Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Faithful Journeys: A Program about Pilgrimages of Faith in Action for Grades 2-3

Activity 5: Song - Sing and Rejoice

Activity time: 8 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A copy of Singing the Living Tradition or Leader Resource 3, Sing and Rejoice
  • Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Learn the song "Sing and Rejoice," Hymn 395 in Singing the Living Tradition. Hear Rev. Lynn Ungar sing the song.
  • Make copies of Leader Resource 3 or write the words to "Sing and Rejoice" on newsprint, and post.
  • Optional: Invite a musical volunteer or accompanist to help you lead the song.

Description of Activity

Gather the group in a circle. Say:

Sophia Fahs believed we all grow spiritually through different experiences that touch our hearts and spirits, and that help us to get quiet inside or help us feel amazed. People learn in different ways and are touched by different things, so we are going to try several different spiritual practices today. Any one of these things might involve doing something that you think you won't like or do not feel you're especially good at. That is OK. To truly accept each other, we accept that we all have different interests and talents. To encourage one another in spiritual growth, we need to help one another to try things that might feel like a stretch.

Tell the group you will start stretching by singing a song they may not already know. Teach the song one phrase at a time. Then sing it all the way through. If more than one adult feels able to carry a part, try it as a round. Each subgroup will need strong leaders; children this age are generally right on the cusp of being able to sing something different from those near them.

Including All Participants

If a co-leader or child knows American Sign Language, engage them to teach the group the hand motions for this song.