Prayer Community Trail
Prayer Community Ichthus Trail
Prayer Community Ichthus Trail
This activity can be scaled down to work for a local church or scaled up to work across the whole diocese or district.
It’s half term so many families will be on holiday and have more time than usual. Most areas have beautiful or interesting places to visit with churches nearby:
this idea entails providing a safari route around selected churches in places families would conceivably be keen to go to (for example, near the sea, near a nice churchyard in which to picnic, close to a Wetherspoons, by a play park, with lovely views, near a National Trust property, near an airport, near a McDonald’s, a museum, a green space to run around in, a train station with open access platforms, a pond…). You might even persuade the churches to exercise their gift of hospitality and open up for the duration, providing refreshments and toilets.
• At its simplest, you might provide a map of the nine (one per day of the holiday) suggested places to visit, with postcodes for those using Satnav, and invite people to explore all of them during half term by public transport, cycle, car or foot. On the map, provide a prayer for the families to pray for the area when they arrive at the place in question.
• Or you might organise a single day during the half term holiday when a set of nine or more churches commit to being open and offering hospitality, perhaps refreshments and small Thy Kingdom Come prizes for every visitor, so that a family might have an adventure day going from one to another. The welcoming church could suggest a prayer for people to say there, or a prayer station at which to do an action, so that the prayer is different at each venue.
• You could have a ‘passport’ to collect stamps or a treasure hunt letter or prayer token to collect at each venue, or a challenge to take a photo of your family in a particular spot, so the diocese or district could offer a prize to anyone completing the whole safari and submitting their completed passport or answer.
• The final venue could be a cathedral or similar central venue with a party to join in with.
Community Ichthus Trail
A fun trail to lead to an event or service to explore the ichthus fish symbol, prayer and Jesus.
You will need: 10 large ichthus fish made from air drying clay, knitted or as a bright painting for example. Be creative with colours, texture and design. Give each fish a name tag e.g. Shark, Nemo, Dory, Trout, Jaws, Moby Dick.
• Place each fish in the window of different buildings of your community.
• Families and children’s groups, schools and uniformed organisations can hunt for the fish and write their names on a trail sheet. The sheet could include church information (website, Facebook page), event information, names of shops/venues taking part in the trail.
• Invite families and children’s groups to bring completed sheets to an ichthus event or church service. This could be activity-based (suggestions below). It can be centred around the great catch of fish in John 21:1–14 and could encourage participants to use each fish as a reminder to pray, for friends and family to come to know Jesus.