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Session 1: Signs, Symbols, and Rituals

Session 1: Signs, Symbols, and Rituals
Session 1: Signs, Symbols, and Rituals

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  • Activity Minutes Opening 15 Activity 1: Rituals In Our Lives 10 Activity 2: Story — Abby's Birthday 10 Activity 3: Symbol Game and Drawing...
  • Ritual is the act of sanctifying action—even ordinary action—so that it has meaning: I can light a candle because I need light or because...
  • Welcome to the first session of Signs of Our Faith! Thank you for taking the time to journey in faith with children. Set aside time before...
  • Materials for Activity Name tags and markers, and (optional) decorations for the name tags Chalice, candle and lighter or LED battery-...
  • Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers, and tape Sticky stars in a variety of colors Preparation for Activity Write on newsprint, and...
  • Materials for Activity Copy of the story, " Abby's Birthday " Leader Resource 1, Illustration - Abby's Birthday Party Optional: Fidget...
  • Materials for Activity Leader Resource 3, Symbols Drawing paper and crayons, markers, or color pencils Preparation for Activity Download...
  • Materials for Activity Chalice, candle and lighter or LED battery-operated candle Taking It Home Newsprint, markers, and tape Preparation...
  • What went well in this session? What lessons have we learned, for next time? How did the group interact? Were session themes communicated...
  • Materials for Activity Handout 1, Worship Rituals at My Congregation Preparation for Activity Obtain your congregation's worship calendar...
  • Preparation for Activity Schedule a short tour for a time other than during worship services. If are less familiar with the space than you...
  • Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers, and tape Index cards Preparation for Activity Write on newsprint, and post: A ritual is an...
  • Ritual is the act of sanctifying action—even ordinary action—so that it has meaning: I can light a candle because I need light or because...
  • Kamal was excited. His best friend Abby's birthday was today. In the kitchen, Kamal found his mother, Sherry, drinking her morning cup of...
  • Draw or write. What rituals do you notice during these parts of the worship service? GREETING: BEFORE WORSHIP STARTS: OPENING THE WORSHIP...
  • Printing This Handout Download a high-resolution copy of this Handout (PDF) for printing.
  • The idea for a basket of "fidget objects" to provide children during session activities comes from Sally Patton, author, workshop leader,...
  • Symbol 1: Flag and Dove Symbol 2: Fair Trade and Recycle Symbol 3: Library and Peace Symbol 4: School Crossing Printing This Handout...
  • Rituals and Patterns in Children's Lives , edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson (Madison, WI: Popular Press 3, 2005), is a book of essays on the...

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