Activity time: 7 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Faithful Journeys Path
- Signpost for Session 6 (Leader Resource 4), and pins, glue stick or tape
- Copies of Session 1, Leader Resource 8, UU Principles Song, for all participants
- Optional: Newsprint, markers and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Print out Leader Resource 4 and cut out the signpost.
- Optional: Write the UU Principles Song lyrics on newsprint, and post.
- Customize, print out and photocopy the Taking It Home section for all participants.
Description of Activity
This activity helps children get used to practicing a closing ritual as a way of affirming their belonging in the faith community.
Gather the group in a circle. Thank the children for participating and sharing their stories and ideas in this session. Tell them something you liked about the way they worked together as a community.
Point out the Faithful Journeys Path. Say:
Our Faithful Journeys Path shows our journey to live our lives and act in ways that reflect our Unitarian Universalist beliefs and faith. The signposts direct us by reminding us about our Principles.
Today's signpost is "Keep Learning." It is for our third Unitarian Universalist Principle, acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. It means we welcome people the way they are, and we encourage each other to keep learning and growing, especially in ways that exercise our faith and spirit.
Attach the signpost to the Faithful Journeys Path.
Invite the children to reflect on their experiences of different kinds of spiritual growth and learning. Some questions you might ask include:
- Did some of the activities feel easy or natural for you?
- Did some feel hard or unnatural?
- Did you enjoy doing something that felt different or weird, or was it just uncomfortable?
- Was there an activity that felt particularly spiritual to you?
Remind the children that next time they meet they will have a chance to add Faithful Footprints to the Faithful Journeys Path. Encourage them to do an action that encourages someone else to learn and grow in body, mind, or spirit. Brainstorm actions that might reflect acceptance and encouragement to growth. You might suggest: teaching a yoga pose to a friend; trying a new sport, game, or craft together; making up a dance or a rhythm to go with a song you already know; or sitting quietly and drawing to instrumental music with someone else. Remind children that when you show others that you accept them as they are and respect what they already know, it may be easier to help them learn something new.
Point out the words to the UU Principles Song. Tell the children it is sung to the tune of "Old McDonald Had a Farm." Lead the children in singing the verse about the third Principle. Then, sing the entire song together. Explain that you will learn about all the Principles during your time together in Faithful Journeys.
Distribute the Taking It Home handout. Thank the children, tell them you look forward to seeing them next time, and dismiss the group.