Kinetic Sand Prayer Station

Kinetic Sand Prayer Station

At our Winter Overnight a couple of days ago we did a time where we set up prayer stations. One of those stations you will find below. It used sand as a way to help students realize they were making impressions on the people around them. I didn’t want to make a mess with real sand so I got some kinetic sand. Let me tell you this stuff is amazing! Check out my video below. It is now my favorite desk toy.

So something a little sillier. Here is the text of the prayer station. I set up two bowls of kinetic sand for them to make impressions in.

Read Acts 1:8

Right before He went back to live in Heaven, Jesus commanded his followers to take His truth around the world. Your life is affecting the lives of those around you. As you move through your days and weeks you are leaving marks that others can see. You are impacting the people around you for eternity, but are you impacting them for good or for evil? Are you pointing them toward God or away from Him?

Spend a moment making impressions in the sand. As you press the sand notice how you leave your fingerprints. In the same way as you move through your life you are leaving your prints on the people around you. As you make impressions in the sand ask God to mold your life into one that points people towards Him.

To continue this act of commitment, choose one of your classes at school. On the back of this sheet write the names of all the people in that class. As you write their names pray for each person. Pray that God will help them see the truth about who He is and that He will use you to make an impact in their lives.

Back to School Prayer Stations

Back to School Prayer Stations

This is a collection of seven prayer stations specifically designed for a back to school prayer service. Check out the general instructions below and if you have any questions let me know.

How it Works

  • Create a space for each station. The station will dictate what sort of space is required, but normally a table containing the instructions and materials will be sufficient.
  • Spread the stations out around your room so that participants will be able to move freely between them.
  • Include space around your room for participants to simply sit and worship too
  • Spend some time designing your stations with material, candles, and other elements that seem appropriate.
  • Print the instructions for each station and place them where they can be seen easily.
  • Place the materials on each station. (If something is going to be used and placed back you may need only a few of them, if something will be used and taken you will need as many as you have participants)
  • Play some soft music while people are engaged with the stations to cut down on distractions and help keep people focused.

Used

  • several pieces of clay
  • wipes or hand sanitizer
  • place to throw wipes away

Instructions:

Isaiah 64:8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

For some unknown reason God chooses to use us to accomplish his plans. More than that, he loves using us. The Bible calls God the potter and us the clay to be molded.

Take a piece of clay and kneed it in your fingers. As you do ask God to show you where he wants to use you. Ask him to mold you into a tool He can use to reach your friends.

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Light

  • tea lights
  • matches
  • a place to place burned matches
  • Bibles

Set up:

Place a number of tea lights on a table. A good number would be to double the number of people you think would be attending. Be sure that the lights are sitting on something that will be ok if it gets wax on it. Place matches and a place to put burned matches on the table along with the instructions. If students don’t normally have Bibles you may want to provide them as well.

Instructions:

Read Matthew 5:13-16 Many people live in darkness, but the Bible calls you to be the light of the world. Think for a moment about your friends who don’t know God. Pray for them, that God will open their eyes and hearts to His joy. Pray that he will use you to help them see His light. Then light a candle as a symbol of God bringing light to their lives.

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Worship

  • instructions sheet

Set up: Print the instructions on the front of your paper and the verses listed below on the back. (All verses come from the NIV)

Instructions:

Sometimes we don’t tell others about God because we have a very small idea of who God is. It is like we have God in a little box. That idea of God isn’t very inspiring to those around us and it isn’t true.

Using the verses on the back of this sheet, take a guided tour of the greatness of God. Read each verse slowly and let the majesty of God wash over you.

As you read imaging you are trying to cram more and more truth into your little God box. Imagine the box straining at the seams until finally, as you read the last verse, the box explodes and God is revealed in all His glory.

Verses:

Deut. 4:24 the Lord your God is a consuming fire

Deut. 4:31 the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.

Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

2 Samuel 22:3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior

Job 36:22 “God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

2 Cor. 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

Zeph. 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

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Intercession

  • large pictures of the schools your students attend
  • small pieces of paper for journaling (we used letter paper cut into quarter sheets)
  • cork board
  • push pins
  • pens
  • Bible
  • Place the school pictures on the cork board so that students can pin their prayers on top of them.

Instructions:

Open your Bible and read Ephesians 6:18

It has been said that we don’t talk to our friends about God because we don’t talk to God about our friends. Too often we forget to pray for our friends and for our schools.

Find a place to be by yourself and use the paper provided to journal a prayer for your school and your friends. When you are finished come back and pin your prayer on top of your school.

As each worshiper prays you will see your school covered in prayers.

(If you don’t have a school or if your school isn’t pictured then you can still pray for your friends and place your prayer out to the side)

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Pray

  • pens

Instructions: 

Find a place to be alone. Think of at least 3 people in your life who need to know about the love of God. It could be a member of your family or your close friend. Write their names below.

Now kneel down and pray for each one of the names you have written. No gimmicks, no tricks, just take their name before the Lord. Pray passionately for them. Ask God to soften their hearts. Ask God to give you an opportunity to tell them about His love.

Whatever you do, however you do it, just pray.

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Prints

Moon Sand (available at a department store or toy store). You will need several containers.

Instructions:

Read Acts 1:8

Right before He went back to live in Heaven, Jesus commanded his followers to take His truth around the world. Your life is affecting the lives of those around you. As you move through your days and weeks you are leaving marks that others can see. You are impacting the people around you for eternity, but are you impacting them for good or for evil? Are you pointing them toward God or away from Him?

Spend a moment making impressions in the sand. As you press the sand notice how you leave your fingerprints. As you move through your life you are leaving your prints on the people around you. As you make impressions in the sand ask God to mold your life into one that points people towards Him.

To continue this act of commitment, choose a class that you have during the day. On the back of this sheet write the names of all the people in that class. As you do pray for each person. Pray that God will help them see the truth about who He is and that He will use you to make an impact in their lives.

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Why

  • large piece of paper on a focal wall
  • pens/markers
  • instructions posted where they were easy to read

Instructions: Read 1 Peter 3:15

If Christianity is so hard then why is it worth it? Why would anyone choose to follow God? Is it just so they can go to heaven?

On the wall write or draw reasons someone would want to follow God. You can write as many as you want.

Seeds: A Worship Outline for Back to School

Seeds: A Worship Outline for Back to School

I have just finished editing an old worship outline that I had on Nailscars.com called SEED Worship. All of the ideas have been up here before, but honestly once I looked at it the format was almost unusable. I think it is a little easier to figure out now.

I wanted to put a link to it because it is a New Year’s type worship outline that would work very well as a back to school event. If you use it for a back to school you may want to also check out the Back to School Prayer Stations too and see if you would rather use some of those instead. They are still in a rough form, but using the stuff from SEED you should be able to figure it out.

Love Worship Stations

Love Worship Stations

Each of these stations were designed to be used by individual worshipers in a self-guided worship activity. These stations were written to accompany the LOVE worship outline, but they can be used on their own as well.

How it Works

  • Create a space for each station. The station will dictate what sort of space is required, but normally a table containing the instructions and materials will be sufficient.
  • Spread the stations out around your room so that participants will be able to move freely between them.
  • Include space around your room for participants to simply sit and worship too
  • Spend some time designing your stations with material, candles, and other elements that seem appropriate.
  • Print the instructions for each station and place them where they can be seen easily.
  • Place the materials on each station. (If something is going to be used and placed back you may need only a few of them, if something will be used and taken you will need as many as you have participants)
  • Play some soft music while people are engaged with the stations to cut down on distractions and help keep people focused.

Love Letter to God

  • Stationary (we used card stock cut in half and the folded like a card)
  • Pens

Instructions:

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. 1 John 4:16a (NIV)

There is nothing quite as amazing as a love letter from someone we love. We read each word carefully searching for hidden meaning. We scrutinize and memorize as we rejoice in every sentence every syllable. In many ways the Bible is God’s love letter to us. It is a record of His work in the world and it is His way of reminding us of His love for us that He proved on the cross.

