About Worship & Prayer

Resources that help us encounter God, from creative prayer ideas to all age services. Use the buttons to find a worship and prayer resource by category or view all these resources below.

Knotted Up

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 18 September 2017

Hand out pieces of string or rope to everyone.
Without naming names, think about if there is someone you need to forgive (it might help if you give some suggestions of situations to help them.) You might have someone in your family you need to forgive, or perhaps a friend or someone at... See more

Seven Pathways to God

Contributed by: Emily Paterson and Kirstin Cant, Diocese of Auckland, 17 July 2017

A series of exercises to help young leaders and older teens to explore different ways of engaging and connecting with God.
God has made us all uniquely. Therefore, the way we draw close to and connect with God will be different for each of us too. Prayer and reading scripture are really... See more

Daily Examen

Contributed by: Emily Paterson and Kirstin Cant, Diocese of Auckland, 29 May 2017

The daily examen is a way of prayerfully reflecting on your day. You are invited in four steps (presence, gratitude, review and response) to concentrate on the experiences and encounters from the past 24 hours in order to increase your awareness of God’s presence with you and discern his... See more

A Resurrection Journey

Contributed by: The Diocese of Auckland, 3 April 2017

A Resurrection Journey is an online, multi-media journey that takes us from Palm Sunday and runs all the way to Pentecost. That's 57 days of Scripture, prayer practices, questions for reflection and practical action.
Created by the Auckland Diocese, the content is drawn from a range of authors... See more

Burying the Alleluia

Contributed by: Rev Jemma Allen, Diocese of Auckland, 28 February 2017

In many churches it is the tradition to abstain from saying or singing ‘Alleluia’ during Lent. Lent is a solemn season and we ‘save’ the word 'Alleluia' for our resurrection rejoicing.  'Burying the Alleluia' is an acitvity which can be done during a service... See more

Paddling Pool Prayers

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 25 July 2016

Create a paddling pool for prayer boats made from tealight candles. Youth pray silently and then light and float a candle representing their prayers.
This can be used as a prayer activity on it's own or as part of a series of prayer/worship stations. See more

Love the Lord Your God – Worship Stations

Contributed by: Charlie Baker and Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland, 11 July 2016

These seven worship stations work well as part of a youth group session, a youth or all age service, or camp. Adapt the wording as needed to suit your situation.
You may like to begin with a discussion or message about God's love and worship being our response of love to His love, using... See more

Worship Jars

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, 27 June 2016

Your youth will make their way around a series of stations to create personalised Worship Jars filled with items that will encourage and inspire them to worship God.
You will need: recycled jars (with labels removed) - enough for one per person -  and simple craft supplies (coloured... See more

Five Words Each

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 16 May 2016

Youth sit in a circle. They must form a combined prayer by only praying out loud five words each, before the next person continues the prayer. When the last person finishes, everyone shouts 'AMEN!' See more

Text_A_Prayer

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 25 April 2016

Make use of technology by asking one youth to text a short prayer to someone else in the group.
They receive it, add to it and then forward it to another person.
Last to receive gets to read it all out. See more

The Wall

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 21 March 2016

Build a makeshift brick wall in your meeting space resembling the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Israel.
Put on some music and ask youth to reflect before writing down a prayer and stuffing it in the cracks of the wall. See more

A Journey to Easter

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland, 9 February 2016

A Journey to Easter: Lent 2016 is an online, multi-media journey to prepare our hearts for Easter.
Be inspired by the Sermon on the Mount, discover new prayer practices, participate in activities and open your heart to the world that we live in.
Created by the Auckland Diocese,... See more

Laser Roulette

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 18 January 2016

Youth sit in a circle and the leader 'zaps' someone opposite them to pray for.
The zapped person then zaps someone else in the circle until everyone has been prayed for and thoroughly zapped.
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Psalm Writer

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 23 November 2015

Produce a large piece of paper for the group. Begin with the leader writing down one line of a new psalm - praising and thanking God.
Once they have written their line, fold the paper over so their line is hidden from the next person chosen to write. They will then write one line, fold the... See more

Creator’s Walk

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 2 November 2015

Help your youth to encounter God and be inspired by His creation.
Take them on a hilltop adventure or a beach excursion - or just walk the block. Find a spot to reflect, give thanks and pray together. See more

Prayer Tree

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 5 October 2015

Grab a cool branch off a tree and paint it. Then 'plant' it in your meeting space.
Ask youth to draw, paint, or write a prayer decoration. Cut it out and attach it to the tree.
You can keep the tree up and add to it each week - celebrate and remove the answered prayers; keep the yet to be... See more

The Deluxe Burger Prayer

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 3 August 2015

The Deluxe Burger (aka the Hamburger Prayer) is a great way to help your young people pray as a group. Intermediates especially love this one!
Assign someone to be the bottom bun, the tasty cheese, the relish, the lettuce, the meat, the mayo, and top bun. You can add more ingredients if... See more

