Can you set aside even a small area of the church, for resources that
help people to pray? These might include:
- A book or pieces of paper where requests for prayer can be written.
Make sure that a notice (such as this one) clearly explains how the prayers
will be offered.
- A prayer tree, on which a ribbon can be tied or something hung to
represent a prayer that a visitor has offered. If you also have a cross
and stones (see below) then you might want to focus the tree prayers on
thanksgiving, using a notice such as this
- Small stones that can be laid at the foot of a cross, as visitors lay
down a burden with Jesus (with an explanation such as this one).
- A holding cross (with an explanation such as this one).
- An invitation (such as this one)
for visitors to help themselves to available the prayer resources.
- Prayers to help people to focus on praising God, such as these from Common Worship.
- Prayer cards, such as these. (Please
let me know if you created this selection of prayers, so that I can
acknowledge their source.)
- Copies of individual Gospels, such as these.
- Simple introductions to the Christian faith, such as 'Original Jesus' by Carl Lafferton or 'Why Jesus?' by Nicky Gumbel.
- 'Inspiring Prayer' booklets from LifeWords.
- 'Look Around You' booklets from LifeWords.
- Children's Bible stories, such as these by Lois Rock.
- 'My Heart - Christ's Home': a story-based
introduction to faith for children.