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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather in a seated circle. Explain that the children will say "thank you" to one another in a special way, to practice expressing gratitude. Give these guidelines:
When the participants understand the guidelines, tell them they will now have a chance to try this kind of "thank you" with one another. Say, in your own words:
You can thank someone for something they did a long time ago, like sharing a toy with you or making you feel welcome when you first came to church. You can also thank someone for something they did today that you appreciate. We won't go in any particular order. If you have something to say, raise your hand and I will call on you for a turn. You can go more than once if you have more than one person you would like to thank.
Begin by offering a thank you to someone in the group (perhaps someone you think might be overlooked by their peers), as a way of modeling the process.
Debrief with these questions:
Make sure every participant is thanked for something. If the group is thanking the same person repeatedly, ask them to think of other people. Periodically during the sharing time, you may need to jump in and express gratitude to a participant who has not yet been thanked.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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