Stuff You Can Use: Blended Families Prayer Station

I'm 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.

Blended Families

Prayer Station: Blended Families

Themes: Families, gratitude

Supplies: Various colors of sand, small containers that can be closed, sharpies


For better or worse, your family is a unit.

Think about each person in your immediate family. As you do, write each person's name (including your own) on the outside of one of the small boxes.

Next, think about what each person in your immediate family uniquely contributes to it.

Then choose a color of sand to represent each person in your immediate family.

Take some of each color sand and place it in the small container, creating a design of some sort as you do. As you do, thank God for the ways in which that person uniquely contributes to your family.

Leave your box on the table.

Finally, choose someone else's box of sand. Pray for each person whose name is written on the container.

Download the Blended Families prayer station as a PDF here.

Get the All the Time prayer station here. 

Get the Empty prayer station here.

Get the Transformed Prayer Station here.

Get the Found Poetry prayer station here.

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

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, 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), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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