In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
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
Extinguish the chalice. Distribute Taking It Home handouts. Thank and dismiss
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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