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John Wood, Rural Dean of Purbeck

"Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us that we must become like children in order to enter God’s kingdom, and you took children in your arms to bless them; guide us as we work to bring your special blessing to the young people in our communities in Purbeck; through your Spirit, give us wisdom to know how to do this; give us strength to undertake the task; give us compassion and a caring heart to reach out with your love, that your kingdom may grow and all rejoice in your blessing; for your glory’s sake. Amen"

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Prayer Bear

Have you ever been one of those people who hates praying out loud with other people? You want to join in really but you’re not sure how to do it?

Kids are just the same.

One way I use to encourage them to speak out their own prayers is to use my prayer bear. First we decide on a particular theme for our prayers, or a starter phrase like “Dear God, thank you for.......” then we pass the prayer bear around the circle. One at a time the person holding the prayer bear takes their turn to pray. Anyone who doesn’t want to speak can pass the bear on to the next person.

I have used this idea with several different groups and everyone will now pray out loud at least some of the time, and if we do prayers a different way they all ask where prayer bear is!

submitted by Hilary Bond

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