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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the group and say, in your own words:
Jesus preached that community is important. He did so with his message of love. When he gathered his disciples to help him teach, Jesus was creating community.
Ask the children if they know what a community is. Can they give examples? A community can be a neighborhood, a school, a classroom at school, friends at work (for adults), Girl Scout or Campfire clubs, and sports teams. A community can also be a congregation or a religious education group.
Now ask the children: What is a community? What does it have? Invite them to think about the communities they gave as examples. List attributes that various communities share. Add, if they do not suggest:
Ask participants to think of ways their group is a community. Add any new ideas to the list.
Use the list and the definition of "community" you found to summarize a definition of a community that applies to this group. You may choose talk about what it means to be part of a community: Why does someone choose to be in Scouts? Do they feel their neighborhood is a community? How? Why do we choose certain communities and not others? Can we be in more than one community (e.g., your family, your neighborhood, your school, your congregation)? Does everyone in a community have to think alike? Look alike?
Now ask the group:
For participants who may lose focus during this discussion, provide the fidget basket.
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Last updated on Monday, October 20, 2014.
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