In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
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.
Newsprint on which you recorded children’s comments in Activity 1: Guided Labyrinth Meditation
Optional: Computer and internet access
Optional: Congregational publication(s) featuring children’s comments
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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