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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
To introduce the food drive and/or volunteer work, say:
In the story you heard, Mullah Nasruddin was not welcome at the table in his dirty clothes. Some people don't have a feast to go to, and some people don't even have a home. Many families don't have enough food to eat.
Tell the class briefly about your planned food drive and/or work at the food pantry. Then continue:
When people go to the food pantry, we don't want them to feel like Nasruddin did. We want everyone to know that they are welcome, no matter what, so we are going to make welcome signs.
Invite them to use the color markers and poster board to decorate one to four large welcome signs which will be posted at the soup kitchen or food pantry. Point out the newsprint where you have written the word "Welcome." You may want to assign small groups of children to work together on a poster. If you help them make "bubble letters," a few children can color them in at a time.
Children in second and third grade are often very compassionate and concerned when they encounter injustice. Participation in a concrete service project provides them with an outlet for their concern and empowers them as agents of justice. Moreover, they will experience what it means to translate into action our Unitarian Universalist principles, which promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person as well as justice, equity and compassion in human relations. By participating in this or similar projects, children will learn that one aspect of a religious life is serving others and being responsive to their human needs.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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