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In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
The children experience using expressive media in a meditative atmosphere, as they draw in response to their own inner reflections and decorate a personal mirror to keep.
Gather the group in the Council Circle space. Tell them what to expect. You may say:
I'm going to put on some quiet music and ask you to listen to the still, small voice inside of yourself as the music plays. What images does the music bring to mind? Use the next few minutes or so to draw something that you see in your mind's eye or hear in that still, small voice. Perhaps it will be an abstract expression, or maybe a picture of something. Any questions?
Answer any questions. Then ask the participants to get into a comfortable position for listening and drawing. Distribute blank paper and color markers.
Play the music. After a few minutes, invite the participants to withdraw from their reflective mood by turning down the music briefly and telling them they have 30 seconds more to draw. Use your judgment about how long the participants are engaged in this activity.
When you turn off the music, invite participants to share an image that came to mind, or how the reflective experience made them feel. Allow some discussion.
Direct the children to the worktables where you have set the mirror-decorating materials. Ask them to choose a mirror to decorate and take home as a reminder that reflection is a tool of our Unitarian Universalist faith.
Note: Permanent marker can be rubbed off the mirror's surface with a finger until the marker ink dries, which takes about an hour.
Suggest that the children refer to the drawings they have just made, or even cut out and paste parts of their drawings, to decorate their mirrors.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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