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In "Love Surrounds Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Children, their families, and the congregation learn about Special Olympics and plan actions to support the national organization or local games.
Welcome families and guests. Introduce the Love Surrounds Us program. Explain that the goals of Session 3 include an understanding of our first UU Principle, that each person is unique and valuable. Share the story (poem) “Like Me” and invite participants to respond. You might prompt: What is the speaker in the poem saying to us?
Introduce the visitors. Invite each visitor to share their response to the poem. Then, facilitate speakers, any video presentation you have planned, and questions and answers. Make sure you allow time for the children to ask questions.
If there are local games that the congregation could help support, ask for a small group of volunteers to work with the religious educators or appropriate congregational leaders to develop a plan for next steps. Families may also choose to volunteer on their own, or perhaps work together with local groups (or other nearby Unitarian Universalist congregations). Make sure there are opportunities for the children to be actively engaged in the event.
If there are no Special Olympics games in your area, plan a fundraiser such as a “field day” with games that all ages can play, or a bake sale.
Close the gathering by having the children lead the song “Love Surrounds Me.” You may also wish to do the circle game from Session 2, Activity 2 with the song.
Make plans to communicate with families and the wider congregation about next steps and to have participants gather, after the volunteer event, to process and celebrate their experiences. Remember to arrange for volunteers to take plenty of photographs or video!
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Last updated on Friday, September 6, 2013.
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