In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
Children learn a hymn.
Gather children in a circle. Invite them to stand as they are willing and able. Allow room to move to words such as "shake" and "dance." Tell them this song began as an African American spiritual. You may say:
This song talks about spirit and how it moves inside us. Singing it together gives us some fun ways to move together in spirit.
Teach the song. Add verses with new verbs, or invite children to do so.
Then lead children to sing each verse and demonstrate the action words:
You've got to sing when your spirit says sing,
You've got to sing when your spirit says sing.
When your spirit says sing, you've got to sing, sing, sing.
You've got to shout when your spirit says shout... ... When your spirit says shout, you've got to shout right out loud...
You've got to wiggle when your spirit says wiggle... ... When your spirit says wiggle, wiggle like a worm...
You've got to shake when your spirit says shake... ... When your spirit says shake, you've got to shake like a snake...
You've got to dance when your spirit says dance... ... When your spirit says dance, you've got to dance, dance, dance...
You've got to sneeze (laugh, clap, move... ), when your spirit says sneeze (laugh, clap, move... )... ... When your spirit says sneeze (laugh, clap, move... ), you've got to sneeze (laugh, clap, move... ) right along...
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Last updated on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
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