Beading and Praying: How to Make Protestant Prayer Beads
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Welcome and Background6:17
Your Project and Symbolism7:48
How to Use Prayer Beads8:06
Assembly: Step 18:42
Assembly: Step 28:37
Closing the Prayer Beads4:00
About This Class
Create something wonderful for your prayer life!
Does your mind ever wander in prayer? Do you ever wonder if God is listening, or have trouble thinking of what to say in prayer? Do you take time to listen to God?
Prayer beads are a wonderful tool to help you stay focused, feel connected to God, and guide you in your thoughts and words. They can also help you find a quiet place and hear what God is saying to you.
Bonus? They're fun and easy to make!
In this class we will make a set of Protestant (Anglican) prayer beads. Never heard of such a thing? You're not alone. This is a fairly new prayer bead format that was developed in the 1980's, but is just now catching on. It's a great way to introduce Protestants to the idea of using beads in prayer.
What you will need:
- 5 large beads (10mm - 12mm)
- 29 medium beads (8mm - 10mm)
- 36 #8 seed beads (for your "main" seed bead)
- 10 #8 or #6 seed beads (for your "accent" seed bead)
- 1 cross or other pendant
- 2 crimp tubes (size 2x2 or 3x2)
- 20" - 24" of wire (49 strand - .018" or .019")
- 1 pair of chain nose pliers
- 1 set of side wire cutters
All of these supplies can be purchased at a local craft store or bead shop.
What you will learn:
- background and symbolism of Protestant (Anglican) prayer beads
- how to make a set of Protestant (Anglican) prayer beads
- ideas for how to pray using a set of Protestant (Anglican) prayer beads
- a beautiful tool that you made and can use to connect with God
- new ways of connecting with God
- opportunities to be still
- rediscovering an ancient Christian prayer practice
- connection to a growing community of Protestants who pray with beads
And apologies in advance for my video editing! This is the first set of videos I've ever edited, so I'm a work-in-progress!
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I loved this class! I liked how the symbolism, different ways of using, and steps for making the Protestant prayer beads was taught. I appreciated the different suggestions for personalizing my new rosary. The videos were well done. I appreciated that I could proceed through the different videos at my own speed. Kristen Vincent is an excellent teacher.
I'm the author of A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner's Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads, and co-author of Another Bead, Another Prayer: Devotions for Use with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books). My newest book, Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness, will be released Spring 2017. I can't wait!
I also travel frequently to lead retreats and workshops on spiritual formation, particularly as it relates to being still, praying, and using prayer beads. You can learn more at www.prayerworksstudio.com.
I own Prayerworks Studio where I make and sell prayer beads and other prayer tools. You can find me on Etsy.
I'm from Atlanta, Georgia, where I live with my husband and son. I love being still, the mountains, gatherings on our porch, and chocolate. Especially chocolate.