Nursery rhyme prayers for Small Saints

Small Saints is an informal group of for babies, toddlers and children under 5 and their grown-ups. We meet for 2 hrs one morning a week for play, snacks, stories and worship.

We have taken to using lots of songs based on nursery rhymes in our worship, including some from www.nurseryrhymemass.org.uk and some from a fabulous and rather ancient book I have on long-term loan from our lovely pianist.

I’ve decided to refresh our repertoire for the Autumn term, and offer the following for anyone to whom they might be useful. Please share, use and adapt freely.

Grace before meals
(to the tune of Frere Jaques,
with leader singing each line and everyone singing it back)

Thank you God
Thank you God
For our food
For our food
For your love we praise you
For your love we praise you
Amen
Amen

Blessing and dismissal
(to the tune of Frere Jaques,
with leader singing each line and everyone singing it back)

God please bless us
God please bless us
As we go
As we go
Bless and guide us always
Bless and guide us always
Amen
Amen

Intercessions
(to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

God we pray for N
Hear us when we pray
Giver her/him health and strength and hope
Bless her/him every day

With the older children (3-4 yr olds) I might invite them to think about what they want to ask God for and choose other words to substitute for “health and strength and hope”.

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