Psalms of Hope

For thousands of years psalms have been used to cry out to God for help when problems seem impossible to resolve; laying out a transformational journey from lament to praise. The Bible readings that Christians use during Lent showing Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem reveal him moving towards his own suffering and death, but pointing the way to salvation and new life.

We have also created a psalm-writing workshop, which explains to children how psalms work, and gives them a template to create their own psalm of hope.

The workshop is delivered through storytelling and wondering, and has an accompanying PowerPoint presentation of images from medieval psalters to inspire children to decorate their own psalms.

The workshop can be delivered by the teacher in the classroom or online, using the story video.

To lead a Psalms of Hope Psalm writing workshop you will need:

  •  Workshop outline (KS1 or KS2)
  • Story video (KS1 or KS2)
  • Illuminated manuscripts PowerPoint
  • Worksheet (EYFS, KS1 or KS2)
  • Photograph of the story scene to aid ‘wondering’ about the story
Psalms of Hope - Workshop KS1

Worksheet EYFS and KS1

Psalms of Hope - Workshop KS2

Worksheet KS2

Psalms workshop illuminations

Workshop story photos

Feedback from our schools and Psalms written by the children can be seen by following this link.