in random directions. When it's well covered, tie and tuck the end in. You could leave a long end before cutting it off, so you've got something to hang it with.
Twig & String Art Ornaments
Gather three twigs and tie them together to make a triangular shape. Wind different colour string or wool from side to side to fill in the middle. Hang them in a window or from your doorhandle, to remind you to talk to God.
Use an old tin, or plastic cup, some string or wool and beads or buttons, to create this colourful wind chime. Hang it somewhere to remind you that we are all connected to one another, and to God, by the power of love.