Each title in this eResource series includes dozens of short, faith-filled, catechetical activities. We include catechist lesson plans, activity pages, and editable, step-by-step parent instruction pages—all reproducible. Use these resources for whole family events, in the classroom, or as send-home activities. These titles are new editions of books that originally appeared in the Enriching Faith series from Twenty-Third Publications. Buy the whole series as a discount bundle here.
17 prayer topics • 45 activities
Get ready to be inspired. These fresh, joy-filled ideas can help your students see prayer in a whole new light, as you fill your lessons with memorable activities like these:
- A fun and simple Prayer Ball to help kids memorize the Our Father.
- A Morse Code activity (complete with marshmallows and pretzels) to make the Apostles' Creed personal (and delicious)!
- Gratitude Grab Bags, Praise Bells, and Spoons of Thankfulness bring prayers of gratitude, praise, and thanksgiving to a kid-friendly level.
You'll find dozens of activities like these to help you teach traditional, spontaneous, creative, and even meditative prayer. Perfect for parishes, schools, homeschoolers, and anyone who enjoys finding new ways to engage children in prayer.
Our lives are filled with variety. We have, for example, a variety of foods to eat and a variety of clothes to wear. All of these varieties and many more meet the various needs we have.
Our spiritual life reflects our physical life. We need a variety of prayers and practices in order to meet the needs of our souls. Traditional prayers, spontaneous prayers, meditative practices, and creative prayers meet our different needs as we set aside time to talk with God. All of us have our favorite prayers for different occasions. Some of my friends enjoy praying the Hail Mary over and over whenever there is a crisis. Others pray the Angel of God prayer whenever they feel a need to be safe. Some take a blanket and a Bible and head outside on a warm summer day to rest and relax in God’s arms as they imagine themselves in one of the Scripture stories. At other times, the soul needs to create, for we are made in the image and likeness of our Creator; therefore, we hear a call to pray using art. Prayer is our way of communicating with God, who waits and longs for our love.
This book can be used in a variety of ways. Catechists and Catholic schoolteachers can use it as they review or teach the traditional prayers for the first time. Students will find the activities engaging and easy to accomplish. An intergenerational prayer evening can be planned, and each of the prayer experiences can be an individual station. All involved can review the traditional prayers and experience newer prayer practices. Grandparents who are able to share their faith with their grandchildren can use this book as a way to help teach them the basic Catholic prayers. Parents who choose to homeschool their children will find the prayer experiences in this book easy to use as they help their children develop a relationship with God.
No matter which prayer or practice you choose, may it deepen your relationship with God and fill the need your soul has as you journey into the heart of God.
Previously published by Twenty-Third Publications (ISBN 9781585959471).
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Sr Catherine Stewart OP is a Springfield Illinois Dominican sister. She taught grades 1-3; 6-9, was an administrator in Catholic schools, and taught pre-service teachers at Blackburn College. She is currently the principal at Father McCartan School in Marceline, Missouri. She teaches many of the methods courses and enjoys applying many general instructional strategies to religious education classes. She has a variety of interests and has presented at several conferences. She enjoys writing and has published in the Liguorian, Today’s Parish Minister, RTJ's Creative Catechist, The Catechist’s Way, and the National Social Science Journal and she has co-authored a book,Tools For Conflict Resolution. She has a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University.