Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Craft materials
- Optional: Leader Resource 4, Third Emblem
Preparation for Activity
- Review or find out from co-leaders the activities and stories this group has experienced in Sessions 9, 10, and 11 so you can prompt children's memories.
- Print copies of Leader Resource 4 and cut out a Third Emblem image for each child, including extra for newcomers. Alternatively, copy for all participants an emblem of your own design that symbolizes "Being a leader in our congregation is a sign of my faith." You might incorporate the name or acronym of your congregation or a picture of the building where you meet. Optional: If you have extra time, provide a line drawing of your congregational building and invite children to color and cut out their individual emblems.
Description of Activity
Children add an emblem to their stole.
This emblem represents "Being a leader in our congregation is a sign of my faith." It is based on the experiences children have had in the third unit of this program (Sessions 9-12).
Remind children that the stole is a symbol that they are growing as leaders in the congregation and in their UU faith. Say, in your own words:
The last few times we have met, we have learned about signs of our faith that we show as leaders here in our congregation.
Prompt the children to recall activities and stories from Session 9 (Community), Session 10 (Welcoming), and Session 11 (Worship). Affirm their recollections. Then, say:
Today, you may add an emblem to your leadership stole. This emblem shows that you show your faith by being a leader in our congregation. The emblem stands for your actions of welcoming others, of taking part in worship together, and being a good steward of our community and the place we share.
Lead children to make emblems (optional) and attach the emblems to their stoles.
If any of the children have recently become regular attendees, help them add their initials to a stole.
Have children help put away the craft materials. Invite them to put on their stoles to wear during the Closing ritual.