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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
The story is a child-friendly example of the mystery and wonder of creation and is intended to be magical.
Invite children to gather for the story. Show them the storytelling 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 sit on the table after the children pass them around the circle. Take the story-related items from the basket, one at a time, and pass them around.
Name each object and ask a wondering question about each one, e.g., "I wonder how this works?"
As the items come back to you, display them on the table and say, in your own words:
Today we are exploring the mystery and wonder that is around us each and every day. There are many things we find amazing and wonderful, like stars in the night sky, or a new kitten or a tiny baby, or the sunrise or sunset, rainbows, or lightning, or other things that we just have to stop and look or listen or touch because they're just so... . awesome! Do you like that word? It's a great word to use for the Source we are going to explore today. This is the first Source and it says that Unitarian Universalists believe in the sense of wonder we all share. Awesome wonder!
Before you begin, consider turning the lights down. If someone is unable to close their eyes or sit still, they can hold the props while you read the story.
Remove the rain stick (or other sound instrument) from the story basket. Tell the children that every time you tell a story, you will first use an instrument to help them get their ears, minds, and bodies ready to listen. Invite everyone to sit and close their eyes if they are comfortable. Tell them that closing their eyes will help them focus on just listening.
In a calm voice, say:
As you breathe in, feel your body opening up with air. As you breathe out, feel yourself relaxing.
Repeat this once or twice. Then, say:
When I turn the rain stick over, 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 rain stick. When the sound has gone, begin telling the story. Read or tell the story slowly, like a meditation. Use the rain stick again to indicate that the story is over.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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