Putting together a sacred space of your own can be overwhelming, but using these pro tips and the resources in the store, you too can create is great sacred space! check out the pro-tip to the left or click HERE to see example pictures.
7 ESSENTIALS SUPPLIES for a SACRED SPACE
One for each station works best, but anything can be a prayer station, especially when it is covered with a painter’s tarp!
2. CANVAS TARPS
Canvas Tarps to cover tables (painter’s tarps can be purchased at places like Lowes or Home Depot) and Additional Tarp that can be written on. New Painter’s Tarps are great because you can use them to cover up all sorts of things and make them into prayer stations, like stacks of chairs, coke machines, pool tables and pianos. I like them larger rather than smaller to cover the complete table and the table legs (I have a problem with seeing the table legs) also if the tarp goes to the floor, you can hide boxes and supplies underneath. Having the cream colored tarp as the base unifies the space and allows you to add color on top of it in fabric other table clothes etc.
3. VARIOUS FABRIC and TABLECLOTHS
Various types of tablecloths and or fabric (checkered, plain, etc., different colors that can be placed on top of canvas tarps to add color, depth, and decoration) Pieces of Burlap are great too.
4. ART SUPPLIES
Art Supplies and Paper for Art Station ( I don’t usually have any paints due to the mess) Crayons, pastels, oil pastels, sharpies, markers, colored pencils, pencils. Construction paper in various colors, white drawing paper and paper for journal writing. Tape, glue sticks and scissors. Magazines for collages.
Candles, Battery Candles and White Christmas lights. These days, due to risk of fire, I tend to have only “live” candles on the entry /intro station table. And use battery candles and white Christmas light on the rest of the stations.
Signs printed out for each station. You can laminate these signs to use again, and use picture frames to support the signs. I usually back my signs on black card stock. It adds support and frames them well. I have a collection of wooden frames from the Dollar Store and you can buy plexi glass frames there too. I usually just tape the signs onto the frames rather than taking the time to put the signs inside them.
7. BLUE PAINTERS TAPE
For hanging signs, black sharpie markers, pens and pencils, post it notes
4 GO-TO STATIONS
1. An ART Station
We all need the opportunity to pray and respond to God in art, poetry, and writing. Our Creator invites us to be Creative! Provide art supplies, paper and space to create. Provide Blue painter’s tape so participants can hang their prayers so everyone can pray with them.
2. A REST Station or “Chill Space”
A place to stop and rest and JUST BE STILL and BE with God. We all need help just BEING with Jesus and we all need the space and place to REST.
3. CONFESSION Station
Most contemporary church liturgies do not include a confession, and while some more traditional churches, do, we often just hear the words rather than actually considering that we all need to say we are sorry and ask for forgiveness.
4. Praying for the WORLD
A station where we can pray for the world and global issues. God blesses the entire planet, not just our neck of the woods, so I always provide a place to pray for the World. If you want, you can include current events and pray for missionaries at this station too.