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 each session to engage in the Spiritual Preparation activity, either alone or with your co-leader(s). Consider spiritual preparation as a ritual that can help you center yourself and connect with co-leaders of this program. Design the ritual so it will be meaningful for you. You might conduct it in the session meeting space 15 minutes before the children enter, or find another, quiet space conducive to reflection. You can journal on the reflection questions the night before, and share your thoughts with your co-leader before the session.
Before this first session, think about yourself at ages seven through nine. What kinds of rituals did you experience? Did you have rituals at home, school, a congregation, a club? Did you enjoy the rituals? Were the abstract meanings of rituals clear to you? Did you sometimes want to do things differently, or wish you did not need to do them at all? What role does ritual play in your life now?