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With Easter just around the corner, I think it is definitely time to share some creative prayer ideas to help you pray throughout Holy Week and Easter!

Last year, I shared a blog post taking you on a journey to pray through the Easter Story, which you can read here, but this year I wanted to get a little more creative. We will still be following the Easter story, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, with the help of the Easter animations created by Arnold and his pals, but we will also be sharing some fun and creative ways to pray based on the key events of this important week.

If you would like to see these prayer ideas in action, make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel here to see our video coming very soon!

Palm Sunday

Palm Leaf Praises

What you need:

  • Green paper
  • Scissors
  • Lolly Stick
  • Pens
  • Glue

When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, people in the crowd waved palm leaves and branches as he passed them – so we’re going to make our own! Grab your green paper and draw around your hands about 4 or 5 times depending on how big you want your palm leaf to be! Cut out all of these hands and attach them to the lolly stick to create a palm leaf branch.

Now, take some time to think: what would you have shouted to Jesus, if you had been there on Palm Sunday? Hosanna? Hello Jesus? Thank you? Bring those praises to God, then write them onto each of the hands. Now you have a palm leaf covered in praises that you can wave!

Maundy Thursday

Bread Prayers

What you need:

  • Bread
  • Knife

This is a super simple prayer idea, and as a bonus – you get to eat bread at the end!

In the story of the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples to eat the bread and drink the wine in remembrance of him. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do for these prayers. Spend some time thinking about what you remember of Jesus. Is there a story from your own life that reminds you of how Jesus has worked in your life? Or is there perhaps a story in the Bible that reminds you of how powerful, or caring, or forgiving Jesus is?

Take that story, that helps you to remember Jesus, and see if you can make an image of this story onto your bread. Be very careful with the knife, but can you create a picture that represents that memory? Thank God for all of these stories that help us to remember Jesus as you eat the bread.

Good Friday

Nailing our sins to the cross

What you need:

  • 2 pieces of wood (or sticks), one long and one shorter.
  • String
  • Small pieces of paper
  • Small nails
  • Hammer

Make sure to grab your responsible adult for this one! Good Friday is when we remember Jesus’ death upon the cross, dying for all of our sins. Spend some time thinking about the things that you have done wrong, that you want to say sorry to God for. Write or draw these things onto the pieces of paper.

Next, we’re going to make a cross. Place the two pieces of wood across each other in a cross shape and attach them together using square lashing. You can find instructions for square lashing here. Now, take your pieces of paper and carefully nail them onto the cross, remembering that Jesus died for all of our sins when he was nailed to the cross.

Easter Sunday

Party Invitations

What you need:

  • Paper
  • Coloured pens and pencils
  • Party hats!

Easter Sunday is a time of celebration, so grab your party hat because we’re throwing a party (Covid-friendly of course)! But we also want to invite others to join us in our celebration, to come to know the joy of Easter too. So, who would you like to invite to know the joy of Easter? Think about those people as you design your own party invitation for them. Then, pop these invitations somewhere around your house to remind you to pray that these people will come to know Jesus, and the joy of Easter for themselves.

I hope you enjoy these creative prayer ideas! Let me know which of these ideas you would want to try.

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