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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather participants in a circle in the storytelling area and show them the story basket. Say something like, "Let's see what's in our story basket this week."
Tell the group the items in the story basket will be placed on this table after the children have passed them around the circle. Take the story-related items from the basket, one at a time, and pass them around. Objects that are fragile, or which should not be passed around for any reason, can be held up for all to see and then placed directly on the table.
Name each object and ask a wondering question about each one. Say, in your own words:
Today we are going to talk about a Unitarian minister from England, Margaret Barr. Her congregation was in India. It wasn't actually a congregation like ours. It was a school and an orphanage. There is still a Margaret Barr Children's Village in India's Khasi Hills today!
Reverend Margaret Barr is one of our faith ancestors. The way she let love guide her is part of our seventh Source.
When you hear the chime (or other sound instrument), listen as carefully as you can. See how long you can hear its sound. When you can no longer hear it, open your eyes and you will know it is time for the story to begin.
Use the chime. When the sound has gone, begin telling the story.
Sound the chime again to indicate that the story is over.
Follow up with these questions:
Make sure everyone has an opportunity to experience the items in the story basket, whether by sight or touch.
You may wish to make fidget objects available to children who find it difficult to sit still while listening to a story or can focus better with sensory stimulation. Remind children where the fidget basket is before you begin the "centering" part of this activity. (For a full description and guidance, see Session 1, Leader Resource 4.)
Consider using rug squares in the storytelling area. Place them in a semi-circle with the rule "one person per square." This can be very helpful for controlling active bodies.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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