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First, have the children wash their hands. Make clear to the children that they are not to go near the coffee maker, or anything plugged into an electric socket, as it is dangerous. Invite the children to arrange the food and do the other tasks agreed on. Make sure each child has a chance to do something.
After coffee hour, gather the children to process the activity. Ask them how they liked helping to set up. Then ask, "Why do you think setting up for coffee hour is an important contribution to the life of the congregation?" Allow some comments. Then say, in your own words:
What would it be like if
after the service and RE program,
all the people and families
What would they miss?
What are some of the benefits of having a coffee hour?
If the children have not voiced it already, discuss the importance of socializing and getting to know other members of the congregation. Coffee hour is the time when visitors can meet members and talk with the minister and religious educator. It is also a time when children and adults can be together.
If the coffee hour location is not fully accessible and any children cannot easily get there, consider asking for coffee hour to be relocated.
A child with limited mobility could be in charge of opening the packages and arranging the food on plates for other children to take to the tables.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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