Stuff You Can Use: Noise 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.

Noise Prayer Station

Prayer Station: Noise 

Themes: Families, love 

Supplies: Bells, punch balloon 

Scriptural Link: 1 Corinthians 13:1


1 Corinthians 13:1 says, “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol.”

Think about your relationships with your friends and family.

When have those relationships NOT been filled with love?

Pick up the bells and punch balloons. Use them to make noise – a symbol of those times your relationships have mirrored noisy gongs and clanging symbols.

As you make noise, speak the ways in which your relationships have NOT been filled with love aloud, as your spiritual act of confession.

Finally, ask God to help you become more loving in your relationships with your friends and family.


Download the Noise prayer station as a PDF 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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