In this lesson, we focused on praying for others. Originally based off the Five Finger Prayer for Children (found over at Ministry to Children), I adapted the lesson a bit to fit our group.
What You Need:
- Construction Paper
- Crayons or Markers
- Notecards to write prayer requests on
To begin, we talked about the importance of prayer and the different types of prayer (thanksgiving, petition, praise, etc). Our class gathered together in a circle and each child gave a prayer request as I wrote them down on note cards. I then redistributed the notecards, and kids spent some time praying for one another’s requests.
After we were done prayer, I introduced the concept of the Five Finger Prayer to the kids.
In case you can’t read it, the fingers say:
- Thumb: Family and Friends
- Pointer: Leaders (president, teachers, pastor, etc)
- Middle Finger: People Far Away
- Ring Finger: Weak or Sick
- Pinkie: Myself
We all traced our hands onto a sheet of construction paper and then filled in the appropriate prayer directions. After this was complete, the kids glued their assigned prayer request to their paper. They were encouraged to hang the finished project somewhere where they would see it every day and be reminded to pray for one another.
What About You?
What kind of activities do you do to encourage kids to pray?