Stuff You Can Use: Forgiven 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.

2015 Prayer Stations

Prayer Station: Forgiven 

Themes: Family, forgiveness

Supplies: Pink heart doilies, pens, Sharpies 

Scriptural Link: Colossians 3:13 


Think about the ways in which your family has hurt you in the last year.

Write one of the ways in which you've been hurt by your family on a pink heart doily.

Now consider these words from Colossians 3:13.

“Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” 

Reread the “complaint” you've written on your heart.

What would it take for you to forgive that person?

With God's help, do you think it's possible to forgive that person?

If so, take a sharpie and write “You're forgiven” across the doily as a sign of your commitment to forgiveness.

If not, ask God to give you the courage to forgive that person.


Download the Forgiven prayer station as a PDF here.

Get the Noise prayer station here. 

Get the Blended Families prayer station 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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