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Introduction, Session 16: The Gift Of Community

In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

— Margaret Mead, 20th-century anthropologist and author

This session introduces the intangible gift of community. It lifts up the rural, 19th-century American tradition of barn-raising as a demonstration of what a community can achieve together, and the barn dance as an expression of celebration for a shared accomplishment. The activity of building a model for a community playground mimics the communal barn-raising. Consider doing the Faith in Action activity to make the children's playground plan a reality.

As you lead this session, help the children understand how they have given and received the gift of community every day they have been together in Wonderful Welcome.

Large cardboard boxes, empty rolls from gift wrap, empty coffee cans, pipe cleaners, and plastic food storage containers may be useful for children to construct a model of their dream community playground in Activity 4. As you gather items, keep in mind the number of children in the group, the type and size of the meeting space, and the amount of time you will have for building a model playground. If this is not the final session of Wonderful Welcome, you may choose to spend more time on Activity 4, Community Playground, and save the Welcome Celebration (Activity 5) for another meeting.

Plan ahead if you need a volunteer to lead Alternate Activity 2, Square Dance.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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