In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants create beautiful works of art out of small bits of glass, reinforcing the idea that something broken can be used to create something beautiful. With the glass they can make images representing things that fill them with awe and wonder, reinforcing our Unitarian Universalist Source, "The sense of wonder we all share."
Hold up a glass chip and say, in your own words:
This is a broken glass chip. We are going to use glass chips like this one to create something beautiful. We are going to make tile mosaics using the glass to make pictures of things that make us feel awe and wonder—things that bring a feeling of "Wow!" into our hearts.
Invite participants to name things that make them feel awe and wonder. Guide the conversation away from the temporal and mundane—such as roller coasters, 3-D movies, and candy—toward the unexplainably marvelous—such as new babies, kittens, rainbows, sunsets, flowers, dinosaurs.
Tell participants to whom they will give their finished mosaics. Talk about the importance of sharing wonder with others and emphasize how generosity makes others feel happy.
Mix the stepping stone mix with water in the bucket according to the instructions. Pour it into the plastic molds and have the children decorate stepping stones with the stained glass chips.
NOTE: The tiles will need to dry and harden over night.
Include the participants in placing the hardened mosaics in the garden or presenting them to their recipients.
Optional: Present the mosaics during a worship service. Tell the story, "The Scratched Diamond" to the congregation and invite participants to show the mosaics they made and share about the "Wow" moments of awe and wonder they represent.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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