In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
In this activity, the children will produce their own sign of welcome for visitors and newcomers.
Say, in your own words:
The name of the ship that brought John Murray to
was the "Hand in Hand." That was a good name for the ship, because our hands can help us show hospitality.
Ask if children can think of ways we use our hands to show hospitality. Prompt for answers such as:
Let's create a poster that extends the hand of friendship to everyone entering our meeting space. Let's all use our hands to make the word "Welcome."
Let the children press their hands into the pie plates of washable paint, and then make handprints on the paper. Guide them to follow your tracing to spell out "Welcome!"
Ask the children to wash their hands.
Let the sign dry. Before the group meets again, hang it in your meeting space or outside, above the door.
In Session 14: Coming Home, Activity 3 invites the children to create homecoming signs to display in their family homes. The activity description will guide you to use the "Welcome!" sign made by the entire group to connect the two activities.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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