Read in 2 mins Bible Activities and Sermons » Activity Type » Other Activities Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 5 Back-to-School Prayer Stations for the New School Year Published: July 13, 2023 Can you believe it? A new school year is just around the corner, and kids are getting ready to head back to school! The start of a new school year evokes all kinds of emotions, from excitement to fear. So use this back-to-school prayer station activity to help kids at your church prepare their hearts and minds before they head back to school. Plus, download a free and encouraging family devotion you can deliver digitally to all the families in your church (includes links to videos, so it’s best if you can share it digitally). It’s a great way to show parents you care about their kids and the entire family! Download the back-to-school prayer station signs. Back-to-School Prayer Station Supplies to Gather: Many Prayers: Station 1 station sign with instructions dice plastic tablecloth Rest: Station 2 station sign with instructions a backpack filled with books to make it heavy (but not too heavy for the kids to pick up and put on their backs!) plastic tablecloth Friends: Station 3 station sign with instructions plastic bin or cardboard box a variety of toys kids might find at school such as playground balls, jump–ropes, card games, and blocks plastic tablecloth Teacher: Station 4 station sign with instructions whiteboard dry-erase marker(s) plastic tablecloth Good Things: Station 5 station sign with instructions large hearts cut from foam sheets markers plastic tablecloth On the morning of, set up five different tables within the room or even in the hallway if you can safely do so. Place the prayer station supplies in the center of the tables along with the station sign. Then cover the tables with a plastic tablecloth and tell kids “no peeking” as they arrive. We recommend playing some reflective music and giving kids plenty of time to walk through each station to pray. The kids can go through the prayer stations in any order. If you have a large classroom with small group leaders, place a small group leader at each station so they can help read the instructions if needed. Ask them to also be praying for the kids as they come through the station. Then wrap up everything by asking all the kids to come together for a “group hug” circle as you close out in prayer for the entire group. Download the back-to-school prayer station signs. Want more ideas on how to help kids deepen in prayer? Check out Friends With God: Discover How to Pray. Looking for resources to help families grow faith at home? Check out Notes From Jesus for Families! Want to get more great downloads and ideas like this delivered straight to your email inbox? CLICK HERE to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!