Speak Lord, for your servant is listening. (1 Samuel 3.9)
For the past year, my church has been in a discernment process to change the call of me and my Head of Staff to co-pastors. Our installation service will be during the season of Advent, so I thought it was a great opportunity to reflect how we prepare ourselves not only as we approach Christmas, but as we approach this new staff structure.
The 2nd-6th graders spent a month exploring prayer. During that time, they constructed a prayer ribbon wall, inspired by this post. This prayer wall hung outside our church for a month, inviting passersby to add to it.
Below are ideas for interactive prayer stations that connects the theme of Advent (preparing and waiting) with the hopes and expectations of an installation (ordination as well.) The interactive prayer stations are meant to be intergenerational. (For more specific instructions on layout, purpose, design, and more ideas, you can view previous posts tagged under “Interactive Prayer Stations.”) You can view pics here.
Interactive Prayer Station #1: Tying Prayers
Materials: Chicken Wire, Ribbon or Cut-up Fabric, Cans
Interactive Prayer Station #2: Weaving Blessings
Materials: Fabric, 1 1/2″ Ribbons, Metallic Fabric Markers
I gave instructions on a previous post on how to make a stole by weaving ribbons. These stoles will be used in the installation service as a reminder for my Head of Staff and I that we are partners in ministry with the congregation.
Interactive Prayer Station #3: Preparing the Word
Materials: Decorative Paper, Ornament Hooks, Tape, Glue Sticks, Chicken Wire, String, Circle Templates, Hole Punch, Scissors, Pages from old bibles
We just received new pew bibles. Here is a post on an interactive idea to dedicate bibles. For some of our old bibles that were really falling apart, I wanted to upcycle them. Inspired by MaryAnn McKibben Dana’s post, we will use these decorations when we green the church in preparation for Advent.