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Closing (5 minutes), Session 6: The Gift Of Friends

In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Wonder Box poster (Instructions are included in Session 1.)
  • Friendship bracelet (or Coyote story characters) from Wonder Box
  • Copies of Taking It Home for all participants
  • Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Display the Wonder Box poster in the meeting space.
  • Write the closing words on newsprint and post.
  • Customize, print out, and photocopy the Taking It Home section for all participants.

Description of Activity

Gather the children in a circle. Show them the Wonder Box poster. Explain that it looks like the Wonder Box to remind us about our intangible gifts. Invite a child to tape the friendship bracelet (or image of a Coyote story character) to the Wonder Box poster. You might say:

Just like Coyote, we learned today that it is very important to value our friends. Friends we already know and new friends, too. Our friends can make our day and our lives full of music. Just like Coyote.

Tell the children you are happy and thankful you could all be together today. You may say:

Giving thanks for being together helps us remember that all kinds of friends are important, and we appreciate every one. Let's say our closing words of gratitude together.

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 — Friendship!

Extinguish the chalice. Distribute the Taking It Home handouts. Thank and dismiss participants.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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