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In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
Children will hear and reflect upon a story in which a father and his grown-up sons both died, and two widows — two women of different ages — stayed together to form a family and move to a new town for a better life.
Gather the group in a circle, and tell the story. Allow the children to explore the story in a discussion when are you done. In particular, the family relationships are complex and may need clarification. Some children may not know the terms "mother-in-law" and "daughter-in-law." You may wish to invite a child who has married aunts or uncles to allow you to use his/her family as an example to illustrate the relationship between Ruth and Naomi.
Questions you might ask about the story:
Point out that Ruth made a big change that was probably a bit scary, but she wanted to do it, because she was loyal to Naomi. In the end, Ruth found a good job in Bethlehem . She made a new home with Naomi and they had enough to eat. Help the children review the story by mentioning some of the things that happened after Ruth and Naomi left their old home. In their new town, Ruth met Boaz and got married to him, making their family bigger. Naomi came to live with the married couple. Then, Ruth had a baby. In Bethlehem , the family grew from two people to four people.
Tell the children that while talking about the story, you have used the word "loyal" or "loyalty" several times. Ask them:
You may want to offer the group a definition of loyalty. You can say:
Being loyal means you feel and act devoted to a person, or a group that you care about. You can be loyal to your family by sticking up for your brother, sister, or cousin if they argue with someone at school or at a playground. You can be loyal to your soccer team by cheering for the players during a game.
You may wish to ask the children for examples of loyalty, from the story or from their own experiences.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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