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Activity time: 3 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A penny for each participant

Description of Activity

This activity, developed for children, works well for adults too. You might consider using this as an alternative closing to any Harvest the Power workshop. Say:

How many of you have thrown a coin into a fountain and made a wish? When we do this, we sometimes have a superstitious idea that if we keep our wish a secret, it will magically come true. When I throw coins into a fountain, I usually don't remember what I wished for, and so I don't know if those wishes ever come true.

Today, I want to give you an idea for a new way to make wishes. I'm going to give you each a penny. Hold your penny in your hand and wish something not for yourself, but for this congregation.

Now I invite each of you to give that penny to someone else.

(Pause.)

You just gave another person your hopes and dreams, and you just received someone else's hopes and dreams for the congregation. They have given you an invitation to help them with their wish, and you have invited them to help you. Pass your pennies around again.

(Pause.)

And again. And again. So many wishes and hopes and dreams passing through so many hands. May you all be ready to help each other fulfill those wishes. I hope you will tell others what your wish is so that they can help you to fulfill it.

Keep your pennies and when you look at them, think of the hopes and dreams that we all have for this congregation and help each other make wishes come true.

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