In "Families," a Tapestry of Faith program
Welcome participants at the door. Tell participants they will first engage in informal activities and then after ten minutes or so, they will gather together as a group. Invite and encourage them to go to all the activity areas. If crowding occurs, direct individuals to less crowded activities. Have youth continue to engage in the activities as their peers arrive. Youth who arrive late and miss these activities can still participate fully in the session.
Invite participants to take instant photos of each other and then affix the photographs to a poster. (When it's complete, make sure the poster includes photographs of all participants.) If participants use a digital camera, invite them to sketch a representation of themselves to use as a placeholder until the photographs are printed. Have participants replace their sketches with photographs when they become available. Participants will use these sketches/photos for activities. Ask a co-leader to supervise this activity.
To set a relaxed tone for the session, offer a snack as an opening activity. Doing so supports the early activities of learning about the project and creating a group covenant. Consider routinely providing a snack during the Welcome process.
Name Tag Making (optional)
Invite participants to make reusable name tags. This is an excellent activity when participants are not acquainted with each other or when you have visitors.
Books about Families (optional)
Arrange books about diverse families, suggested in Leader Resource 1, Books about Families, in a comfortable area.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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