Sunday, 23 March 2014

Minecraft Place of Worship

Many people associate praying with going to Church or another special place where they can feel at peace. Although we can pray to God anywhere, you might find going somewhere that is set aside as being 'for prayer' helpful in focusing your mind.

But where do you spend most time? It could be a good idea to think about how you can make that into a place for prayer.

My son spends large amounts of time on the computer game Minecraft. So we wondered - could Minecraft be somewhere you can pray?

So this experiment involves creating a prayer space on Minecraft (or another world building game).
Think about what your ideal place for prayer would be. Where would it be? What would it look like? How big would it be? What would you do there?

Now go online and have a go! Once you've built it, try spending there praying. Is it any different to being in a chapel, church, or prayer space in the real world? If so, how?

Noah's Review:

I didn't want to build a massive cathedral but I wanted something fairly big. I made it look like a traditional church, because that is what my church looks like: I was sort of trying to create my version of our local church. Because its a nice church and makes me think about God, because its got the right kind of atmosphere.
So I made a church building, with a nave and the altar, choir stalls, at least 50 pews, a bell tower and stained glass windows. I built it facing East-West, so the sun would come up through the big window over the altar.
During the build dad and I were more thinking about what to build, but towards the end I was thinking about the stuff in the church when I was putting in the details - the pews, and the pulpit, and so on. I was thinking about how it is all designed to face the front and wondering whether that is a good thing or not. It makes you focus on what the vicar has to say, but because it makes everyone focus on the front they might miss some of the other lovely bits of the church that people put lots of effort into building.
At the end I had a little bit of pray. I got a vicar skin (costume) for my character, and did a short service in the church as the vicar. It was just me and my younger brother, with him being the congregation. First, we sang one verse of 'Nearer my God to thee' (which we remembered from the film Titanic). Then I went up into the pulpit and told the story of Jesus asking the Samaritan woman for water at the well (we'd done that reading in Junior Church that morning), and I ended by asking my brother a question about the reading. He answered, and then he left and I went and stood in front of the altar looking at the big window. Then I took my hands off the keyboard and said a few prayers. When I was praying I wasn't looking at the Minecraft screen, I was praying in real life.

Ease of use: 2/10 It took me two hours to build it even with help from my dad!
Spiritual value: 7.5/10 It did make me pray, but during the building I wasn't thinking about god but about the details of the building.


  1. I just spotted this link in your twitter @MirandaTHolmes. I'm not a teenager, but I have/own 1 and another one that's still budding. They do it earlier these days (becoming teens that-is.) I came at this whole Minecraft versus God thing from a different angle in my spiritual walk which started when computers were young, and most of my teenager-ness was almost spent. Minecraft had not been invented, but I knew that computers were evil - but I liked them so I discussed my fear with a youth leader who was a data capturer (yes, this was the 90's and an age fearing the number 666). But if music in the wrong hands is a tool of the devil, then I can do the same reversal for computers I discovered.
    Noah (sic) was my starting point I built an ark - my 2 boys helped a lot. It took about 2 weeks. It was pretty educational, and just like the experience your teenager had, the spiritual understanding I gained by keeping my eyes on the screen was greater than the time spent with my eyes closed. I was able to share this with my Sunday school class later too.
    Right now I am building a Cathedral, it's a 6 month project. My 2 "almost" teenagers are helping me again - I'll get them to share what they are getting out of it. Do keep in touch, and post a picture of your church. I would love to share it and create a subversive culture where we turn the evil computer around, to glorify God through His and our creativity.
    Ease: 4/10 - depends on minecrafting ability.
    Spiritual: 10/10 - I have sown a seed in many young minds.

    1. Thanks! Do you think you could possibly get your two 'almost teens' to do a short review of how it is going for me, and mark it out of 10? would love to quote them in the book I'm preparing based on this!


We welcome your comments, especially if you have tried the week's exercise yourself! Give it marks out of ten, or just let us know what you think. Please be aware we may quote you if we ever do write this up as book!