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Welcoming and Entering, Session 11: Love and Gratitude

In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • White drawing paper
  • Color markers or crayons, including plenty of yellow

Preparation for Activity

  • Set paper and markers or crayons on work tables.

Description of Activity

This activity is for congregations where participants do not arrive in a group but individually before the session actually begins, and the expectation is that children will arrive at different times. Welcome participants as they arrive. Invite them to use the drawing paper to create a picture of the sun. If they have more time, they can also draw things that need the sun to live.

A second co-leader should greet any new parents and explain the plans for the day and any arrangements for pick up.

Including All Participants

This is an excellent time for co-leaders to notice the abilities and temperament of each child. Note how they respond to you. Are they shy and reticent? Are they anxious and jumpy? Invite a parent to share any concerns and pertinent information, including information about children's allergies. Do you have a sign-in sheet? As the children settle in, co-leaders should review the names of the children attending and share any issues that may need special attention during the session.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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