In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants respond to the session by adding to their Window/Mirror Panel a representation of what prayer means to them or of an aspect of prayer they personally relate to.
Engage children to identify prayer purposes and/or practices which they do now or might in the future find useful, meaningful or satisfying (the Mirror question). Ask them to articulate their understanding, questions and respect for practices others use (the Window question). For some, this may be the beginning of a lifelong introspection about prayer practice. One-on-one conversation with individual participants may be extremely valuable. Acknowledge that finding a suitable practice is a very personal matter and their choices may change over time.
Use these questions to elicit reflection:
Invite each child to represent their relationship with prayer on their Window/Mirror Panel, using any media available. As a starting point, suggest they incorporate the finger labyrinth (Handout 1) in some way.
Welcome visiting parents and other adult volunteers to join the children in responding to the session through artwork. You may wish to engage adults with the same questions you ask the children, yet, remember this is the children's time to respond, inquire and reflect. Adults should mostly listen to the children's observations and briefly add information or correct an understanding as needed. You, too, might briefly describe a prayer practice of your own or some observations or questions about prayer practices used by others.
Give a two-minute warning so everyone has time to complete work on their Window/Mirror Panel, clean up materials and store the Window/Mirror Panels.
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Last updated on Friday, June 22, 2012.
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