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In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants will learn about making rules together, and learn the meaning of a covenant as promises we make together, as they develop a group covenant that will be attached to the Toolbox of Our Faith poster. The combined poster serves at least three purposes. It provides a visual representation of the metaphorical tools of our faith explored in each session. It keeps the group covenant before the group each time they meet, and it provides continuity throughout the program.
Using the Principles as a guideline, ask participants to brainstorm their own group covenant. Record their ideas on the newsprint you have posted.
For example, for the seventh Principle, which addresses "respect for the interdependent web," encourage participants to think about how they will respect one another and the environment around them, including the meeting room, the congregational facility, and beyond.
Help participants formulate positive statements, such as, "We will respect the furniture and belongings in our room," instead of, "Do not break things."
Participants may wish to agree together on consequences for breaking the covenant or promises that are made to each other. It's okay to allow some humorous suggestions. You might try writing them on a separate piece of newsprint for everyone to giggle about.
When the brainstorming is done, ask for reflections. Is there anything that someone wishes to change or remove or add? Ask for suggestions of how they want to decorate and write the words. Are there some calligraphers and artists who might decorate it? Could each sentence be given to a pair of children to write it out in a creative way on a strip of paper, which you will then glue onto the poster?
Present the Toolbox of Our Faith poster you have prepared, or have participants prepare it now. Be sure to add a picture to represent this session's tools, a toolbox and a ruler, and write the word "Faith" on the poster.
Post the Toolbox of Our Faith poster and the group covenant in a prominent spot.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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