Hope is believing in, or for, a positive outcome… that the thing we want will happen, or that events will turn out for the best. Despair is the opposite of hope. This activity encourages students to identify the things that they are hoping for, and to express these as paper ‘prayer flowers’, which slowly open as they float on water.
This activity is more complex than most of the others in our library, and it breaks our own rules (!) in that it has more than one point. The use of the four playing card types - hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs - encourages students to explore four different prayer themes.
We all experience trouble and hard times. Sometimes the circumstances and situations around us are hard, and then sometimes it’s our inner-life - our feelings and fears and anxieties - that are hard. This activity encourages students to consider how they face and get through these hard times, and how this can become part of their personal development.
Who is God? What is God like? These are huge questions, and it’s great to create space for students to consider these questions in their own way. Sometimes the best ways involve objects and things to touch and feel and engage with, as these inspire creative ideas. This simple activity encourages students to play with a plasma ball while considering what God is like.
Bubble tubes and bubble walls, lava lamps and other slow-moving, coloured-light objects are great to use in prayer spaces because they help to foster a calm, relaxed atmosphere. This activity encourages students to write prayer requests, prayers of gratitude, etc. onto post-it notes and to stick them onto the tube. Students watch the bubbles rising as a symbol of their prayers ‘rising’ to God.