About Active & Interactive Prayers

Creative ways to pray that will engage your youth

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

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


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

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

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

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

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