There are loads of great apps out there that help young people to grow and connect with God. Here are some of our favourites:
- Engage: Scripture Union's audio bible with daily questions and closing prayer.
- YouVersion's 'The Bible': Daily verses sent out (can be in a... See more
A series of four interactive prayer stations based on David's famous psalm, Psalm 23. You can use this on its own, or as part of this series on David - A man after God's own heart.
Beforehand, print out these instruction sheets. Set up each of the four stations in your meeting... See more
Young people share openly about character formation and pray together in a supportive small group. Use the green Fruit of the Spirit cards and/or the blue Kingdom Traits cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2018). Alternatively, you can print your own sets of cards using our printable... See more
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
Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer as as an example of how to pray. These six prayer stations with creative activities and printable posters will engage your youth with each part of the Lord's Prayer. It will help your youth go deeper than just reciting the words, to getting to the heart of how we... See more
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
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 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
Engage is a new way to engage with God through scripture. Created by Scripture Union NZ, its a daily Bible reading app that is aimed at getting young kiwis exploring the Bible every day.
New audio Bible readings, along with discussion questions you can follow with on-screen, are released every... See more
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 (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
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
Inform your youth beforehand that you’ll be taking time to pray and then act on what God leads you to do for others in pairs. It could be helping someone with their groceries, paying for someone’s coffee in advance, praying for someone who needs healing, encouraging someone or simply sitting... See more
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’ 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
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
Prayer is one of the foundational practices of the Christian faith. Praying with a group of other believers is one type of prayer that can bring great blessing and encouragement to everyone involved.
Some main barriers to ‘group prayer’ are:
Shyness: many people are very shy when it... See more
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
Sarah West shares the approach she has used with her youth group to help them develop a passion for praying together.
Modelling: Keep it Simple
If the youth pastor and/or youth leaders are praying long and complex prayers, it can put a silent pressure on the youth to conjure up ‘fancy’... See more
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
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
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