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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
In our story today, Nasruddin was judged by the other townspeople for his clothing. He was not welcome at the feast when he was wearing dirty clothes. We are going to have a feast where everybody is welcome without prejudgments.
Have the children line up and walk over to the tables, with a co-leader or volunteer at the front of the line. Say, in your own words:
Each person is going to welcome another person to this feast using the welcoming methods we just talked about.
Be the model by welcoming the first person in line to the feast. This person now turns to welcome the next person and then sits down at the table while that person extends a greeting to the next person in line until all have been greeted and are sitting at the table.
Once children are seated, teach the song, "We're Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table," Hymn 407 in Singing the Living Tradition. Sing the song once through together and then enjoy the feast.
You may wish to sing this song again, as the closing song in this session. The lyrics are:
We're gonna sit at the welcome table.
We're gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days, hallelujah!
We're gonna sit at the welcome table,
Gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days.
All kinds of people around that table,
All kinds of people around that table one of these days, hallelujah,
No fancy style at the welcome table ...
This activity builds community in the group while extending the message of the story into a real-life setting as the children practice what it means to be welcoming and to feel welcomed.
Before serving food to children, check with parents about food allergies or other food sensitivities. Find out from your director of religious education if a food policy exists, and follow it carefully. If anyone in the group has a severe allergy, be sure to read all ingredients labels including any notes as to whether an item was prepared in a facility that also processes tree nuts. If volunteers will prepare food in their homes in advance, require them to list all ingredients and provide any product labels that provide food allergy-related information.
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Last updated on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
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