Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Optional: Scrapbooks, photographs, artifacts from congregational archives, and recent brochures and pictures for a display
- Optional: Tour rope (a rope with a loop for each child to hold on to)
- Optional: Camera or smartphone
Preparation for Activity
- Take a walk around your building (indoors) and find good places to visit, such as the minister's study, RE office, attic, meeting rooms for other grades, worship room, snack shelves, library, teen rooms, kitchen, front office, furnace room, social hall, choir loft, bathrooms, and sound system controls. Ask other leaders or staff members if the group may visit their rooms, offices, or meeting spaces.
- Optional: Create a display of items from around the congregation, suitable for preschool children to view and touch.
- Optional: Make or locate a tour rope to help the children stay together.
- Optional: Recruit a few adult volunteers to help.
Description of Activity
Many preschoolers may be new to the congregation or unfamiliar with many rooms in the building. The first step to feeling welcomed and having a sense of belonging is to learn your way around. Invite the children to find a buddy, hold hands, or use a tour rope, so that no one gets lost.
Take a tour of the congregation. Be mindful of adult worship services and other activities, as appropriate.
When you are done, return to the Chalice Children meeting room and gather in a circle. Talk about what you saw on the tour. Ask:
What did you like best about your church [congregation] home? What did you like least? What will you tell your family about?
Tell the children that the next time you meet, you'll tour the outside of the building.
Including All Participants
If any child has mobility problems, restrict the tour to places that are accessible to all.