Session Titles: Jesus Taught About Prayer
Life Point: Jesus taught people that prayer is important
Unit Bible Verse: “Everything you pray and ask for – believe that you received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Weekly Bible Verses: “Everything you pray and ask for – believe that you receive it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Bible Passage: Mark 5:1-2; 6:5-13
Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/
Craft: Lord’s Prayer Bracelet
Students will create a bracelet that will help them to remember the Lord’s Prayer as well as share it with others. The site below will walk you through how to explain the colors and the bracelet to the students
Craft: Praying Hands
This craft has the students trace their hands on the fold of a piece of paper to make them look like praying hands. Then inside they can paste the Lord’s prayer. You can use construction paper or decorative scrapbook paper
Snack: Prayer Pretzels
Make the Praying Pretzels ahead of time or at the beginning of class with the kids. Or buy some pretzels and explain that pretzels were first made by monks who gave them as rewards to children who had learned their prayers. The special twisted shape looks like the folded arms of a child praying. The word pretzel means reward.
Prop Lesson to learn Lord’s Prayer
Using everyday ordinary household items as props can help us in understanding the Lord’s Prayer. You can use any props you like, but suggested examples are listed below. You may find that discussing what props to use before you pray is the most interesting part of the whole exercise!
Our Father in heaven: a picture of a parent and child.
Hallowed be your name: an honors board, a prize-giving program, or a picture of an Oscar or Nobel Peace Prize being presented.
Your kingdom come: a national flag, or a postage stamp.
Your will be done: a recent newspaper, a dog lead, or a map.
On earth as it is in heaven: a picture of earth from space, or a newspaper.
Give us today our daily bread: a loaf or pictures of food, clothing and houses.
Forgive us our debts: a toy gun, or toy handcuffs, or a jail.
As we also have forgiven our debtors: a cross.
And lead us not into temptation: adverts for expensive items.
But deliver us from evil: a bottle labelled ‘poison’ (note: don’t use a real poison bottle!).
For yours is the kingdom: a crown (which could be made of paper).
And the power: foreign money, a toy weapon, or a picture of Parliament.
And the glory: a palm branch, or a picture of fans at a concert or football match.
For ever. Amen: a stopped clock.
You can use this prayer activity in three ways:
- You can project images of the items using an OHP or digital projector as you pray rather than using the real props, making sure you give space for reflection on each image. If each line of the prayer was printed alongside the image, people would know when to say the next line.
- You could distribute the props amongst the people in the room. Discuss together which item belongs to which line of the prayer. Then attempt to put them in order! Pray the prayer slowly while each person holds their item up.
- Gather all the props/items together and place them in the centre of your group. As you pray each line of the prayer, pass the appropriate item around your group, pausing long enough for it to make its journey around everyone. Finally, return the items to the middle of the room. Use the time to reflect on each items and the relevant line of the prayer.
Game: Prayer Hop
This game is good for learning the Lord’s prayer and the order it goes in.
Source: The Humongous Book of Games for Children’s Ministry