Stuff You Can Use: Washed Up 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 that I've written. 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 junior high & high school winter retreat focused on baptism. 

2017 Prayer Stations

Prayer Station: Washed Up 

Themes: Baptism, Sin, Forgiveness 

Scripture Link: Matthew 3:2 & 11 

Supplies: Washable markers, soap, bucket filled with water 


When John the Baptist baptized people, he did so for the forgiveness of sins. He told people, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near!” and “I baptize you with water for repentance” (Matthew 3:2 & 11).

Think about your life.

How have you screwed up recently?

Take a marker and make a list of of the ways you have recently screwed up on your hand and arm.

After each thing you list, ask God for forgiveness.

Then use the washcloths, soap, and water to wash those sins off your hand and arm, to symbolize the way in which baptism washes away our sins.

Thank God for the gift of baptism – and for Jesus' death on the cross – and the way in which our sins are forgiven.


Download the Washed Up Prayer Station here. 

Get the What Are You Afraid Of? Prayer Station here.

Get the Beautiful Things Prayer Station here.

Get the One in Christ Prayer Station here.

Get the Happy Baptismal Birthday 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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