In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants begin a mural of a River Scene for ongoing work and display throughout Gather the Spirit. Today's goal is to place the river on the wall and engage participants to add drawings of human life and activities that might be found at a river.
Tell the group:
People often live near rivers. Let's imagine our river scene shows a popular river with lots of activity in and around it, some activity from people and some from nature. What could we show in our river scene? Today, let's concentrate on how people use a river; we will add animals and other things as Gather the Spirit goes along.
If feasible, have participants draw directly on the mural. Ask them to leave plenty of space between drawings so more images can be interspersed in later workshops. You can also give participants plain paper to draw on and scissors, tape and glue sticks so they can attach their drawings to the River Scene. If the group is large and the mural small, invite participants to work in pairs to avoid filling the mural too quickly.
Tell participants they have about ten minutes to draw, so images should be simple. With about five minutes left, invite participants to finish their drawings, clean up and re-gather as a group.
Use these questions to engage the group with "big question" ideas about the themes of stewardship, community and water. Tailor the questions to the ages represented in the group:
Invite the group to consider the River Scene they have begun together. Ask what else belongs there. Affirm that participants can add to the River Scene next time they meet.
Provide a variety of work spaces so that people with varied abilities can work easily and comfortably. If standing and attaching their work to the river scene is challenging for some, let them work with partners who can help display their creations.
Not everyone is comfortable making drawings. You can suggest some participants cut out magazine pictures to attach to the mural or enhance the river with blue paper or crepe paper. Avoid extravagant praise as well as critiques of participant contributions—affirm all who help shape the River Scene.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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