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In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
This Faith in Action activity engages children in the direct action of planting trees to help protect the environment for future generations.
If trees need to be purchased, you might ask individual families to "sponsor" a tree or ask a local nursery to donate a few trees. If possible, have families pick up the trees to be planted, so children can see the process from start to finish.
Give participants active roles so they will learn the steps involved in tree planting. Talk to participants about the importance of trees. Tell them about the particular kinds of trees you are planting. On the day of the planting, take pictures of the young tree(s) and the children planting them. You might display a photo montage of the project for members of the congregation. After the planting, publicly thank all the people involved in the project. Consider holding a worship service on the environment or trees on the day you will do the planting. If this is not possible, highlight the tree planting during a later worship service or in the congregation's newsletter. If your congregation celebrates a Water Communion at the start of the program year, consider using some of the combined water to water the tree(s) each fall.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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