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In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Read or tell the story to the group. Show the participants the Mish-Mash heart you have pieced together at appropriate parts of the story, perhaps pointing to areas which are jagged or torn at the right times. Read or tell the story to the group. After the story, invite the group to be silent for a moment to think about it.
Begin a discussion by asking the children to recap the story in their own words. What they recall indicates what they found most meaningful or memorable.
Lead a discussion using these questions:
Be aware that talking about sharing parts of our hearts may bring up painful experiences for some children. If any child who usually participates in discussions and activities like this appears withdrawn or uncommunicative, you might want to speak with your minister and/or religious educator after leading this session. Any participant who appears to joke around inappropriately or laugh at the responses of others may also be experiencing something painful but having trouble expressing feelings about it. In this case, it may be helpful to remind all participants that sometimes we laugh in order to cover up uncomfortable feelings, but it is not appropriate to laugh at the comments of others; everyone deserves to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas in our community. Both sorts of instances may be worth a discussion with the religious educator and/or minister.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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