Basil: Oh Percy, come quick, there’s lots of people here.
Percy: So there is, Basil.
Basil: Hello, I’m Basil and I’m a beefeater.
Percy: And I’m Percy, and I’m a policeman. Is everyone OK?
Basil: I didn’t hear that, did you Percy?
Percy: No, is everyone OK?
Basil: Oh, that nearly blew my hat off!
Percy: I’ve never been here before, have you Basil?
Basil: No, I haven’t, it’s nice though isn’t it? What do people do here, Percy?
Percy: Well, I think they come here to worship God and pray.
Basil: Oh, I know how to pray! You close your eyes and put your hands together and kneel against the bed… er, no bed!
Percy: You’re right, there’s no bed here!
Basil: So, how do people pray when there’s no bed?
Percy: Well, there’s lots of ways to pray, you don’t always need a bed.
Percy: Yes Basil, and we are going to be here every Tuesday for 6 weeks looking at different ways to pray.
Basil: Are there that many ways to pray?
Percy: Yes Basil, because prayer is about spending time with God and there are loads of ways to do that!
Basil: Oh, like when I’m with you we do different things?
Percy: That’s right, Basil.
Basil: What will we do with God today then?
Percy: Well, one thing we can do is to eat some fruit.
Basil: Percy, are you sure that’s praying?
Percy: Yes, you know Basil, how you are a beefeater and when we have beef and you like to try some new mustard with it, you eat it slowly.
Basil: Yes, it would be a shame to hurry that. Oh, and I like to thank God that I have beef and new mustard – oh, is that praying?
Percy: Yes Basil, it is.
Basil: I think of how some people don’t have food when I am saying thank you.
Percy: Yes, and that is praying too.
Basil: Oh, I never realised that. It’s like God’s here all the time, isn’t it?
Percy: I think so!
Basil: Can we go and eat something now because I’m hungry talking about food?
Percy: Yes, bye, bye.
Basil: Bye! See you next week!
(Handout: Basil and Percy on prayer)
Play & Pray by Epiphany Group Scotland is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.