In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
If the children have walked the labyrinth before, let them know that this time will be different because their meditation will be guided. If you are using a floor labyrinth, clearly and simply explain how you want the children to move through the labyrinth to minimize the need to interrupt the meditation once it begins. If each child will use a finger labyrinth, invite the children to sit comfortably where they are not touching someone else, and distribute Handout 1, Finger Labyrinth.
Ask the children to take a few deep breaths together. Then begin reading aloud, or playing the recording of, the meditation.
Once the meditation is finished, allow children still walking the floor labyrinth to complete their journey. Then, invite the children to quietly gather in a circle. Ask if anyone would like to share some of their thoughts about activities they like to participate in at their faith home. They might include the following: learning something new in class, singing or hearing music, playing, seeing friends, lighting the chalice or a candle, making something, or hearing a story. Thank each child for his/her contribution, and summarize each new one on the newsprint.
You may like to ask the children:
Do you think children who belong to other religions and go to other faith homes participate in some of these same activities? Why or why not? Which ones?
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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