Take some time and come up with your own love letter to God. Write an original work of art that expresses your love to God. It can be a poem or a paragraph or whatever you feel like saying.
Remember that love is more than just a feeling it also involves your actions.

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6 (NIV)

Love Art

  • art supplies
  • paper (we used one big communal piece of paper, that way at the end we had a mural of the love of God)

Instructions:

Read the verses below, then without using a heart as a symbol draw a picture of love

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. [35] By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35 (NIV)

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Loved

  • build a large free standing cross (ours was made out of 4x4s)
  • Paint the cross black
  • Use red paint pens to write the bad list on one side of the cross (fill the cross with words even if you need to repeat a few)
  • Use white paint pens to write the good list on the other side of the cross (fill the cross with words even if you need to repeat a few)
  • Set the cross somewhere that worshipers have access to both sides
  • Bad Word List: Unloved, Unloveable, Unworthy, Ugly, Worthless, Useless, Forgettable, No good, Used, Overlooked, Ignored, Hated, Outcast, Stupid, Guilty, Forgotten, Alone
  • Good Word List: Loved, Chosen, Worthy, Beautiful, Valuable, Useful, Important, Holy, Noticed, Loved, Liked, Invited, Picked, Forgiven, Remembered, Family, Child of God, Saint, Changed, Reborn, Renewed, Restored, Loved, Loved, Loved, Respected, Welcome, Transformed

Instructions:

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 (NIV)

It is the cross where God proved his love for us. But many times it is hard for us to feel very loved. The words of our own mind and the words of others are more real to us than the words of God.

Look at the front side of the cross (the side with the red words). Read the words that are written there. As you come to a word that you feel is true about your life, or that others have called you or have made you feel then place you hand on that word.

The beauty of the cross is that none of those words are true about you. God loves you and proved that love in the cross. This means that you are important to God.

Move to the other side of the cross and read the words there that are true about you. Place your hand on any that are hard to believe and ask God to speak the truth of those words to your soul.

 

Healing Love

  • Heart shaped cutouts (you will need two for each worshiper)
  • Box for heart pieces

Instructions:

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)

Take a heart from the stack on the table and find a place to be by yourself.
Think of the times in the past that you have been hurt. What pains are you still holding on to? What are you having trouble letting go? These pains may be things done to you by someone else or by your own mistakes. For each of these hurts tear a piece of your heart. Don’t hide the things that hurt you be honest with yourself as you tear your heart.

Now go back to the table and place the pieces of your heart in the box and get a new heart.

That new heart is the heart that God wants to give you. Real life hurt can’t be healed in one night, but all healing comes from God. It is God’s love for you that restores you and creates in you a new heart.

Take your new heart home as a reminder that God can heal you.

Love in Action

  • Index Cards
  • Pens
  • List of Actions (on back of instruction sheet)

Instructions:

Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” John 14:21 (NIV)

Love isn’t just a feeling it is action. Love is a verb. Look at the list of actions on the back of this sheet. They are each actions that require you to get out of your comfort zone and reach out in love.

Spend some time in prayer asking God to show you how He is asking you to reach out in love.

Take one of the cards from the table and write down the love actions that God is calling you to do. Then take this card home and put in somewhere that you will see it everyday as a reminder of your commitment to love.

The Actions:

I will spend time with someone who needs a friend

I will spend time with someone in this youth group who I don’t know very well.

I will stop gossip when I hear it, and I will not pass it on to others.

When I see someone getting picked on I will step in and defend him/her

I will do something nice for my parents

I will share the truth about Jesus with my friends.

I will remember that my life is a picture of the gospel for others and I will live a life that points others to God.

I will choose to stay away from places and situations that can ruin my testimony to others

I will take an interest in how God’s love is being shared around the world.

