In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity will attune children to faith home members who have left and will return. With hand-made greeting cards, the children communicate with these absent members to show that the faith community keeps them in its thoughts.
In many congregations, college students living away from home are often a lost part of our Unitarian Universalist faith homes. Around mid-August, young people who have grown up in our congregations start to slowly disappear. They may float in and out of worship when they are home for a weekend or a vacation. We notice them again for a few weeks at Christmas and then they appear again magically just before summer.
Gather children at work tables and distribute paper. Show the children how to fold the paper to make a card. Allow them decorate the card any way they wish. Explain that the cards will go to young adults who used to be in religious education, just like they are now, when they were younger. As the children work, remind them that the cards they are making are not associated with a special occasion or a holiday. The cards are just to remind the college students that people from their faith community are thinking of them.
If you are taking and print digital photographs on the spot, have one adult do this while another adult helps children with their cards.
If you are including photographs with the cards, help each child write his/her first name on the back of their picture. If children prefer to glue a photograph to the card, help them write their names under their pictures.
On the inside of the cards, help children glue the text message you have made from Leader Resource 2, Home and Away Cards. Help the children write the college student's name and their own name in the appropriate blanks. Depending on how many college students' names you have, some children can make two or more cards, or you may have two or three children work together on a card for a single college student.
Children can fold their cards to fit into the envelopes and attach the postage stamps. If you have return address labels with the faith home address, children can also put those onto the envelopes. You will need to do the addressing.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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