Thursday, July 9, 2009

Prayer Pail

Aaron and I try to be intentional about living out our faith for Mackenzie to see so we can teach her to know and love the Lord and live her life for Him. Lately I have been brainstorming some new, fun ways to implement spiritual disciplines and truths into our day.
And I came up with the Prayer Pail.
The plan is to let each of our kids pick one (or a couple) sticks out of the prayer pail while we are at the dinner table and then let them pray for whatever or whoever is on the stick.

Hopefully it will work out well!

Want to make your own prayer pail?

All you need is:
-large craft sticks
-a bucket (or you can use an empty tin can, flower pot, mason jar...whatever really)
-scrap paper
-double sided tape

Step 1: Cut out a strip of card stock, add the words "Prayer Pail" with stickers or a pen, and attach to the front of your bucket with double sided tape. Feel free to decorate the back as well with some stickers, verses on prayer or anything else you would like!

Step 2: Write the names of friends, family and any other people or things you want to be praying for on the craft sticks and place in your bucket.

Some of the ideas I added:
-The names of Friends and Family
-The Lost (People who don't know Jesus)
-Missionaries we know
-Our Church
-Our Neighbors
-Our City
-Thank Him!
-Praise Him!
-You Choose (they can pick anything they want to pray about)

Step 4: Cut a bunch of ribbon pieces and tie on the handle to spice things up a bit.
Yeah! Your done!

Deuteronomy 6:1-9
1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.


Sarah Seitz said...

Very cool! I love how you are so open and honest about your faith on your blog! It is really a great way to reach people. Thanks!

Angela (from Frugal Living Makeover) said...

I like this idea. I have used paper in a container, but this is more sturdy with little hands.

We just started a 27 day Fruits of The Spirit "quest". We work on the "fruits" (love, joy, peace, patience...)for three days each and at the end of the 27 days, we will have a PaRtY!

The kids will get praised when they show a "fruit" to their siblings. I give them ideas on how they can implement the "fruit" to help them out...were on Day 2:)

Melissa said...

This is wonderful! I'm going to do this with my kids!

FitzFam said...

What a great idea!

Simply Sara said...

I Love this idea!

When I was little we had a bowl with all our prayer requests in it and we would each get to pick one out a supper time too.

I don't know why we haven't started this with our kids yet, but now, after seeing your cute 'prayer pail' we most certainly will!
Thank you so much for sharing!

Ashley said...

I love this idea!

Sarah Bragg said...

I love your blog. I'm an old friend of Aaron (I used to work at Saddleback). Thanks for this post! I'm going to try to make one of these.

Jennifer said...

Love this idea. Definitely one I will do with my kids!

Shauna {SK Studios} said...

LOVE this idea :D we don't have little ones {yet, Lord willing} but I'm already bookmarking great ideas- and this is definitely bookmark-worthy :)
PS. found you on Tip Junkie! :D
God bless :)

Shelly said...

I Love this Idea. And it would even be great as a "centerpiece" for the table.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I referenced your prayer pail in a blog entry on my site. Here is the link:

Believer said...

This is brilliant!

I can't wait to do this project with my daughter, and then share it with my readers.

I’ll be sure to link to this post too.

Prayer is powerful!

Michelle said...

This is a phenomenal idea!


Amy G said...

I saw this same idea in a book a few years ago. I include pictures of the things or people on the sticks. It has made family and personal prayer times more meaningful and thoughtful for my family.


Thank you!!! So excited to do this with my kids that are now old enough to help write out their OWN prayers and "thanks to God" on a stick.

Cheryl Nifong said...

I LOVE this. I have been wanting a practical way to live out our faith in our home. And my girls love crafts.

hmferrero said...

Hi - found this on Pinterest and love it. I made it today with the kids giving input on who they wanted on the sticks. Thanks!!

Ginger said...

Found this on Pinterest and LOVED it! I no longer have little kids as mine have all grown, but I have friends who can use this idea and I'm excited to pass it along. Thanks for sharing!

jennyruth said...

I just saw this on Pinterest and I want to thank you (and whoever 'Pined' this). What a wonderful idea! Prayer and the things/people we pray for can seem so abstract to children, this gives them something concrete to use to help make that connection. Thank you again! I am going to make one right now with a Mason Jar that I have in the pantry!

Jessica said...

I just saw this on Pinterest and decided to visit your blog. I love this idea. I just finished the Popsicle sticks and my kids are going to help decorate them. Thank you for the idea. This is a great way to teach our kids how to pray for others. :)

Beth Anne @ The Catholic Couponer said...

I found this from pinterest and love it! I am thinking about making a LENT pail.

Tammy Miller said...

I love it I found on Pinterest and I think this is a great idea for my kids I teach in church, I think I will have them each pick one per week to pray for each night! thanks for sharing

scrapgrll said...

Our children's church has been doing a unit on how to pray this month and this is what we will be making as a group tomorrow morning as the culmination of our unit. What a fun (and easy and adorable) way to teach kids how to pray!

Stacey said...

I just found your blog and Prayer Pail post through Pinterest. I love, love, love this idea! I just linked your blog in my post about teaching our children about prayer: Thank you for sharing!

Katie said...

I know this an old post, but I was searching for prayer pail/pot ideas tonight and came across yours. I love it! I can't wait to make them with my kids!

Deanna Benedict said...

Thank You
I will try this with my class, but, I think I'll use plastic tumbler cups ( dollar tree). This way it's a bit faster project and the kids can use Sharpies to decorate the cups themselves.
I'll punch a hole on either side of the cups as well and add ribbon.

Krystal Zollinger said...

Great idea! I am going to use this with our Girls' Club work in Albania!