In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the children in a circle. Show them 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 open door symbol to the
poster. You may say, in your own words:
"Now when we look at our Wonder Box poster, we will remember that inviting
someone is a wonderful way to show them welcome. We know the words to say to
invite someone and make them feel welcome. And we know how good it feels when we
open our doors to invite people in."
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 we are
all, always, invited and welcome here. Let's say our closing words of gratitude
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 — Invitation!"
Distribute Taking It Home handouts. Thank and dismiss participants.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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