Re: Ideas for including kids in prayer

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michianamom
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This isn’t a prayer per se, but it’s a great way to teach the idea that our work/play/rest/everything can be offerings to God.

Following is an article I wrote for the Lenten edition of the St Pius X Catholic School HASA Herald:
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Create a large vine to put up on a wall. On it, include words from John 15:1-5

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.

You can go all out and create an image of God, the Father, as a vine grower. Create bags of “fertilizer” with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Be creative illustrating the passage in as much detail as you want.

Create a branch for each family member. Create a basket of grapes and leaves. Whenever someone sees a family member doing a good deed or acting piously, that person can add a grape or leaf to the other person’s vine. Here’s the catch: you can’t put grapes/leaves on your own vine. By the end of Lent, your family should be able to see the fruit grown by Our Lord.

This idea was inspired by http://www.catholicmom.com/lenten_grapevine.htm.
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I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do.

God bless,
Sara