I’m a bit late to the party, bringing out autumn themed blog posts now we’re well into October! We’re almost half way through autumn really. But Autumn is packed full. There is so much going on with kids going back to school, the temperature plummeting, Halloween and Remembrance Day.
So, I wanted to share some of my creative prayer ideas to use throughout this season! These ideas could be used or adapted for individuals, couples, families, groups of any ages or for use in a church service.
Leaves of Change
Autumn is a season of many changes. Starting new schools, new classes, new jobs, a new season of life. This can bring great fear and anxiety, things we want to bring before God in prayer.
What you need: coloured paper; hooks, pegs or string; branch of a tree (can be real or fake).
What to do:
- Cut your coloured paper into leaf shapes.
- Think about changes in your life. These could be good or bad chances, changes that have already happened, changes that you’re expecting to happen, changes that you want to happen, or changes that you’re afraid of.
- Write or draw something that represents these changes on a leaf. Hang the leaf up on the tree.
- Talk to God about the changes you wrote on the leaf – ask him for help, guidance, protection. Ask him to be with you and comfort you through any changes you face.
Harvest Gratitude Muffins
Harvest is a fantastic time of year for gratitude and generosity. It’s a chance for us to thank God for all the blessings he has given us as well as thinking about how we can use what we have given to bless others around us.
What you need: muffin cases; ingredients for muffins (you can use cupcakes, rice krispies clusters or any small cake), coloured pens or pencils.
What to do:
- Take a muffin case and decorate it with some of the things that you are grateful to God for.
- Make you muffins or other cakes!
- Place your muffins into their cases (if you’ve used wet pen you may want to use two cases together)
- Do something generous with your cakes! You could give them out in your neighbourhood, give them to an ill or lonely friend, take them to a food bank or homeless shelter.
Halloween Chain of Light
Different Christians like to celebrate Halloween in different ways – some stay as far away as possible, whilst others are happy to get involved. One middle ground is to celebrate the light that Jesus brings in this time of darkness.
What you need: glow sticks, glow stick connectors
What to do:
- Create a glow stick chain!
- As you break each stick to make it glow, think of a person that you want to come to know God’s light in their life. Pray that God will show them his light.
- Hang up your glow stick chain somewhere it can be seen in the dark – this could be your front porch, in your window or along a fence.
This year, Remembrance Sunday marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. As this war came to an end, the fields of Northern France and Flanders had suffered horrific damage from troops waging war across them for four years. Once the conflict had stopped, few plants were able to blossom on this ground. One of these was the poppy. Since then, the poppy has become a symbol of remembrance, being adopted by the Royal British Legion in 1921.
What you need: a garden or large plant pot, poppy seeds, soil
What to do:
- Reflect or discuss the sacrifices made by many soldiers in the last 104 years
- Pray for the families who have lost loved ones in wars, as well as all those risking their lives in current conflicts
- Sow your poppy seeds (Here is a great guide to sowing poppy seeds)
- Reflect or discuss upon the way in which people’s sacrifices have allowed for future life – how people have sacrificed themselves for others to live
- Thank God for these people and their sacrifices. Thank God for the sacrifice that Jesus made upon the cross and the new life that it gives to us.
- Each time you see your poppy, remember those who have made sacrifices for us to live, and pray for all those currently involved in conflicts as well as for a peaceful future across the world.