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Prayer in Motion

Form a circle. Number the four corners of your room. Tell
children that this moving cheer will help them pray.

Stand in the center of the circle. Ask the children to think
about each statement you make and move to the numbered corner that
best fits their answer.

Say: Today I am most thankful for:

  • my family (point to corner 1).
  • my friends (point to corner 2).
  • my home (point to corner 3).
  • my church (point to corner 4).

For clarification, repeat each sentence and point to the
numbered corners as kids are moving.

After all the children have reached a corner, ask groups each to
shout out their response as you point to their corner. úSay: Dear
God, today we are thankful for: (point to corner 1 and shout with
the children “my family”; point to corner 2 and shout with the
children “my friends”; point to corner 3 and shout with the
children “my home”; point to corner 4 and shout with the children
“my church.”)

Repeat this process with different statements and
numbered-corner answers. Some suggestions are:

People I know who need special care are: my grandparents, my
neighbors, people who are sick, people who are sad.

Prayer response: Dear God, please take special care of…

I need to be more: loving, forgiving, kind, helpful.

Prayer response: Dear God, help me be more…

Conclude the entire prayer by having kids form a circle, join
hands, take three steps forward and shout, “Thank you, God, for
answering prayer! Amen!”

Margaret Hinchey
Denver, Colorado

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