Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Riddle and Mystery: A Program on the Big Questions for Grade 6


Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle
  • Newsprint, markers and tape
  • Bell, tingsha chimes or other sound instrument
  • Handout 1, Today's Big Question
  • "Today's Big Question" sign
  • Kid for the Day bag or box
  • Optional: Nametags and markers
  • Optional: Quiet background music and music player
  • Optional: Group covenant (Session 1) or revised covenant (Session 9)

Preparation for Activity

  • Retrieve materials from Session 1 (or if needed, make new ones):
    • "Today's Big Question" sign
    • Kid for the Day bag or box, filled with participants' names on card stock; extra card stock and pen/pencil for newcomers' names
    • Optional: Nametags and supplies to make new nametags
    • Optional: Group covenant (Session 1 and/or Session 9)
  • Post the "Today's Big Question" sign with a sheet of newsprint beneath it.
  • Write the chalice lighting words on another sheet of newsprint, and post.
  • Print a copy of Handout 1. Fold it to conceal the text.
  • Optional: Set out nametags and supplies for new participants.
  • Optional: Prepare to play soft background music before participants arrive.
  • Optional: Post the group covenant and an agenda for the session.

Description of Activity

Greet youth as they enter. If new youth join this session, add their names on card stock to the Kid for the Day bag or box.

Sound the bell or tingsha chimes to call for silence.

Reach into the Kid for the Day bag or box and select a name without looking. Announce the name and place the card back in the bag or box. If a Kid for the Day seems reluctant, let them pass. Draw another name or have the participant select one. Invite the Kid for the Day to light the chalice while you lead the group in reciting "May this chalice light show the way as we search for answers to our biggest questions and seek to understand life's deepest mysteries."

Invite the group to share a moment of silence. End the silence by sounding the bell or tingshas.

If new participants have joined the group, invite all, in turn, to introduce themselves. You can do more of a check-in, but keep it focused.

You may wish to ask if anyone did any Taking It Home activities from the previous session and would like to briefly share what they did.

Announce that it is time to hear the Big Question of the day. Hand the Kid for the Day a copy of Handout 1. Write the question-What is truth?-on the newsprint under the "Today's Big Question" sign.

Ask the Kid for the Day to extinguish the chalice.

Including All Participants

If the group includes youth who have difficulty reading, routinely allow the Kid for the Day to pass.