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Flashlight Prayer Circle is a simple activity to hold attention during prayer time and to make sure everyone has a chance to offer a prayer.

This prayer activity works best in a dark room or outside at night. This also works well at prayer time around a campfire. You can use it to focus on a crucifix or some other symbol related to the topic of the day.

Flashlight Prayer Circle

Materials for Flashlight Prayer Circle

If you don’t have enough flashlights for everyone, you can use one and pass it around.


  • Place the crucifix somewhere centrally located to the group.
  • Have everyone start with their flashlights off.
  • If you want the lights to have some color, give each participant a piece of tissue paper to cover the light.
  • One at a time they will turn on their flashlights and direct the beam to the crucifix. Then they will offer their prayer. They should leave the light on, focused on the crucifix.
  • This will continue until everyone has offered a prayer and all lights are focused on the crucifix.

More Prayer Circle Ideas

Popcorn Prayer Circle

A popcorn prayer circle gives everyone an opportunity to offer a prayer, either silently or vocally. This is a nice way to pray if you are doing an activity where you are practicing silence. But it is also just another way to pray together, or if you want to make sure everyone has a chance to offer their whole prayer without interruption.

Ball Toss Prayer Circle

Ball Toss prayer circle is an activity to help give everyone a chance to offer a prayer. It also encourages the more quiet ones in your group to participate.

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ABC Prayer Circle

This ABC prayer prompt is to discover prayer ideas which start with different letters of the alphabet. This is a suggestion for a group prayer, but it could also be used as an individual prayer starter.

Hat Prayer Circle

If you are doing a Treasured theme, use an explorer style hat for this prayer activity. But you can use whatever hat fits your theme. Think of a cowboy hat, a train conductor hat, a construction helmet, a baseball cap, etc.

One Word Spontaneous Prayer Circle

A one word spontaneous prayer circle is a way to encourage spontaneous prayer in a group. The simplicity helps group members participate even if they are a little intimidated by spontaneous prayer.

More Prayers

Prayers bring us closer to God. We pray to change our own hearts and bring them into alignment with the heart of God. We pour ourselves out to God and know that we are heard. We also let God speak to us.

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