In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
In our story today, the king had to give up some of his food in order to make sure everybody in the kingdom was fed. For the next month, some of the adults and children in our congregation are going to give things up, just as the king had to do to make the dog stop barking. People will give up things like chocolate, going to the movies, or eating potato chips. We will save the money that we would have spent on those things and we will give it away.
Briefly tell the children about the organization that has been selected and how it helps make things more equitable and fair. Or, or have them vote democratically to choose an organization and a project.
Spend a few minutes having the children brainstorm things that they can give up. Write their ideas on the newsprint. The Items or activities should be important and special, but not necessary for children's well being, health or survival.
Keep this list to use in a Living Simply Ceremony of Commitment, which you can hold with this group or an intergenerational group at a later date. Encourage them to continue thinking about giving up something so others who have less can improve their lives.
Also encourage children to talk about this Faith in Action project with their parents, who might be able to help them decide on something to give up and calculate the savings that can then be donated. For this activity to work, parents need to be on board. Include them with a letter that explains that the children are learning how a sense of justice can propel acts of kindness, and that this Faith in Action activity offers children a hands-on experience of living with less so that others can have a fair share.
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Last updated on Friday, May 11, 2012.
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