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St John The Baptist Catholic Primary School We pray together, work together and always do our best, following the example of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Praying with your child

Ten things children should know about prayer.

 

Prayer is communication

It can be spoken or silent. It can be a song or a story. It can be a picture or a dance.

 

Prayer can happen anyway you want.

There’s no right or wrong way to pray.

 

Prayer can happen as often as you like.

Every week. Every day. Every hour.

 

Prayer can be shared.  But it doesn't have to be.

It can be done alone or with a favourite toy. It can be done with friends, family or pets.

 

Prayer can happen anywhere.

It can be done in your room or at the kitchen table. It can be done out in the playground, at the park or even at the zoo.

 

Prayer can happen in any mood.

You can be happy, sad, angry, scared or confused when you pray.

 

Prayer can be for yourself or for someone else.

If you know someone who could use a little help — add them to your prayers.

 

Prayer doesn't need a structure, length or specific words.

Whatever words you use, long or short, however your prayer comes out is fine.

 

Prayer doesn't need a special occasion.

There are certain prayers appropriate to special occasions but you don’t need to wait for a special time to pray.

 

Prayer doesn't have to be a request.

It can also be used to give thanks for what you have already received. “Thank you,” is a perfect prayer.

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