EASTER PRAYER STATIONS
Read about our Easter prayer stations, organised by young people
We had the absolute pleasure of supporting two superb teams of young leaders as they led their schools through Easter reflection stations. The young leaders worked so incredibly hard and were an absolute credit to their schools. They provided well planned and thought provoking activities around the theme of Easter and Lent. To give you a taste….
Making an Easter Cross
This station gave students the opportunity to think about the cross at Easter. Students were encouraged to decorate the cross and focus on one person that they wanted to pray for over Easter. Then every time they held their cross, it would remind them to pray for that special person, knowing God heard our prayers and that talking to Him doesn't have to be complicated.
Fear Tent In the fear tent, students were encouraged to bring their fears and worries before God. There were times leading up to Easter when the disciples were scared, it's a normal thing to feel. The tent was set up to be calm and soothing. Whilst in the tent students wrote or drew their fears, worries or anxieties. When they emerged from the tent the young leaders told them to screw up the paper and throw it away. This was symbolic of leaving these fears behind with God. They then watched bubbles floating up again to symbolise those worries floating away upwards to God, knowing we can trust Him with them because He loves us.
Sorry Stones We all do things wrong, that's just life. God knows we're not perfect because He knows what humans are like but the things we do wrong often cause us to feel heavy, sad or burdened. The students wrote the thing they were sorry for on the stone, held it whilst they prayed and then used the water to symbolise the washing away of the thing written.
Hopes & Dreams
The Bible tells us that God has plans and purposes for our lives but He's really interested in our hopes and dreams. Students were encouraged to draw or write them onto the rainbow cards and then leave them at the foot of the cross, knowing God is faithful.
Help Sticks All of us need help sometimes. Just before he was arrested, when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked God to help him. Students spent time thinking about what they need help with? They then wrote or drew their thoughts or prayers for help onto a lolly stick and planted it in the garden as a symbol of their prayer.
Praying for the World and Ukraine
In the Easter story, after Jesus had come back to life, he told his disciples to share his message, to heal the sick, feed the hungry, to care for the poor. Jesus encouraged them to make the world a better place. Students were encouraged to think about things in the world that don’t seem right. What could they do to make the world a better place? What could God do? They then wrote those thoughts onto little flags and placed them around the world. They also had the opportunity to pray for Ukraine and place a star onto the flag to denote their prayer.
As always, an exhausting day! Kt Haynes