Pass the Prayer Cross: Taking the Chaos out of Family Prayer Time
This week as we were walking through A. C. Moore (a craft store), I saw plain wooden crosses for $1 each and an idea struck! How about decorating a cross that we could pass around during our prayer time to designate the speaker? The symbol would keep the focus on Jesus, while giving the kids something tangible to remind them of when it was their turn versus when they should listen.
We kept the decoration of the cross simple. We arranged colored glass gems to fit in the inset part of the wooden cross. Once we had our design laid out, I used my glue gun to secure the gems. Of course, these added quite a bit of weight to the cross, but I think it’s going to work just fine.
We have used the cross during prayer time for two nights now and it has really made the biggest difference! The first night we still had a few outbursts but last night was so much smoother. I don’t know that we’ll always need a token to pass around, but I think it will be a great aid until the children learn to let a speaker finish before interrupting.
Until then, the passing of the cross will help us all remember to patiently wait our turn and listen to the person who is speaking.
The cross fits perfectly in our prayer box for storage between uses.
Does your family have a group prayer time? Do you have any tips or tricks to share for making that time go smoothly?
See my other prayer posts:
- DIY Prayer Pail (with 25 printable mealtime prayers)
- Greeting Card Prayer Box
- Teaching the Lord’s Prayer to Littles
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