Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Copies of Handout 1 for all participants
- Crayons and pencils
- Optional: Scissors (including left-handed scissors) and stapler
Preparation for Activity
- Cut each handout into quarters. Staple the quarters together to form a book, with "My Ministry" on the cover, followed by "I love to ... ," "I'm good at ... ," and "I share my gifts by... ." If you have time, you may choose to have children make their own books.
- Set crayons and pencils at work tables.
Description of Activity
Tell the children that while some people feel called to serve congregations as ministers, every person can have some kind of ministry, a special way they share themselves with the world. Tell them they will each create a "My Ministry" book to help them look inside for gifts of ministry they might have to share.
Distribute blank books (or handouts, scissors, and staplers for children to make their own). Suggest they decorate the front cover last. Lead the group to start on the second page ("I love to ... ") by describing or drawing something they love to do. On the third page ("I'm good at ... "), they may describe or draw something they feel they have a special skill or talent for. On the fourth page ("I can share my gifts by ... "), invite them to describe or draw a way they can imagine sharing with others what they enjoy or are good at. Encourage them to use their imaginations, rather than reporting ways they have already shared their gifts.
Give a five-minute warning to make sure all children have some time to work on the cover of their books.