Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.
(Francis Xavier, 1506 -1552)
"Cheeky Monkey TV" is a fun way of engaging children with praying to God. In this episode (3.20min) we learn about how amazing a school assembly is:-
(A modern prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
• (Teacher) " I want you to think for a moment about something that you are anxious about and give this thought to God" (wait a while)
• "Now think about somebody else in this classroom and what they may be worried about. Give these concerns to God and pray for them in your heart" (wait a while)
• "Take the last few moments to thank God for something. This could be something you have learned today, or an interest that you have, or anything else that comes to mind" (wait a while).
• Then conclude with a short prayer, which could be spontaneous or a set prayer such as such as the "Glory Be".
• (Student 1)"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change"
• (Student 2) "Courage to change the things I can"
• (Student 3) "And wisdom to know the difference."
• The rest of the serenity prayer can be prayed in the same manner.
You could also encourage the children to write their own short prayers (e.g. one or two lines) and pray them together in this way.
an inspiring prayer suitable for showing with teenagers in high school or in a church youth meeting:-
• If you are new to this kind of thing, consider writing down your own short prayer that you can read out. Then have this at hand as a back-up. You can always use some or all of this should you find spontaneous prayer too difficult to begin with.
(a modern school prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
More prayers for school aged children...
here are links to some more resources on prayer