Alternate Activity 6: Creating a Cosmic Story
Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint, markers and tape
- Leader Resource 3, Story Starter Lines
Preparation for Activity
- Print out Leader Resource 3 and cut the starter lines apart. Choose one or more to use.
Description of Activity
Invite your group to create its own quotidian-to-cosmic-effect in round-robin fashion. With everybody sitting in a circle, give the Kid for the Day a line to read aloud to begin a story. Then, invite the youth to the Kid for the Day's left to add a line, continuing around the circle, as many times as needed to build a quotidian event into a cosmic one.
Repeat the process if you have time and youth have enjoyed it. Consider dividing a large group and letting each smaller group create its own story. This will give individuals more chances to participate. You may need to coach the groups as they create, to make sure the quotidian builds toward the cosmic with enough speed so you will have time for other activities.
When the stories are complete, offer in your own words:
Today's Big Question, "Where are we going?" can be answered in many ways, from the quotidian to the cosmic. As our story(ies) shows, sometimes the quotidian turns into the cosmic. We may be sure where we are going right now, but it is tough to know what will come after that. This is why "where are we going?" is such a big and wonderful question.