THY KINGDOM COME – COME PRAY WITH US
Family Prayer Activities at St. Cuthberts
Thanks for taking these Family Prayer Activities home. We hope you have fun praying together and that it draws your family closer together. Welcome to ten exciting days of prayer.
What’s this about? St. Cuthbert’s is participating in THY KINGDOM COME, a global prayer movement encouraging people to join in prayer for ten days from May 10 to May 20.
Why these ten days? Great question! We understand that God wants us to pray regularly but sometimes it helps to know that you’re part of something really big, something bold and dramatic. These particular ten days fall between two important Christian celebrations; The Feast of the Ascension where Jesus leaves this earth and ascends to heaven to be with God the Father and The Feast of Pentecost when we’re given the gift of the Holy Spirit. It’s that Spirit that walks alongside us every day. We hope and pray that the Spirit will breathe new life into your family prayer time. Sound exciting?
We’re not very good ‘prayers’. I don’t think we’re doing it right. No worries. Prayer is really about talking to God. You see, the prayers are already there, resting inside our hearts, waiting for us to give them voice. There’s no right or wrong way to pray. You just have to start simply and stick with it! Besides – you’ve got help! Find a little time to gather your family, try some of these activities, think, talk, laugh, reflect and, most important, listen for God’s voice.
Why not visit the church during the week. There are three prayer stations open over the next ten days. The Quiet Garden, The Youth Room and the Sanctuary each offers a unique invitation to listen, to be creative, to be at peace and to pray. Visit www.thykingdomcome.com for more creative ideas and activities about prayer.
Thanks to your family for praying with our St. Cuthberts family and with believers all around the world. Think of it – that’s a lot of Prayer Power! Praying together we can change the world.
For Younger Children: Good times to pray together are those times you do something regularly, like brushing teeth, eating a meal, walking or driving to childcare or school or going to bed. Keep prayer time short and simple particularly for younger children.
for a new day of work and play,
for the sunshine or the rain ,
Dear God, please look after my Grandma who has a new hip.
Jesus, be with children everywhere, especially the ones who are waiting in refugee camps.
God, I’m worried about starting piano lessons. I’m not sure I’ll be good at this.
Give your structure a name. Take a picture each time you create a LEGO PRAYER. Share your prayer activity with Church Kids
For Older Children
Thank you God for loving us and teaching us to love one another. Please keep ______ safe in your care. Amen
Keep your prayer rope in your pocket, by your desk or beside your bed, somewhere close to remind you of your friends and remind you to hold them in prayer.
Directions: During family prayer time alternate between – Dear God, I am thankful for… and… Please God help me with … Set aside 3 minutes for every family member to either write or illustrate one thing they are thankful for or need help with. Invite family members to share their prayers, only if they wish. Fold the prayers and place them in the box. When the ten days of Thy Kingdom Come is finished burn these papers outside praying …
Dear Lord, accept these prayers we’ve offered. May our petitions rise up just as you ascended into heaven. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers. Amen.