Creating a Family Prayer Space
A prayer space is a great way of bringing the sacred into your everyday. Where you set up a prayer space will depend on the age of your children. If you have very young children and want to have a prayer space set up permanantly, you may choose items you don’t mind
them playing with. On the other hand, you may prefer to have the items in a basket for the children to set up at prayer time and then put it away for next time. If you have a selection of objects in the basket, the children can choose which to put on the table themselves. Older kids may even like to take the basket into their bedrooms for times of personal prayer.
Things you may include:
~ Cloths for the table, in the liturgical colours (red, white, purple, green),
~ Candles in the liturgical colours, and a candle snuffer (battery opperated candles can offer a good alternative for little ones).
~ A cross or crucifix.
~ Items that reflect the liturgical season or feast day e.g. empty manger during Advent, a palm frond for Passion Sunday, saints cards, etc.
~ Materials for retelling scripture stories e.g. finger puppets, paper dolls, figurines, images etc.
~ Any other objects that mean something to your family e.g. rosary, flowers, rocks, shells, plants, holy water, faith inspired items the children may have made at school or Church etc.