Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Signs of Our Faith: A Program about Being UU Every Day for Grades 2-3

Alternate Activity 1: Leadership in Action - Providing an Opportunity to Be in Community

Materials for Activity

  • Paper or card stock for invitations, and writing implements, and/or access to Internet and congregational email addresses

Description of Activity

Children host a community opportunity.

Leadership in Action (LIA) activities provide opportunities for children to take the lead in an activity that engages with the congregation. Through these activities, young people begin to see themselves as leaders of their faith.

Does your congregation need more opportunities for children to be in friendship and community? Challenge the group to create one. It can be an ice cream social, pizza party or just a play date in a nearby park. Guide the children to choose an activity, a venue, and the age group(s) they wish to engage-for example, families with children, elders, older youth, or the entire congregation. Work with congregational leaders to choose a date. Engage the children's parents and caregivers to provide food and/or financial support.

Once a plan is made, have the children write and send out paper invitations and/or an E-vite. Assign other host duties. Hold the event and have fun.

After the event, ask the group what they enjoyed most. Ask: How is spending time with other UUs helpful in building each of our faith? How did you feel when you saw everyone enjoying the activity that had been your idea and your responsibility? What does it feel like to be a leader in our faith community who helps bring people together?

Including All Participants

Plan an event that is accessible to everyone. If the event will be off-site, determine accessibility before making a commitment on behalf of the congregation.