In "Faithful Journeys," a Tapestry of Faith program
Children will mark the Faithful Journeys Path with their own footprints, decorate the path with trees, and learn how they will mark their progress along the path in future sessions, with signposts and their own symbolic footprints and wheelchair tracks.
Gather near the Faithful Journeys Path. Say:
Faithful Journeys is a journey we will take together and this is the path we will make as we go. Each time we meet, we will find out how some other Unitarian Universalists have taken action in the world. As we go along, we will learn ways we can put our beliefs into action, too.
Show the group the cut-out footprints and wheelchair tracks. Tell them that, in future sessions, they will have a chance to record their own faithful actions on these to post on the Faithful Journeys Path. Then say:
Today we will work together to decorate our Faithful Journeys Path with trees. We are also going to put our footprints on it to show we are ready to start our journey.
Have participants remove their shoes and sit at work tables. Explain that while they make trees for the Faithful Journeys Path, children will be called up one at a time to step into the paint and then step onto a piece of paper, guided by a leader.
Label each foot-printed paper with the child's name, and set it aside to dry. Before calling up the next child, help children clean and dry their feet, using the water and paper towels, and ask them to return to their work tables to work on the trees for the poster.
Some children may be unable or unwilling to take off shoes and socks and step in paint. Help as needed. You can also trace children's shod feet on paper and help them paint their footprints a color they choose, or invite them to paint footprints cut out from Leader Resource 3.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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