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Closing (5 minutes), Session 8: The Gift Of Families

In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Wonder Box poster
  • A copy of the Chinese characters, "ren" and "ci" (kindness) from Leader Resource 1
  • Tape or glue stick
  • Copies of Taking It Home for all participants
  • Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Display the Wonder Box poster (Instructions in Session 1.)
  • 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 together 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 Chinese character for kindness to the poster. You may say, in your own words:

Kindness is one of the intangible gifts we talked about today. How can we give this to people in our families?

Allow some comments.

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 share intangible gifts like kindness, respect and caring with one another. And, we are grateful that we know how to bring those gifts home to our families, and share these gifts with them. 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 — e.g., "sharing kindness, caring and respect in our families."

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

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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