October Bridge: Prayer

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Pre-K and Kindergarten

Praying as a Family

Praying as a family is a wonderful, rewarding activity. Finding the time and opportunity, however, is not always so easy.

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From Loyola Press

Lego (or Duplo) Prayers

This prayer activity is suitable for groups of children or even a whole congregation as long as you have enough bricks!

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From Flame Creative Kids blog

Play dough prayers

One of our most popular prayer stations is one which involves play dough. Children shape something that they want to say Thank you to God for, say 'thank you' aloud or in their heads and then either leave it on the table for others to see or they put the play dough back for the next person.

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From Flame Creative Kids blog

Grades 1 and 2

Praying as a Family

Praying as a family is a wonderful, rewarding activity. Finding the time and opportunity, however, is not always so easy.

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From Loyola Press

Teaspoon prayers

I've always loved the idea of teaspoon prayers- 'tsp' being the abbreviation of 'teaspoon' in recipes but also being the initial letters of 'thanks, sorry and please', three things we can encourage children to pray about.

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From Flame Creative Kids blog

Printable Prayer Journals for Kids

These printable prayer journal pages are designed to help children come up with a list of items to pray for on their own each month.

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From Cheri Gamble blog

Play with your Prayers

When you are practicing or playing your sports, silently (in your head/heart) or out loud... shout out something or someone you are thankful for with each shot of the ball.

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Pray through Silence

Pray silently in this way to empty the mind and become open to God's presence.

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Pray through Art

Decide what you'll pray for with each color.

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Coloring Pages

Download and print 3 black-and-white line art drawings to color.

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Pray Using Your Body - Prayer through Movement

There are several ways to pray with kids that teach how their minds and bodies communicate with God. So, try this simple prayer.

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Cellphone Prayer

Pull up the list of your "favorites" - the people you often speak with on the phone. Then go down the list praying for each person.

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Photo Album Prayer

Pull out a family photo album. Pray for the people who appear in the pictures on each page.

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Set Your Focus on Jesus

Make this prayer box craft. It is in your Bridge Bag!

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Prayer 3-in-a-Row

Play this game! The game board is in your Bridge Bag. You will need some couns as counters/game pieces.

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Tips for Praying

Matthew Kelly on Prayer

Prayer? - Where to start?

I went to Catholic school from Pre-K all the way through my senior year of high school. We prayed every morning before school, before lunch, before the end of school, and had school Mass regularly.

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From LifeTeen

Favorite Prayer Advice

From praying before meals to praying before I slept, learning how to say the Our Father and Hail Mary at school, for as long as I could remember, I have spent much of my life learning all different types of prayers. Yet, despite how much I learned, I didn’t truly understand their meanings or the significance of each prayer that was said. It felt stiff, rigid, and more of an obligation than what it was truly meant to be: a conversation with God.

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From LifeTeen

Prayer Space

Where do you pray? If you don’t have a “go to” space, create your own prayer space – somewhere in your house or room, some place quiet and peaceful. Add something religious to the space that you can focus on if your mind starts to wander. Spend time there each week. Journal your thoughts

Prayer App

Download a prayer app to your phone and use it daily or weekly– Some suggestions would be:

  • Hallow
  • Catholify
  • Pray As You Go

Holy Family Duxbury Youtube Channel

Subscribe to Holy Family Duxbury and listen to our Praise and Worship playlist.

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Book Suggestion

3 minute prayer devotion for Teen Guys/Girls - available online

Only a Prayer Away

Awesome God

10 Ways to Focus Families on a “Faith at Home” Outlook

Focus busy Christian families to a “faith at home” outlook with these 10 time-savvy ideas!

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From childrensministry.com

Prayer Patterns

Prayer patters and prompts can be helpful in your prayer life. They are intended to help guide your prayers deeper, and should not be used as an empty ritual.

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From littleshootsdeeproots.com

5 Day Prayer Challenge

If anyone ever made you think that you have to "go big or go home" with regard to family faith, they were wrong. The best, most long-lasting habits all have something in common: they stated little.

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From littleshootsdeeproots.com

Guide to Teaching Catholic Kids How to Pray with Scripture

The prayers of children can be the most beautiful, heartfelt, and tender prayers expressed. Listening to how children address God, thank him, or ask him for things reminds us of how we should be approaching God—with childlike simplicity and trust.

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From Ascension Press

Family Prayer Flow Chart

Find the prayer you need.

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From teachingcatholickids.com

How has your prayer life been lately? Check in with yourself on how your communication in your relationship with God is going, the quality time you’ve spent with God lately. What areas of your prayer life could use improvement? Focus? Listening? Frequency? Ask God for the grace to pray, or for whatever grace you desire.

What are you most grateful to God for right now? Take a moment and soak in that sense of felt gratitude with God.

Want help starting a prayer routine? Check out these resources on prayer!

Pray as you Go

Some excellent resources to pray yourself or with your children (they have a children's examine with the Adult resources! There is also a daily prayer experience on the website and the App - can't recommend this enough!

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From Pray As You Go

Matthew Kelly Prayer Process

Your bridge bags have cards in them to assist with this process - use the video as well to guide you and your children!

GOD MINUTE

We have used Pray as you go and Matthew Kelly Prayer Process in Faith Formation many times with Adults ! Looking for something knew try these.

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Praying With Art by Mary Sheedy

Have you ever considered praying with art? Reflecting on paintings such as this one (below) by Eugene Burnand denoting the Disciples Peter and John running to the Tomb on the morning of the Resurrection can actually lead you to more conscious contact with God.

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Stay With my Son by Mary Sheedy

Icons have a way of drawing you into prayer, sometimes very unexpectedly. Stop for a moment and just look at this image of “Our Lady of Perpetual Help”- take a long, loving look.

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How to pray Primer For Families

The call to holiness is lived by most people within their everyday family lives. People are holy when they "wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God and to the service of their neighbor" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2013).

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