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In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program
Like Activity 3, Time and Talent Exploration, this activity gives participants a chance to consider the ways they contribute to meeting the needs of others.
Direct pairs of participants to trace one another's bodies with a pencil as their partner lies on a length of paper—without pressing too close to anyone's body. Then ask participants to write or draw on their body outline the ways they use their bodies to help others. Suggest some of their gifts may be associated with particular body parts. For example, near the tracing of their ears someone might write, "I listen with compassion when my friends have problems to talk about."
Give everyone a chance to admire one another's work. Ask if they learned anything new about somebody in the group. If participants have been shy about coming forward with how they help their community, and if you think participants know one another well enough, allow a brief exchange of sincere compliments or appreciation for what they know one another to be good at.
If it is difficult for someone to lie on the floor, they could stand against a wall for someone to trace their shape. If someone needs to remain seated, consider making a rough outline on about the right size paper. Or, if you have a bright light available, tape paper to a wall and use the light to cast each participant's shadow in profile. Have everyone cut out and decorate a silhouette instead of a tracing.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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