Prayer for Youth: Ideas

This page includes some Creative Prayer Ideas, plus a Collect and Intercessions, focussing on young people which can be used in any service:

candlesCreative Prayer Ideas:

It doesn’t matter whether your plans are simple and low-key, or big and ambitious, the important thing is that you allow some space and time to focus your prayers on young people.

If you have contact with young people who would like to be involved, then why not ask them to plan and lead the prayers?

There are loads of ways of engaging with this important theme, here are a few ideas to get you started …

Interactive 

Use masking tape to create a giant map of your parish on a large floorspace. Walkprayer board around the map, writing post-it note prayers. 

Mould your prayers out of clay or create a large painted collage of prayers. Maybe you could construct a prayer wall out of bricks. 

Provide a creative space by making a big ‘prayer shed’ out of cardboard boxes and other materials. 

Encourage people to write a song / poem that conveys how they feel. Organise a ‘Spoken Word’ event for people to share.

Reflective 

prayer labyrinthCreate a prayer Labyrinth that allows space to stop and reflect on issues that affect young people. 

Open the Church for the community to use as a quiet space. Offer the opportunity for parents and grandparents to light candles and pray for the young people in their families. Provide a listening ear. 

Encourage people to fast in some way.  

Organise a meditative service with time and quiet space to reflect and respond to what the Lord is saying.

Out & About 

You could pray in your local school, or do a prayer walk around the perimeter. out and about

‘Beat the Bounds’ of your Parish, praying for all the young people that live in your area. 

Read about the ‘Walls of Jericho’ (Joshua 6) and then walk several times around a challenging estate or area. 

Pray in the Skate Park, High Street or other places that young people might gather. 

Use some of the other ideas on this page, but make them as accessible as possible by using an outside space to pray.

Eating Together 

eating togetherEat a shared meal, pausing for prayer in between each course. 

Bake prayer cakes/biscuits, pipe bible verses in icing on top. 

Order takeaway and share stories of encouragement, then pray for hope in situations that are challenging 

Make your own ‘quattro’ pizzas with four toppings in the four corners representing four areas of prayer you would like to focus on. 

Organise an open BBQ and invite the Church and community to gather and pray

A Collect:

Most gracious God,

Whose son Jesus, as a young man himself, taught the Teachers and Preachers in the synagogue:

Help us to be humble to learn from those younger than ourselves, and confident in our faith and our value to you, to take a full part in your Church’s family life, whatever our age.

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Intercessions:

Let us Pray for Young People in our World, our Country, our Community and our Church… Please join in with the response:

We lift these young people to you, Father of All

We are one family in Christ 

We pray for young people around the World.

For hope in a world that can often seem hopeless.

We pray for teenagers that have been militarised; given guns and taught how to kill.

We pray for the displaced, the terrified, the desperate – especially those persuaded to risk all to try to cross the seas to find a better life.

We pray for young people who are AIDS orphans; those growing up and entering adulthood without the guidance of their parents, or those left alone through natural disaster.

We pray for those young people who are exploited, cheated of the joys of being young.

We lift these young people to you, Father of All

We are one family in Christ 

We pray for the young people of our country.

We pray for the marginalised and the vulnerable; those being bullied, those in Care, those suffering in abusive situations or with families in poverty, trapped by addictions or debt. We pray for those being trafficked, refugees or young people in forced marriages.

We pray for those trapped into gang culture or addictions, those targeted for radicalisation and those who feel they have no-one to turn to.

We also pray for wealthy, privileged, busy and well-educated young people, that they will be challenged to stand up for truth and justice and will have the wisdom to reject apathy, hedonism and selfish behaviour.

We pray for young people suffering under the pressures of a culture of obsession with fame, beauty and perfection. Help them to know that they are each loved and cherished by you.

Give this generation of British young people hearts that care and hands that work to bring healing for the broken, a welcome for the stranger and equality for all.

We lift these young people to you, Father of All

We are one family in Christ  

We pray for those young people living around us, here in _____________

We pray for our local schools, for the teaching and support staff, as they guide young people towards taking a full part in society. We pray for those disenfranchised by the education system, that there will be safety nets to catch those who are most at risk.

We lift to you all the young people living around us here, that we may find ways to build bridges into their world, to meet them where they are; at work, rest and play.

We pray for all the young people, in our Parish (Benefice), who are suffering in body, mind or spirit. That through your Holy Spirit and the love of Your people they will know that they are not alone. Give them the gift of Hope.

We lift these young people to you, Father of All

We are one family in Christ

We thank you for our young people and all those belonging to Churches in our Diocese

We pray that they will know Your unconditional love and acceptance through the encouragement and care of Your people.

We pray that their gifts will be recognised and used for your glory, that they will learn more of you each day and that they will be brave enough to speak out against injustice.

We pray that their lives will shine your Light into the dark corners of their world; that as they face the pressures of the modern and changing world, you will give them wisdom. Help them to safely navigate the new virtual world and guide them in all relationships, both online and in person, at school, home and in the Community.

We lift these young people to you, Father of All

We are one family in Christ  

With love and hope, we pray for young people everywhere.

Through the power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Amen

 

 

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