Tapestry of Faith: Spirit in Practice: An Adult Program for Developing A Regular Practice of the Spirit

Alternate Activity 1: Notes To Myself

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Writing paper (at least one sheet per participant)
  • Envelopes (one per participant)
  • Pens or pencils (one per participant)
  • Optional: Microphone

Preparation for Activity

  • Make arrangements-on your own or with the congregation's office-to have participants' letters mailed out to them six months from the date of this workshop.

Description of Activity

Pass around the paper, envelopes, and pens or pencils. Say something like this:

Each of you should now take a few minutes to write yourself a letter-a letter from the person you are right now to the person that you'll be in six months' time. What experiences from these workshops do you want to remind yourself about? What have you learned that you want to make sure not to forget? What do you think you'll need encouragement with six months from now?

When participants have completed writing-or when ten minutes are up-have them put their letters into the envelopes, seal them, and address them to themselves. Collect the letters.

Including All Participants

Using a microphone helps participants hear your instructions.

Due to learning differences or personal preference, some participants may not enjoy writing. You can encourage these participants to draw pictures representing their experiences of the workshop, what they have learned, and how they want to encourage their future selves.