Stuff You Can Use: Transformed 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.

2015 Prayer Stations

Prayer Station: Transformed 

Themes:  Transformation, Friendships

Supplies: Foam butterflies, glitter glue, sharpies 


Because of the metamorphosis that a butterfly undergoes, it's often the symbol of transformation.

Transformation is defined as the act of being changed.

The beautiful thing about friendships are that they have the ability to change all who are a part of them in both positive and negative ways.

Think about a friendship that has positively transformed you.

Use a sharpie to write down a few words or sentences that describe the ways in which that friendship has changed you.

Then use the glitter glue to further transform your butterfly.

As you do, say a prayer of thanksgiving for your friend and the way he or she has changed you.

Leave your butterfly on the table so others can also thank God for the ways in which you have and are being transformed in your friendship.

Download the Transformed prayer station as a PDF 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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