In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the children in a circle. Point to the Wonder Box
poster and explain that it looks like the Wonder Box to remind us about our
intangible gifts. Invite a child to tape or glue the picture of a dove with an
olive branch to the poster. You may say:
Now we will see the dove of peace every time we are together
here. The dove reminds us that, just as Great Joy forgave the Prince and brought
peace back to their friendship, we, too, know how to use forgiveness to make
Tell the children you are happy and thankful you all could be together this
morning. You may say:
Giving thanks for being together helps us remember that it is
important to be ready to forgive one another. Let's say our closing words of
Invite the children to hold hands. Show them where you have posted the
closing words. Ask them to say each line with you, and say the lines slowly:
We are thankful.
We are thankful to be here.
We are thankful to be here, together.
We are thankful to be here, together, now.
Then ask one child to very gently squeeze the hand of the person to their
left, and have that person continue to pass the squeeze until the squeeze has
returned to the person who started it. Tell the person who started the squeeze
to signal that it has returned to them by raising their arms, still holding
hands with the people on either side. When this happens, instruct everyone to
raise their clasped hands, together. If you like, suggest a word for them to say
at this moment, like "Good-bye!" or "Shalom!" or the name of this session's
intangible gift — "Forgiveness!".
Extinguish the chalice. Distribute copies of Taking It Home. Thank and
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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