Thy Kingdom Come, Prayer Stations at St Mary's Saffron Walden
From Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th June 2019, St Mary's Saffron Walden hosted a variety of prayer stations suitable for all ages to explore creative ways to pray as part of "Thy Kingdom Come" Prayer Week. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. Find out mor about Thy Kingdom Come here and see more photos from St Mary's here.
Alex and Caroline took three of our young people to the Prayer Stations as part of one of their confirmation classes on Sunday 9th June. Here are some of the stations they visited.
Everyone has big questions about life. What are your big questions?
If you could ask God one question right now what would it be?
Sometimes we do and say things that hurt other people; saying sorry is admitting you are wrong
and that you want
things right again. Do you need to say sorry for something? If you want to, write or draw a sorry thought or prayer in the sand. When you've finished, smooth the sand as a symbol of God's forgiveness.
Think about all the good things in your life. Think of someone or something that you are really thankful for. For each one thread a bead onto elastic or pipe cleaner to make a bracelet. If you want to, say a thank you prayer for each person or thing represented by each bead. Take your bracelet home to remind you of what makes you truly thankful.
Stay here a while and spend a few minutes away from the noise and busyness of life. Sit, rest and be still.
Take time to spend with God who is with us in the silence, and longs for us to just "be" with him. There's no need to talk, no need to do anything.....Just "be".
When someone that we love leaves or dies, they leave a gap in our lives. We miss them. Is there someone you miss? Take a sprig of rosemary. Hold it. Smell it. Feel it. Think of the poeple who you have, for whatever reason, not seen for a while. If you want to, you can talk with God about how you are feeling.
When people argue and fight, they get separated from each other. They're not together any more. Have you argued with someone recently? Do you know people who don't get on well together? Zips are clever. Zips bring two sides together. Reconciliation means bringing two sides together.
Pick up a zip and think about people that you want to bring back together. If you want to, you can say a quiet prayer for the people you are thinking of as you do up the zip. This is a reconciliation prayer.
The Church isn't just the building, it's the people too.
It is made up of people who have many different gifts and talents.
Some are good at football, singing or dancing; others are good at organising, cooking or gardening.
Take a moment to think about what gifts and talents you have.
If you want to, take and write your name on a Lego brick and add it to the Lego body as you, too, are part of the Church.
Most of us have nice warm, clean homes. Many children around the world don't. Some children have no homes, or are forced to move about from place to place. Sit in the box. How would it feel to live in a box like this? If you want to, write or draw your thoughts or prayers on the box.