About Reflective Prayers

Ideas for creating reflective spaces and activities to enable young people to engage with God through prayer.

A prayerful review of your day

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Often in life we move very quickly from one thing to the next, we rarely slow down to reflect on what God has been doing and saying to us during the day. Here's an outline your teenagers can use each evening to slow down and spend time listening to God. You can also use this as part of Night... See more

Seven Pathways to God

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

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

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

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

Love the Lord Your God – Worship Stations

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

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

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

6 Creative Ideas for Written Prayers

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

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

Tinfoil Prayers

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

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