Teach children to pray for others. Family, friends, church members and neighbours are a few ideas to help children know who to pray for and why. Prayer cards are simply a card with a prayer or an encouraging thought to give to others. "I am praying for you" is a powerful statement for people of any age to give or receive. Children can make prayer cards and learn a valuable Christian lesson about praying for others.
Computer-generated Prayer Cards
Help kids create prayer cards on perforated business cards with a computer program.
Printing programs often include pictures to add to a business-sized card. Children can design a card with or without a picture, include their name and write a prayer or Bible verse on the card. Kids can also experiment with borders and fonts to create cards for special people or one that reflects their own personality and interests. Save card designs in order to print more when the child has handed out all his cards.
Recycle Greeting Cards
Spiritual and seasonal greeting cards typically have Christian-themed pictures on the card front. Have kids cut the front from the card, then use decorative scissors to trim the cards. Kids should write a prayer directed to a general recipient or a specific person on the back of the recycled greeting cards.
Create a notice board on which kids can post their own prayer requests. The child may choose whether or not to put her name on the prayer request slip. Classmates can write Bible verses, prayers or encouraging phrases on index cards and fasten each one near a personal prayer request on the notice board.
Prayer Card Keepers
Encourage children in your class or entire Sunday school program to give prayer cards often to other children. Have the kids create a prayer card keeper from a notebook of any kind. The kids may cover their notebooks with plain paper to colour a design with crayons or markers. Leaders may also choose to take a group photo for the kids to glue onto the front of their prayer card keepers. As time goes on, children will have taped or glued many prayer cards in their books, which will be a great encouragement to them during times of need or loneliness.
Giant Prayer Cards
When a classmate or church member is ill, have kids make a giant prayer card to give. Provide a piece of poster board for the kids to write and draw encouragements to the ill person. Fill the entire poster board with written prayers, Bible verses, photos of the class and personal messages to encourage the giant prayer card recipient.
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