Praying with kids and teens
Prayer can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks in children's and youth ministry.
In this Lunch with Leaders, we welcomed Rachel Turner to share insights into prayer from her vast experience of working with 0-18s and their families.
Rachel helpfully divided the topic into three different areas of prayer which we might encounter:
1. Enabling prayer
This is when we coach or train children to nurture their relationship with God in prayer. We might use chat and catch techniques, drip-feeding the approach gradually by starting small, scattering it throughout our group time, or just focusing on chat to begin with.
2. Praying with children
This is when children need some help in starting off their prayer life. They might ask us to sit with them and pray a little; we could then offer gentle prompts to aid their own prayer.
3. Praying for children
This is essentially prayer ministry for children. A child might request prayer about a bigger issue, and we can gather round them, often with other children, to intercede for them.
Watch the full training video for details.
You might also be interested in:
- Prayer Ministry for Children (session 7 of the free Parenting for Faith course)
- Prayer ministry with children is one of the most rewarding things you can see
- Helping our children pray for others
- Prayer Ministry for Children – Training for Leaders
- Introducing chat and catch to children’s groups
- Chat and catch tool
- Unwinding tool
- Using the family name