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Faith In Action: Our Faith Home Timeline — Short-term (15 minutes), Session 15: Mohammed

In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • A roll of plain paper or several pieces of poster board
  • Yardstick
  • Color markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Gather information about your faith home's history and founders, including information you may have collected while leading Session 9 or 10 of Creating Home.
  • Identify a place in or near your Creating Home meeting space to display a long timeline poster.
  • Make a six-foot timeline poster using a length of paper from the paper roll, or by taping several sheets of poster board together. Using the yardstick to make a straight line, draw a horizontal line across the paper. Make vertical marks along the horizontal line to represent years, beginning with the year your congregation was founded or the building you meet in was built. If more than 50 years are involved, consider representing the earlier years in decades instead of single years. Specifically mark recent years and the current year. Leave ample space for noting events over the past few years, as each child's family may have more than one to add.

Description of Activity

Children see their place in their faith home’s history as they help build a timeline that charts the life span of your congregation and the events that mark different families’ involvement.

Show the children the timeline you have begun. Explain that the first date is when your congregation was started (or when your building was built). If any founding members of your congregation are still active, let the children know who they are and put their names by the founding date.

Tell the group the year you started attending or teaching at the congregation. Write your name by that year. Ask the children how long they have been coming, and add their names. Some children might not know. If you know, explain to them that you remember when their family started coming, and add the family’s name(s) to the timeline. Put guesses in pencil.

When families come to pick up their children, ask them to fill in their names by the correct date. They may also like to note the year of a child dedication, a marriage, or another family milestone, if they marked that occasion in your congregation.

Post the timeline where children and adults can reach it to add information. Invite children and guests visiting for the first time to add their names.

FAITH IN ACTION: SPREADING THE WORD – SHORT-TERM (15 MINUTES)

MATERIALS FOR ACTIVITY

 Newsprint on which you recorded children’s comments in Activity 1: Guided Labyrinth Meditation

 Tape

 Optional: Computer and internet access

 Optional: Congregational publication(s) featuring children’s comments

PREPARATION FOR ACTIVITY

  •  Discuss with your director of religious education the idea of using children’s comments in a congregational publication. Determine how you will ask parents’ permission, if you need it.
  •  Identify someone in the congregation responsible for publicity, publications, or the website and offer him/her use of the children’s comments. Plan together how the children’s comments will be used.
  •  Once a plan is in place, invite the publicity, publications, or website contact to visit the group. Set the date and time. If possible, schedule the visit after children’s comments have been printed in a bulletin or posted on the web. Plan to show the children their comments online or in print.
  •  Write a notice to families about the project, providing the date/time of the visit. Distribute by email or as a handout.
  •  Compile children’s comments as a text document and provide the document electronically to your contact. Follow your congregation’s policy about the use of names of minors on the website or in publications. You may like to use only the child’s first name and age, or list the comments as “Quotes from the Kindergarten/First Grade Religious Education Group.” Do not post or publish children’s full names on the web or post or publish children’s photos together with their names.
  •  Post the newsprint with children’s comments from Activity 1: Guided Labyrinth Meditation.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY

If you have done Activity 1: Guided Labyrinth Meditation and recorded children’s comments about what they like about their Unitarian Universalist faith home, you may like to compile the comments for inclusion in a congregational publication or on its website. You will need permission from your director of religious education and possibly permission from parents.

When your visitor arrives, introduce him/her. Explain:

He/she helps let people know about our faith home and the activities we do here. This work is helpful for people who might be looking for a new faith home. When you want to find out about a faith home, a good way is to look on the internet, or to read a bulletin about what’s going on at a congregation.

Direct the children’s attention to the newsprint you have posted. Remind the children what they said after the guided labyrinth meditation, by reading aloud some of the comments.

Engage the children in relating the comments they made after the meditation with good things others might like to know about their Unitarian Universalist faith home. Then, invite your visitor to tell and show what he/she has done with the comments.

For more information contact web@uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.

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