 

Seed Prayer Stations

Seed Prayer Stations

Each of these stations are designed to lead participants in a self-guided worship experience. These were written specifically to be used with the SEED worship outline, but can be used on their own as well.

How it Works

  • Create a space for each station. The station will dictate what sort of space is required, but normally a table containing the instructions and materials will be sufficient.
  • Spread the stations out around your room so that participants will be able to move freely between them.
  • Include space around your room for participants to simply sit and worship too
  • Spend some time designing your stations with material, candles, and other elements that seem appropriate.
  • Print the instructions for each station and place them where they can be seen easily.
  • Place the materials on each station. (If something is going to be used and placed back you may need only a few of them, if something will be used and taken you will need as many as you have participants)
  • Play some soft music while people are engaged with the stations to cut down on distractions and help keep people focused.
  • All of these stations need a Bible so you may want to just make sure everyone has one before you start

Clean

  • small dry erase boards
  • dry erase markers
  • some sort of cloth or eraser
  • Bibles

Instructions:

Take one of the dry erase boards from this table and a dry erase marker, find a Bible and a quiet place to be by yourself. If there aren’t any dry erase boards come back in a few moments.

As we look to move into this new year it is important to start with a clean slate. Read 1 John 1:9. Confession is really just our agreeing with God that we have messed up. Think back over the past year and search your heart for sins that you haven’t owned up to yet. Most of us try to justify the things that we do wrong in our lives. Don’t try to make excuses just stand tall before God and admit that you have messed up. Make a list of the things you have done wrong on your board.

Once your list is complete read 1 John 1:9 again. All of those sins that you have been holding on to God wants to forgive. Pray and ask God to forgive you of each specific sin wiping it off the board as you do.

Now look at the board that you are holding. It is a clean slate. That is the same as your life. The wonderful, scandalous thing about God’s grace is that He continually makes your heart fresh and new. Go into this year rejoicing that God has forgive you and given you a new clean life.

Once you are finished take the board and marker back to the table.

 

Thankful

  • pens

Instructions

Take this sheet, a pen, and a Bible and find a place to sit by yourself

Read Psalm 100

Around the start of a new year it seems that everywhere you turn you see another list: top 10 videos of the year, top 15 reality show moments, etc. Use this time to make your own list about the past year. Using the back of this sheet, come up with 25 things that you can thank God for that happened this year. These things can be little or big don’t worry about trying to think of the perfect thing just let your gratitude flow from your heart.

Once you have finished attach your list to the wall with the others. You may want to spend some time reading what others are thankful for and add your gratitude to theirs.

New

  • An outline of a butterfly on sheets of paper (the simpler the better because participants will be cutting it out)
  • scissors
  • pens/markers

Instructions

Get a Bible and find a seat here at this table.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are in Christ you are a new creation. Too often we forget that we are to be something different, that we aren’t like everyone else, that we have been changed. At the start of this new year it is a good time for you to remember that you have been made new.

Take one of the butterfly outlines and cut it out. As you are cutting think about what new things God is calling you to this year. Are there some things that you need to remove from your life? Are there some actions that you need to start taking?

Once you have cut out the butterfly on the left wing write some of the things that you need to remove from your life. On the right wing write the things that you feel God telling you that you need to start doing. Don’t make decisions so outrageous that you can’t possibly live up to them. For instance God probably isn’t calling you to read your Bible for 5 hours a day, but he may be telling you to read a little every day.

Once you have created your resolutions list take your Butterfly home with you and put it somewhere that you can see it everyday to remind you of the fact that you are a new creation.

Rejoicing

Instructions

Take this sheet, the “Create Your Own Psalm” sheet, a pen, and a Bible to a place where you can sit by yourself.

Too many times we come into worship and we simply recite the words of others. While it isn’t bad to use songs that others have written there is something special when you use words that come from your own heart.

As we look at this new year spend some time and compose your own new psalm of praise to God. You can use the outline provided or you can come up with a totally new psalm. Once you have finished take it home as a reminder to continual find new ways to praise God this year.