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25th October 2016
It’s not just adults getting involved in our 40 days of hungering after God. A couple of weeks ago, our teenagers gathered for a night of prayer at our youth prayground. A prayground is an interactive prayer space with different stations designed to help people pray in different ways and for different things. The youth prayground had stations ranging from a Thank You Station, where the youth thanked God for all sorts of things, to a Listening Station, which provided an opportunity to take a few minutes to listen to God, and a Mission Station, where the youth prayed for their friends who don’t yet know Jesus and the coming move to multi-venue.
There were lots of great stories which emerged from the evening. The youth filled a big flipchart sheet with declarations of who God is and created a colourful web of thank you prayers by pegging up lots of post-it notes with prayers on them. Lots of young people asked for prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirit at the Filling Station and many felt the Holy Spirit filling them. In each group that came to the Listening Station there were young people who heard God speaking to them. In several groups God said very similar things to multiple people.
One great story came from our Fusion team, a team who work with young people with additional needs and who might otherwise struggle to engage with the activities going on. One of the young people in the Fusion group, a young guy who has no church background, was experiencing pain from an injury. The team prayed for him, and the pain completely stopped. When the young person realised what had happened a few minutes later, he burst into a great prayer of thanks and praise.
This coming Saturday we’re running another prayground, this time for families with children aged 0-12. As in the youth prayground there’ll be a range of different prayer stations and activities to help families engage with God together, and we’re sure that they’ll be more great stories on the back of the family prayground.
If you’re a family with children aged 0-12 come along to The Hastings Centre next Saturday (29th October), between 2-4pm for the family prayground.
Posted by Andrew Bunt