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In "A Place of Wholeness," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants bring what they have learned to the rest of their congregation by organizing a spiritual practice fair. This is a great opportunity for participants and church members to be introduced to a variety of spiritual practices.
Invite participants to plan a spiritual practice fair for the congregation. Welcome the director of religious education, minister or other guest you invited to talk about spiritual practices in the congregation.
Ask participants to think back to the spiritual practices they identified in the workshop.
Post the newsprint sheets with the names of the four areas of spirituality. Ask them to think of spiritual practices in each of those areas that they would like to learn about. Remind them that brainstorming is about getting ideas out, so any idea is a good one and they should not discuss or critique ideas at this time. Lead a brainstorm for each of the circles of spirituality.
After they brainstorm practices for each area, give each participant twelve dot stickers. Invite them to vote on which spiritual practices they want to focus on for the spiritual practice fair. Let them know that they can distribute their dots as they would like—clustered in one area, or spread around the different circles. This process should make clear that one or two practices in each circle are their favorites.
The next step is brainstorming people to lead workshops at the fair. The number of workshops will depend on the availability of workshop leaders and the size of your congregation, but aim for two workshops in each of the four areas of spirituality. Focusing on the top two practices in each of the spirituality circles, identify people who could lead workshops on those practices. Remember that workshop leaders also include the youth themselves. The person that you invited to help (DRE or minister) should help generate ideas. The process should generate a list of at least eight people who can lead a workshop on a spiritual practice.
The final step in the planning process is to set a date for the fair and divide into teams to implement the logistics. Consult with church staff about timing. Here is a list of suggested implementation teams:
Once implementation teams have begun their work, it is just a matter of getting all the tasks done. Youth are perfectly able to plan and implement a fair like this, but it is important that facilitators play a supportive role by keeping track of the tasks, the people responsible for getting them done, and the progress being made. This may be the first time some youth have ever done something like this, but another youth may have planned dozens of events like this and will be able to coach others. The goal is to empower the youth to take charge of the fair as much as possible.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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