Sometimes, even after years of watching parents and leaders pray, it can be hard for kids to remember to pray for the larger community around them. These Pray for My Community Cards will help your children begin to think about how to pray for those in the surrounding neighborhoods.
At Thinking Kids, we’re working on a project to teach our kids to pray for others, to pray with gratitude, to pray for our communities, to pray for our world, to pray for our character, and to confess our sins in prayer. These printable cards are a part of the Family Prayer Box project.
Pray for My Community Cards for Kids….
These printable gratitude prayer cards have twelve adorable designs. Each card has a part of the community to pray for with a space to fill in a name.
Places to Pray for in Your Community
The Pray for My Community cards encourage families to pray for several things. Need more? You can just print another set!
- Our Church
- Another Local Church
- Our Local Schools (with space to write the name of three schools–elementary, middle, and high schools)
- A Neighbor (3 cards)
- A Ministry
- The Lost
- City Leaders
- State Leaders
- 2 cards for you to fill out with a local concern
Ways to Use Pray for My Community Cards for Kids
Pray for My Community Cards for Kids can be used a number of ways. Here are a few ideas:
- At home, identify the organization or neighbor you will pray for. Then, brainstorm how to pray for that organization or person. Write a few items on the back of each card. Save the cards in your Family Prayer Box and use the prayer cards on a rotation, working through one each day.
- Fill all the cards out yourself. Place them in a stack on the table, and take turns at each meal praying for someone on the card.
- In a group, have each child fill out a card with prayer requests for the organization or neighbor on their card. Collect the cards and pray through the stack each week.
- Consider praying for just one card daily each week. During the week, find a way to serve that organization or person as a family.
- Share other ideas in the comments!
How to Print Pray for My Community Cards for Kids
I often get asked how to print Thinking Kids resources. Here’s my very best advice. Take it and adapt it for your own good uses.
- Sometimes readers are concerned about using colored ink. If this is the case for you, there should be a setting on your printer that allows you to print in black and white. Printing in grayscale will still use some color, but it will come out prettier than black and white.
- Print these cards on duplex (back-to-back or double-sided). You’ll want to flip on the SHORT edge for these. You should be able to change the settings for this in the Properties tab of your printer box once you download and tell your computer to print.
- Trouble downloading? Check out How To Download Thinking Kids PDFs.
- I recommend printing on white cardstock so the cards will be more durable and the back won’t show through on the front. This is my very favorite cardstock: Neenah Premium Cardstock.
- If you plan to rotate the cards to use at meals or during your family devotional time, consider laminating them so they will last longer.
- Let your kids write in pen! Frixion erasable pens show up well and erase perfectly. I use them on my planner everyday and I love them. They give kids a fun way to use bright colors–and they still allow room for mistakes.
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.