Prayer and Liturgy
Collective Worship – Prayer and Liturgy
EYFS/KS1 – Emily Pearson – Children’s Liturgy - Emily provides a video each week to celebrate that Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word for Children. It is likely that you would prefer to do it yourself, but you might get some ideas of how to get the children to respond to the Word of God or some songs you might like to use. Here is the link to her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwLxITgMAWvEyVz6OkySxig/videos
In these unprecedented times, when we may feel like our whole world is spinning out of control, we can turn to prayer to be our stability, our calm and our tranquillity.
Prayer helps us build power and confidence over the doubts and confusion we are experiencing.
The strongest relationships in our lives are with people we have chosen to spend time with. Prayer is the way children will develop a close, personal relationship with God. They will learn that God loves them and will listen to their prayers.
Prayer will teach our children that when they make a mistake, there is help and forgiveness available to them, to make it right.
It is never too late to begin praying with your child. You might start the day with a simple prayer for something s/he feels needs to be prayed for. Simply encourage your child to join their hands, close their eyes and be still. Then ask them to complete a simple sentence, such as
- Lord, I thank you for…...
- Lord, I am sorry for…...
- Lord, help my friend…
- Lord, help me to be more….
Perhaps at the end of the day you could ask children what their “highs” or “lows” were and pray for them together.
There are lots of simple prayer books and Bibles available for young children on the Internet. Emily Pearson encourages children to pray, listen to the Word of God, reflect and put into practise the teachings of Jesus in her weekly Prayer and Liturgy sessions. These can be accessed using the following link.