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Call to Prayer: Prayer Station
Did you know that most places like Hospitals and Medical Centres, Care Homes, Hostels and Shelters, Stores and Warehouses, Restaurants, Pubs and Bars, Take Away Services and Gyms can be open for 24 Hours during normal times? This means that there are always people working even if we do not see them. And it is interesting that one term used for this is: “The City that never Sleeps.” So, what about Prayer. Do you think that Sleeps?
Well the answer is “No.” In fact prayer is commanded in scripture to be a constant thing to do: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
So, what can we do?
Well the answer is actually quite easy during this time of isolation. We can build a Prayer Station in the corner of a room in our homes. This will remind us to take time out during anytime of our day to pray. Interestingly in Acts 16:13 we find that a place of prayer was common practice: “And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.”
How to Make a Prayer Jar
Instructions and images from http://www.ssww.com/blog/how-to-make-prayer-jars-religious-craft-activity-lesson/
1. First, you will want to add some colour to your Mason Jar!
· : Pour Elmer’s glue into a paint cup. Add a few drops of liquid watercolour (choose from red, yellow, blue, green, orange and violet). Mix it in with the glue. Add more watercolour if you want a darker colour. We used a little bit of blue to get a pastel blue, and a little bit of red to get a pastel pink. Use a paintbrush to brush the mixture onto the jar. NOTE: It will look streaky at first but dries smooth.
· : Pour acrylic paint into a paint cup. You can mix colours if you would like. Paint the entire jar, then wait until it dries. Add a coat of Mod Podge to prevent the paint from chipping off of the glass, and to add some shine.
2. Embellish your jar however you would like. We added craft trim around the top of the jar, sticky gems, and some fabric scraps from an old tie dye shirt. You can wrap them around the jar and use tacky glue to hold them in place. We also cut some small pieces of burlap ribbon and wrapped it around the blue and purple jars. It is best to use hot glue to hold this in place. For the pink jar, we wrapped colourful hemp around the middle. Be sure to start off with the string in the back and finish it in the back so it will not show.
3. Add some wood pendants. First, decorate them (some examples are in bullet points below). Use the colourful hemp roll to tie a lark’s head knot (find the middle of the string, make a loop, then pull it through) which is great for handing pendants. We also used hot glue to hold it in place.
· : Paint with white acrylic paint first, then added Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter over it before it dries.
· : For a natural look, do not paint the pendant. You can add sticky gem, etc.
4. Add a banner to label your jar. Use paper cardstock and cut out triangles. Then write the letters P-R-A-Y in marker. Glue the triangles to the twine with tacky glue. Wrap it around the jar. Now your Prayer Jar is done and ready to use.
5. Add Jumbo Craft Sticks for a fun activity!
Gather some , and bring your group together to write specific prayers, positive sayings, things to be thankful for, or names of community groups you would like to pray for. You can even write Bible verses on the craft sticks if you would like to introduce a discussion on a specific topic.
· Name a positive event that happened to you this year.
· Share one prayer you have seen answered.
· Give an example of a blessing God has given you.
· Pray for a family member, a friend or a neighbour in need.
· Pray for our country and the world during this time of Covid19.
Place the craft sticks in the Prayer Jars. When you are ready for the activity, each person will pull a craft stick out of the jar and follow what it says. This is a great activity to help both kids and adults with prayer, reflecting, and understanding the blessings God has given us.
If you choose to relate this to a Bible Verse on these topics, we have listed some below.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer,” (Romans 12:12).
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people,” (Ephesians 6:18).
“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth,” (Psalm 145:18).
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up,” (Luke 18:1).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God,” (Philippians 4:6).
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful,” (Colossians 4:2).
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work,” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
Our Circuit vision is important to us and one thing that we would love to see is more Youth Services and Discipleship. I am pleased to share that our is looking into running the course this Autumn. It is our goal, that we will be able to open doors with families who are asking questions on Christianity. We feel that the material is an exciting and engaging way to do this.