Daily Classroom Prayers
w/c 21 and 28 October 2019
“Pray continually and never lose heart.” Luke 18:1
Body prayers are a way of talking to God with our bodies rather than with words. In the same way that we wave ‘hello’ or we give someone a hug, body prayers are a way of expressing ourselves to God through our movements. Body prayers are great for children because they love to move! They can help children to see the fun side of praying and give the opportunity for kinaesthetic and visual learners to feel fully included and involved in a prayer time.
How to Lead
- The Prayer Leader should read the text on the screen.
Here use the optional Appendix 2: Warm Ups as you wish throughout the week to energise the class ahead of the prayer time.
- Use the Appendix 1: Teacher Script to facilitate today’s body prayer:
- Monday: Thankfulness Shapes – children think about what they are thankful for and express it by creating its shape with their bodies.
- Tuesday: Body Scan Forgiveness – Through identifying any tension or anger in their bodies, children are asked to release it as they would forgive a person who had hurt them.
- Wednesday: I see God! – Using a rhyme with actions, children learn to see God all around them.
- Thursday: I have a dream! – Children express their prayers for the world and see them acted out by their classmates.
- Friday: Rhythm Prayer – A clapping rhythm where children express thankfulness to God.
Conclude together with a final thought from the Prayer Leader.
Please watch prayer writer Charlotte give an Overview of the Body Prayers, and lead the various prayers with children from St George’s Catholic Primary school in Shoeburyness.
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