Alternate Activity 1: "I Made a Difference" Mural

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Large roll of plain paper
  • Pencils and color markers
  • Masking tape or painter's tape
  • String and scissors

Preparation for Activity

  • Determine a hallway or meeting room in your congregation that gets significant traffic and get permission to place the mural there.
  • Ask your minister, religious educator, or lay leaders to invite congregational members of all ages, including other religious education participants, to look for and add to the mural. You might ask for an announcement to be made during worship service.
  • Tear off a long sheet of paper and secure it with tape to a table or floor work surface.
  • Set out pencils and markers.

Description of Activity

The "I Made a Difference" mural invites children and adults of the wider congregation to share about the ways they act in service, empowering the whole community to think of themselves as agents for positive change and encouraging multigenerational connections.

Explain that you will make a mural to display in the congregation, and the mural will offer a place for everyone to share the ways they act in service. Invite the children to sketch the words "I Made a Difference" in large, penciled letters across the top of the mural, and then, in somewhat smaller letters: "Please tell us how... ". Invite them to color the letters with markers and decorate the mural with pictures of people making a positive difference. Make sure they leave plenty of space for congregants to share their responses.

Display the mural in the place you have chosen. Tape a few pencils and markers to long pieces of string and tape the strings to the wall next to the mural so people can write their responses.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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