Alternate Activity 1: What I Cherish

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • As a facilitator, be prepared to model this activity.
  • Write on newsprint, and post:
    • Your name
    • How long you have been a part of this congregation
    • A brief story about a place, person or item you cherish

Description of Activity

This activity provides a safe space for participants to share, at whatever level they are comfortable, a bit of their identity through a story of something they cherish. You might use it before or instead of Activity 2, These Are a Few of My Favorite Things.

Indicate the newsprint. Give participants a minute to prepare to introduce themselves to the group, using the items on newsprint as a guide.

In a group larger than ten, you may wish to form smaller groups for this activity. Facilitators should go first to model the introductions.

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