Stuff You Can Use: Found Poetry Prayer Station

I am a big believer in the power of experiential learning. To this end, instead of giving a talk about prayer, I'd much rather create a series of prayer stations designed to give students the opportunity to pray in a variety of ways.

Over the next several weeks, I'll be posting some of my favorite prayer stations. Prayer stations can be used collectively during a prayer night or individually, as part of a larger lesson. For example: This particular prayer station was used as part of a prayer experience during a winter retreat focused on vulnerability in relationships with family and friends. 

Found Poetry

Prayer Station: Found Poetry 

Themes: Scripture, Relationships

Supplies: Bibles that can be CUT up; Blank paper; Glue Sticks; Sharpies 

Directions:  

Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.

Using words from the Bible, create a poem about your friends or family.

You may do this in two ways.

1) Cut out words / lines from the Bible and glue them onto a new sheet of paper to create your poem

OR

2) Cut out larger sections from the Bible. Glue them onto a new sheet of paper. Then use a sharpie to black out those words that are NOT part of your poem.

Creating your poem is your act of prayer.

Leave your poem for others to read.

Download the Found Poetry prayer station as a PDF here

Get more creative prayer stations you can use with your teens here

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. When not doing ministry, she and her husband Doug can be found hiking, backpacking, and traveling.

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