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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
FOR PARROTS FOR PENNIES
PARROTS FOR PENNIES ANNOUNCEMENT WITH CHILDREN DURING WORSHIP
This Faith in Action project began in Session 15, where you will also find Leader Resource, Parrots for Pennies Letter to Parents. You will already have chosen the recipient(s) and set a timetable or other goal(s) for your fundraising in this project. If the group began planning a bake sale or other Parrots for Pennies congregational activities, in this session you will implement these activities.
If this is the last session of Moral Tales and you wish to close out this Faith in Action project, invite the children to add their contributions to the jar and give them an opportunity to talk about ways in which they were (or were not) able to gather pennies or coins. The goals of this activity are to reinforce their understanding of the power of perseverance and to give them an opportunity to share how it felt to work hard to advance goodness and justice (in the form of helping the recipient of the pennies that the children had chosen).
You can also give the children an opportunity to continue the experience of persevering beyond the life of the Moral Tales program. Give each child a small clear plastic jar for pennies and spend time now helping the children decorate these to take home. Encourage them to work on their own and with their families to fill the jar in the best ways they can find. In your Taking It Home message to parents for this session, mention the continuation of this Faith in Action project about perseverance. Offer families the option of donating the money they collect to a cause of their choice or bringing it back to you when religious education programs resume, to add to the larger jar for a common cause.
If this Faith in Action project can continue after this session, use today's time to plan further actions to fill the group's Parrots for Pennies container. If the children chose a bake sale in the last session, plan this with them today. In this session, children can make signs announcing the bake sale. If they have chosen to ask the congregation to donate coins to the jar, plan a small Parrots for Pennies presentation for the children to make during worship, during coffee hour, or at another time.
To help the children ask the congregation for money toward their cause, you may suggest to them that they think like the "Brave Little Parrot." She wanted to help her friends in the forest and she didn't give up. One idea would be for you to stand up during the announcements in congregational worship, holding the microphone, and briefly describe the story and the children's Faith in Action project, Parrots for Pennies. Have the children "fly" from their seats around the congregation, dropping a penny in the jar and taking a turn at the microphone asking for help. If the children like this idea, then practice it first in your meeting space. Setting a place for the jar as you will in the worship space, use a prop for the microphone, and have the children "fly" from various places around the room, each dropping a penny (that you provide) in the jar and saying, "Please help," into the microphone.
If the group chooses this project, be ready to tell the congregation at the end of the activity where they can find the jar after the service and how long you will be collecting pennies.
If you find that you do not have enough children from the group at worship on the day you plan to announce Parrots for Pennies fundraising, you can ask other children in the sanctuary if they would like to join in on the flying and dropping pennies in the jar.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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