Alternate Activity 1: Leadership in Action: Guest at Your Table
Materials for Activity
- Guest at Your Table boxes and materials
Preparation for Activity
- Talk with your religious educator, minister, and or lay leaders about the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Guest at Your Table program to determine interest in the Signs group introducing it in the congregation.
- Order Guest at Your Table boxes for the congregation and order or download information on Guest at Your Table, including Stories of Hope and RE workshop materials. Explore the material and decide what you will include in this activity.
- If the congregation has a Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) representative, invite them to tell the group about the UUSC.
Description of Activity
Children lead the congregation in participation in Guest at Your Table.
Invite the group to lead the congregation in participation of Guest at Your Table, an annual program of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Explain what the UUSC does and why the congregation participates in Guest at Your Table (GAYT). Share only as much of the GAYT information as needed to help the children understand how it works, why it is important, and how it is a form of public witness.
Present your plan for how the children will work with the congregation. For example, they could introduce the program during a worship service, then distribute GAYT boxes. They can collect the boxes, count the donations, and send thank you cards to contributors.
To ensure a public witness component, you might plan a presentation to the congregation that incorporates a GAYT "story of hope" from the UUSC. You might have the children build a display for the narthex. Do not be afraid to do something different from usual. Follow the interests and ideas of participants and solicit additional help, if needed.