In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite the children to bring chairs into a circle. Remove one chair so there is one fewer than there are participants. Model the game by standing in the middle of the circle (with one child by your side). Tell the group:
(Name of the child standing by you) and I are going to look for some of our friends and neighbors. I will say which ones we are looking for. If what I say includes you, stand up and change to a different seat. Meanwhile, (name the child by your side) will rush to a seat that becomes free. That will leave a new person in the middle to look for their friends and relations.
Use the list of phrases that begin "I am looking for all of my friends and neighbors who ___" in Leader Resource, All My Friends and Neighbors. The categories mirror the types of prayer the children will learn about in Activity 6: gratitude, being sorry, wishes for self, and loving wishes for the world, others, and other living beings. Use a few "... are grateful for... " phrases first. Then move through the other categories, rather than skipping around. This will prepare the children to identify these four types of prayer.
Before you begin, offer these rules:
I am looking for all of my friends and relations who...
... are grateful for being together in Moral Tales today.
Encourage the child standing with you to find a seat as other children get up. Bring the child who is left without a seat into the middle of the circle. Help him/her think of a phase to add to "I am looking for all my friends and relations who are grateful for... ," using the Leader Resource as needed.
Try to move through all the categories of gratitude, being sorry, wishing for oneself, and loving wishes on behalf of others.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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