Prayers – For children and families

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Mothering Sunday resources from The Children’s Society.


Thy Kingdom Come  is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.  Their website has lot prayer ideas for children and families.


Create a prayer space – This could be a small table, a prayer tree. See the small altar table (picture from Tibberton Little Church)


Petal Prayers 

The petals represent the people we want to pray for – nobody has to say or write or draw anything.  Use these where ever it fits best in your group; story, song or snack time.  Hand around the petals – perhaps play some music or sing a song while this happens

  • A leader prays a gathering prayer and everyone is invited to place their petals in the box again and placed where your prayer space/focus is.
  • Place a basket in the centre of your circle invite people to drop their petals in.
  • After the gathering prayer everyone lets their petal fall to the floor at the same time – the children enjoy collecting them up.

Dear God,

be with all the people we pray for today,

with anyone who is lonely or hurting or sad.

Be with us as we live and play together.

We pray because we know you love us. Amen. 


Teaching a child to pray – this web page covers, what is prayer, what do children pray about has has ideas for praying.


God’s Blessing

Blessing is not a prayer, it is not a prophecy, it is so much more than a good wish, or a farewell.  God’s Blessing says; whoever you are, wherever you are, remember who you are and who you belong to.  You are God’s precious child.

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them. Numbers 6: 22-27

Since God gave these words to Moses blessing has been a gift in the mouths and hands of priests, it doesn’t belong to them, or come from them, it is God’s alone to give.  We can all be a priestly presence to one another in our families with hearts and hands open to ask God to bless us. So at the beginning of the year and on all the special days and in the special moments let us pray.

The Lord bless us and keep us;

The Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;

The Lord look kindly toward us and give us peace. Amen