About Group Prayers

Keep your prayer times interesting and get everyone participating with these creative ways to pray together as a group.

Paddling Pool Prayers

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

Five Words Each

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

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

Laser Roulette

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Film Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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