In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity provides a treasure hunt for valuable people, rather than valuable items.
If religious education time runs concurrently with a worship service or other, adult programming, lead participants in a "virtual" hunt for the names of people who volunteer, rather than tracking down the people themselves. However—if you have the opportunity to do so without disrupting worship or meetings—you might lead the children to ask actual people the questions and collect names of congregational volunteers that way.
Say, in your own words:
In the story about Grasshopper and the Ants, the insect community needed the efforts of all its members in order for all to eat. Similarly, our congregation needs the efforts of many different people to sustain everything we do with and for one another. Let's see how much we know about who these people are and what they do to help us all.
If you are forming small groups, distribute the questions from Leader Resource 1, the member directories and other information you have gathered, and pens/pencils. Invite the groups to compete to see which can complete the treasure hunt first.
If the group will work together, post the sheets of newsprint with the questions. Lead everyone to pool their knowledge of the congregation to fill in the volunteers' names on each sheet. Let the group drive the process, even if it means you do not share all you know about congregational volunteers.
When the treasure hunt seems complete, ask the children whether it was easy or difficult. How well do the children feel they know the adult members of the congregation? You may also wish to have the children guess how many different volunteer jobs there are in your congregation on any given year. See if they can think of more volunteer jobs that somehow get done but are not on the list of questions you prepared. Discuss:
A child who is new to the congregation should work with others who are more likely to come up with answers to the questions. The child could look for names in a member directory or write down the names as other children identify volunteers.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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