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In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program
The children examine the confluence of the congregation's life and each of their lives by creating a picture that connects the children in the group with the larger congregation.
Invite children to separate into groups of up to seven. Give each group blank paper and a pencil, and ask each group to think about their personal history in terms of dates—birthdates; moving dates; the year when school began; the year they started playing sports or learning piano or doing another activity; sibling birthdates; dates of important participatory activities, including those in the congregation, if known (guesstimates are accepted). Ask them to jot down the dates and events on the paper.
Allow each group to add their individual dates to the calendar, leaving room for others. Caution that everyone in the room is relatively the same age, so it is likely the dates will be close together and practicing good manners is necessary. Ask one group to work from one side while the other group works from the other.
Help individuals add dates, occasionally asking all to pause while you add an important congregational history event among their personal dates.
Give a two-minute warning. Then guide the group to attach the timeline to the wall, with the invitation to add more information next time you meet (if you may leave the timeline up from week to week).
Ask participants for their observations about the timeline—not how it looks, but what they can learn from it. Ask them:
Ask them to help one another clean up, and thank them for their participation.
For mobility restricted participants, ask someone else to add their history or wait until the timeline is done and the participant can add their information to the timeline after it is posted.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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