Activity time: 7 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Faithful Journeys Path
- Signpost for Session 3 (Leader Resource 3) and pins, glue stick or tape
- Copies of Session 1, Leader Resource 8, UU Principles Song, for all participants
- Optional: Newsprint, markers and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Print out Leader Resource 3. Cut out the signpost.
- Optional: Write the UU Principles Song lyrics on newsprint, and post.
- Customize, print out and photocopy the Taking It Home section for all participants.
Description of Activity
This activity helps children get used to practicing a closing ritual as a way of affirming their belonging in the faith community.
Gather the group in a circle. Thank the children for participating and sharing their stories and ideas in this session. Tell them something you liked about the way they worked together as a community.
Point out the Faithful Journeys Path. Say, in your own words:
Our Faithful Journeys Path shows our journey to live our lives and act in ways that reflect our Unitarian Universalist beliefs and faith. The signposts direct us by reminding us about our Principles.
Today's signpost is "Include Everyone." It is for our first Unitarian Universalist Principle, the inherent worth and dignity of every person. It means we treat all other people as if they are important.
Attach the signpost to the Faithful Journeys Path.
Remind the children that the next time they meet they will have a chance to add Faithful Footprints to the Faithful Journeys Path. Encourage them to do an action during the week that shows inclusion of others. Brainstorm together what sorts of action might reflect inclusion. You might suggest including someone in your game, making a new friend, changing the rules of a game or choosing another activity to allow someone with a disability to participate, or being patient with a friend who has difficulty reading.
Point out the words to the UU Principles Song. Tell the children it is sung to the tune of "Old McDonald Had a Farm." Lead the children in singing the verse about the first Principle. Then, sing the entire song together. Explain that you will learn about all of the Principles during your time together in Faithful Journeys.
Distribute the Taking It Home handout. Thank the children, tell them you look forward to seeing them next time, and dismiss the group.