Praying for toddler groups

A few weeks ago the children’s talk in church was about prayer. The question was ‘What is prayer?’ The answer came from Psalm 62:8, ‘Pour out your heart to him’.

This seemed to me to be such a simple and straightforward way to think about talking to God. We simply pour our heart out to him. The person who does this in the Bible is Hannah as she prays for a child.

It made me think – ‘what are the things on my heart when it comes to the toddler groups that I either lead or help at each week?’ Sometimes there have been specific health concerns of parents, sometimes we’ve struggled with either too few people coming or too many. Sometimes there haven’t been enough helpers. Sometimes I have felt really nervous about leading the singing.

This June we have (in the UK) a month of prayer for Toddler Groups so I decided to make a visual aid for myself. You are very welcome to download the two ideas. My aim is to pray each day for the things that are on my heart.

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2019 – Pour out your heart

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Here in the UK it’s been the National Month of Prayer for Toddler Groups organised by the 1277 group. This afternoon a group of us from this local area of East London/Essex met to talk about our groups and pray together.

We began by reading part of Psalm 139 that reminds us that children are made by God and are special to him. Then we chatted and prayed. We focused on the following

  • safety
  • families feeling welcomed
  • thankfulness for helpers
  • opportunities to share the gospel
  • good relationships between parents/grandparents and carers who come to the groups
  • parenting courses
  • new families to come along
  • dads and grandads that come to the groups – often outnumbered!
  • parents and grandparents doing Christianaity Explored

There were ten of us from four churches and it was a really great time. It was good to pray together and also to share ideas and feel part of a bigger picture.