In "Signs of Our Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants make "welcome" flags to display in a congregational entryway.
Create a multigenerational experience by using this activity on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon.
Gather the group and ask:
Invite participants to each decorate a square of cloth with "welcoming" words, to make a collective display to help welcome visitors to the congregation. You might suggest (and write on newsprint) these phrases:
Encourage participants to use symbols of welcome, too. You might prompt, and sketch on newsprint:
As participants finish, have volunteers share their flags with the group.
Hang the flags on string. Decide as a group where to display the string so the most people can see the flags as they enter the building or enter the sanctuary for worship.
Once the flags are displayed ask the group:
Collect suggestions. Invite volunteers to take responsibility for any first steps to advance some of the ideas, listing the steps and the volunteers on newsprint. Ask: How will we keep track, and make sure we do these welcoming actions? Should the list be posted? If the group agrees, lead everyone to show commitment to these promises by signing the list.
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Last updated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
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