Prayer

Posted: February 24, 2016 in Lent
Lent Prayer
Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring prayer, fasting and almsgiving as part of our Lenten journey.  This week the focus is prayer. AS well as using the resources on the Prayer tab above, below are a few activities that could be used in form during prayer time:
BIRTHDAY PRAYER BOARD
Put up a wall calendar and ask your form to write their names beside their date of birth. Thank God for each student during their birthday week.
PRAYERS IN A HAT
Ask everyone in the form to put their name on a piece of paper. Place the pieces of paper into a hat or another convenient container. Then pass the hat around the form and ask each student to take out a piece of paper. Encourage them to pray for that person during the coming week.
NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST
Ask the group to face each of these directions in turn and then pray together in silence, or out loud, for any specific needs, personal, individual, local, national, global in that direction. An example of this could be: North (towards Edgware hospital) – Pray for all who are ill , South (towards London) – Pray for those who are ruling our country, East (towards St Margaret Clitherow)  – Pray for our local Parishes,  West – Pray for the people of Syria.
NEWS PRAYER 
Collect together some of the TV news headlines (local, national, global) from the previous week as a short video or PowerPoint presentation. Alternatively, select 3-4 headlines from newspapers and stick them to a piece of card. Ask students to write a prayer about one of the subjects, and then in turn, to read them out. Or, give out copies of the day’s newspapers and ask the young people to cut out or highlight stories they wish to pray for.
PRAYER MAPS 
Place a large map at the centre of the room. Read 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 and invite students to get into small groups of 3 or 4 and encourage them to pray for those in authority. Pray for the government and leaders. Pray for wisdom as they govern. Pray that peace and justice might rule in their lives.
Please also remind students that there is daily prayer in the Chapel at 8:10am every day,  plus lunch time activities:
Monday – Meditation
Tuesday – Eucharistic services in the Chapel
Wednesday -, CAFOD soup and a roll lunch in RE4
Thursday –  Private prayer in the Chapel
Friday – Stations of the Cross in the Chapel
Have a prayerful week,
The Chaplaincy team

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