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Praying in Color

Praying In Color

I recently came across this wonderful idea from Sybil MacBeth who has kindly let us share it on the Art at the Chapel blog.

The following content is from Sybil’s website

She has lots more examples and info on there so its well worth a look. Sybil is American so please note the spelling of COLOR if searching for the website! Sybil also has a book called Praying in Color available from Amazon here

Praying in Color = prayer + d o o d l i n g

When multiple friends and family members received ugly and scary diagnoses, Sybil MacBeth found herself exhausted by the words of her prayers and stymied by a lack of focus. One summer day, she retreated to her back porch for a session of mindless doodling with a basket of her favorite colored markers. She drew a shape, put the name of a friend inside, and added lines and color. She drew another shape with another name and added detail and color. When the page was covered with designs and names, Sybil realized she had prayed. The action of drawing was a wordless offering of friends and family into the care of God. The page of drawings became a visual reminder to pray. This was the beginning of Praying in Color.



Pray for a group of people.Spend time alone with God.Pray for just one person. by Barbara M.


1) You want to pray but words escape you. 2) Sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge. 3) Your body wants to be part of your prayer. 4) You want to just hang out with God but don’t know how. 5) Listening to God feels like an impossible task . 6) Your mind wanders and your body complains. 7) You want a visual, concrete way to pray.8) You Need a new way to pray.

Here’s how to get started:

1) Write your name for God on a piece of paper. Draw a shape around it or just start to doodle. The drawing becomes a prayer space, a small prayer closet. 2) Add marks and shapes. Focus on the name you chose. Ask God to be part of your prayer time with or without words. If words come, pray them; if not, enjoy the silence.
3) To pray for a person, write their name on the page. Draw around it. Add color, if you want. Keep drawing as you release the person into God’s care. 4) Add other people to your drawing. Think of each stroke of your pen as a prayer for them. Take a breath or say “Amen” between each person.

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Prayer Wordle

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Feel free to use these wordles to help you pray by choosing a word and bringing it to God. Hover your mouse over the image to show the pause button if you want to focus on one image.

You could either use the word as a starting point for a prayer

or simply hold it in your mind and offer it to God in your heart.

Why not make your own prayer wordle here –

Wordle: Prayer Wordle

Wordle: God's gifts

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Prayer Ribbons

DSCF0006You may notice an extra splash of colour at Bishop Street this week as the altar rail is covered in brightly coloured ribbons. These ribbons symbolise the prayers of those who tied them during the service last Sunday. Please feel free to come and add your own, you will find a basket of ribbon close by with a sign that reads:

Just as you might add a candle for a someone, pleae feel free to take a ribbon and tie it to the altar rail as a prayer for a person or situation that is on your heart.

You may wish to say a prayer as you tie the ribbon or simply let the act of tying BE your prayer. Your ribbon will remain as a symbol of your prayer and of those of many others offered to God as they theytoo knelt at this altar rail.