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Before You Start (Spirit in Practice)

Determine the schedule. Decide whether you will offer the program for ten consecutive weeks, once a month for ten consecutive months, or on another schedule. Set the dates and times. Take holidays and three-day weekends into account to ensure that most participants can attend all scheduled workshops.

Choose a meeting space. Find a comfortable room that can accommodate chairs for participants, participants in wheelchairs, tables for artwork and writing, an altar or centering table, an easel, a microphone, and newsprint posted on the walls. Reserve the space for all of the workshop dates and times you have chosen.

Arrange for child care. If you are meeting at a time when religious education programming is not available for participants' children, arrange for child care with qualified child care providers. Reserve a room for this use as well.

Promote the Spirit in Practice workshops. Use newsletters, websites, printed and spoken announcements, visitor and new member packets, adult religious education brochures, and invitations to publicize the upcoming workshops. Promote them at worship, at other religious education program meetings, and at visitor and new member orientations. You may also choose to promote the workshops more broadly with a listing in your local newspaper or on your local community access television channel.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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