In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the children in a circle. Explain that they will give one another the
intangible gift of covenant. Ask them how they think they can give and
receive this gift. Invite responses. Then say:
We are going to work together to think of some promises
we can make to one another. These promises will be our group covenant every time
we are together.
We come to Wonderful Welcome to learn about our Unitarian
Universalist faith and how we are part of it. We are also here to have fun. What
do we need in our group, to learn and have fun together?
If the children do not identify the following two conditions that foster
everyone's learning and fun, mention them:
Explain that they will now make their own covenant. You might say:
We have talked about the covenant which Unitarians and
Universalists made when they joined two religions together. And we have talked
about how covenants help us play games together. Now we will make a covenant
with each other. We will make some rules we can all agree with, some promises
about how we will behave when we are together in Wonderful Welcome.
Allow children to contribute their ideas and record all ideas on newsprint.
As the leader, you are also part of the group. You will be adding to the
agreement as well. For example, children may say things like, "No hitting," and
"No punching." You may also add, "Listen to the leaders." Children may ask,
"What happens if someone breaks the covenant?" Ask them what they think should
happen. You might say:
If someone does break our covenant, we will stop what we are
doing and review our covenant. We will talk again about what the covenant is and
why we have it.
If you plan to do Session 3, Forgiveness, tell the children they
will have a chance to talk more about consequences at another meeting.
Ask the children if they think the group should review the covenant each time
they meet. Where should the covenant be posted?
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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