Prayer Stations for Heritage Day

Is your town or village celebrating Heritage Day? There may be exhibitions or concerts during the day in the parish church but, if not, you might open the church as a drop-in prayer day. You might like to have some gentle recorded instrumental music playing – Taizé chants, music from Keith Duke or Margaret Rizza, instrumental worship songs or classical music. Here are some ideas for prayer stations. You might provide a leaflet to help people use them. Place a large lit candle beside each prayer station.

Hang a Dove on the Peace Tree

You will need:

  • Sheeting to keep the floor clean
  • 8/10ft tree (birch is good and sustainable – always ask the owner before cutting down a tree!)
  • Christmas tree stand
  • A basket of white card cut-out doves with a hole punched in each one
  • A ball of twine and scissors
  • Pens

You will also need an Introduction sheet with these words:

Hang a Dove on the Peace Tree.
A dove can be a symbol of peace.
Take a dove and write a prayer on it, or the name of someone who needs peace, or a situation in need of peace.
Cut a piece of string, thread it through the dove and hang it on the tree.

Light a candle

You will need:

  • 3 large plastic trays from a garden centre
  • Sand to put in the trays
  • Separate labels placed on the trays for ‘the world’, ‘our community’, ‘someone in need’
  • Votive candles in a basket

You will also need an Introduction sheet with these words:

Light a candle for the world, for our community, or for someone in need. Lighting a candle brings light to a place or situation that is dark.

Write or Draw on the Graffiti Wall

You will need:

  • A large notice board covered in white lining wallpaper
  • Whiteboard markers in different colours

You will also need an Introduction sheet with these words:


Write or Draw on the Graffiti Wall. Be creative! Try graffiti writing. Fill the board with prayers, messages, statements, and pictures. Draw a picture – express what you feel about the world and our community.

Pray with an Icon

You will need:

  • Icons – all sizes placed in a quiet corner of the building
  • Chairs facing the icons

You will also need an Introduction sheet with these words:

Pray with an icon...
Sit quietly and look at one of the icons in front of you.
You are being invited into the image – allow yourself to be drawn in to something beyond.
Be patient! Icons can be windows into God.

Decorate a Candle

(This needs adult supervision)

You will need:

  • 2 large tables placed where people can talk
  • Plastic table cloths 
  • Chairs
  • White candles – small chunky ones 2inches in diameter and 3inches tall (Ikea sells them in sets of 4)
  • Decorative wax sheets in different colours (available from www.Opitec.co.uk in Southampton – catalogue no. 447.420)
  • Small metal biscuit cutters – hearts, flowers, butterflies, doves etc.
  • Ice lolly sticks 

You will also need an introduction sheet with these words:

Decorate a Candle...
for someone you love, for a friend, for yourself

  1. Take a candle and choose a biscuit cutter and a coloured wax sheet
  2. Press the cutter very firmly on the sheet working on the sheet from the edge inwards 
  3. Use your finger or an ice lolly stick to push the shape gently out of the cutter
  4. Place the shape on the candle
  5. Hold the palm of your hand firmly against it. The warmth of your hand will allow the shape to stick to the candle
  6. Now, if you like, choose another cutter and colour and repeat...

Pray for the World

You will need:

  • A very large world map mounted on a board and raised off the floor.
  • Votive candles in a basket.

You will also need an introduction sheet with these words:

Pray for the World.
Lighting a candle can bring light to a dark place. There are many dark places in the world. Choose one and place a lighted candle there.

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