Activity Center: Prayer Banner

Intergenerational Event—Getting to the Heart of Lent


Families will design a personalized banner using tempera paint to make handprints on paper. Be sure to have a place for participants to wash their hands when they are done with this activity.

Download Prayer Banner Family Handout
To print: 1 per family
Document: 1 page

This download is a family handout that explains and honors the “domestic church” that families create in their daily lives at home.

For this activity center, set up a work table with the following materials:

  • Printed handouts, one for each family
  • Large sheet of paper, such as a poster board or paper placemat, one for each family
  • Markers
  • Tempera paints
  • Shallow trays or pans in which to put paint for making handprints (one for each color)
  • Sink or basin in which participants can wash their hands
  • Hand soap
  • Paper towels to dry hands
  • Wastebasket

Tips for Gathering Materials

Banner: Paper placemats make ideal banners for this activity. Most are sturdy, attractive, and just the right size. Plain white or colored placemats can be found in most party or restaurant supply stores. To find them on the Internet, type “paper placemats” into a search engine. Poster board is also an excellent choice for this activity. It can be found at any office, art, or hobby supply store.

Tempera Paint: This brightly colored paint dries quickly. Also, any spills or splashes wash up more easily than most types of paint. It can be found wherever school supplies or art materials are sold. To find it on the Internet, type “tempera paint” into a search engine.