Film Prayer: The Prayer of St Francis

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch, 6 July 2015

A creative take on the Prayer of St Francis, prayed through the lens of the struggle between the old self and the new self, as described by Paul in Romans 6.
Commissioned by Mark Pierson of World Vision NZ, this 3.20 minute film prayer is one of the Just Prayers series that is made... See more

Watch The Lamb

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 2 March 2015

Bring the moving song "Watch The Lamb" by Ray Boltz to life by inviting members of your youth group and Sunday School to mime/act it out while it plays over your sound system.
Performed on Palm Sunday or during any Easter service, it brings Jesus’ Passion and sacrifice home in a powerful... See more

40 Day Lent Challenge 2015

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland, 16 February 2015

Anglican Youth Ministries has created a new 40 Day Lent Challenge for 2015! This year's challenge consists of 40 simple and fun tasks designed to show teenagers what it looks like to love God and love their neighbours.
The team at AYM have stepped it up a level this year too, with an... See more

Sung Electronic Eucharist

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 9 December 2014

A sung electronic Eucharist, performed & arranged by Rev Spanky Moore from the Diocese of Christchurch.
Spanky used this at the Abbey in 2014. The liturgy is from the New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book, page 732.
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6 Creative Ideas for Written Prayers

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 10 November 2014

These six ideas all use pen and paper to create a space where your young people can quietly speak to God on their own. For some people, writing down their prayers can be a helpful way to focus their thoughts. It can be a great alternative to praying out loud as a group, especially for those who... See more

A Welcome Interruption

Contributed by: Scottie Reeve, Diocese of Wellington, 29 October 2014

‘A Welcome Interruption’ online Liturgy Resource
Blueprint Church Community in the Anglican Diocese of Wellington has created an online Liturgy - a resource for people to develop a rhythm of prayer and to re-engage with this ancient form of devotion.  The project is called ‘A Welcome... See more

Film Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 22 September 2014

A moving version of the Lord's Prayer, as seen at the Abbey 2014.
Created by Mark Pierson of World Vision NZ, this 2.29 minute film prayer is one of the Just Prayers series that is made available to individuals and communities to encourage their engagement with injustice, locally and... See more

Prayer Balloons

Contributed by: Jo Lane, Diocese of Nelson, 25 August 2014

You will need balloons (ideally all the same colour) as well as strips of paper and pens for each person.
Get each person to write their prayer on the strip of paper, and then insert it into a balloon. The balloons are then blown up and thrown into the air (this is best done indoors so none fly... See more

The Wall

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 31 March 2014

Young people create a newsprint ‘wall of sin’ to illustrate how sin cuts us off from God and to show how Jesus breaks down the wall between us and God.
You will need: newsprint, vivids, blue-tak or masking tape, a cross, a candle, matches and a good torch.
This works best at night and... See more

40 Day Lent Challenge

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland, 12 March 2014

A 40 Day Lent Challenge designed especially for teenagers!
It encourages young people to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as they journey toward Easter with daily challenges for home, school and the weekend.
We love the 'Foto Friday' photo challenge every Friday, and the Sunday readings from... See more

Let Your Light Shine

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 10 December 2013


A Closing Prayer or Night Prayer for camps or youth group gatherings.
Equipment: Tea Light Candles (one per person) and a Lighter
Opening Reflection: Our Deepest Fear
Gather the group in a circle, seated so that all can see each others’ eyes.
Begin with the following... See more

Mary’s Prayer

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 4 November 2013

Use this imaginary account of Mary praying for her baby, Jesus, either as a reading or as a dramatic monologue in a service with someone dressed as Mary on a dimly lit stage holding a 'baby' by a straw filled manger.  Based on Mary's Prayer from "It Began in a Manger" by Max Lucado.
God. O... See more

Newspaper prayers

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 17 June 2013

Collect a few local and national newspapers throughout the week and bring them along to youth group.
Invite your youth to look through the papers. Ask them to read through and look for issues or articles that stir them up inside. Does anything they read make them feel angry? Sad? Happy?
Get... See more

Prayer Planes

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 20 May 2013

This is a fun way to encourage youth to pray for each other. You’ll need pens, A4 paper and a big open space.
Invite your group to write an intercession or prayer request onto a piece of paper. They can put their name on it, or keep it anonymous if they would prefer. Then instruct them to... See more

Tinfoil Prayers

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 22 April 2013

Give each person a square of tinfoil. Invite them to mould or shape something out of the tinfoil that is a symbol of their prayer e.g. an aspect of their life that they would like to offer to God.
Encourage them to pray silently as they create the shape.
You may like to have a small cross... See more