SCP AviemoreOver 200 young people and leaders gathered to pray at Strictly Come Praying last month – individually, together, creatively and imaginatively (handprint paint prayers, tile-smashing confession prayers and M&M prayers proved popular!). Groups travelled from across the central belt, Dumfries & Galloway, the Borders, Fife, Dundee, Perth, Inverness, Aberdeenshire and Fort William to the events in Grangemouth and Aviemore, which were hosted and mainly led by young people.

After a busy programme of worship, workshops, prayer stations and dinner, Tara Devlin of Tearfund shared the challenge of Jesus’ prayer for us in John 17 – that we would have 1 heart, to follow Jesus, 1 goal in making him known, and 1 vision: unity. Let’s pray for the impact of that in days and years to come! Here's what some of the young people had to say:

Drawing of cross & broken chains"Best bit was learning about how to pray and listening to God talk to us." "

My fav was praying for others."

"Prayer can be like clothing: you need it and it can be expressive."

"I should start praying with my mates."

"Prayer can bring me closer to the Lord."

"[I have learned] that Christians are all different but we have the same goal."

"Praying is so EPIC!"           

"Prayer can be like talking to a friend."

Written by Elizabeth McDowall, Prayer Coordinator. Drawing by young person at SCP. Find out more about Strictly Come Praying.