Tapestry of Faith: Toolbox of Faith: A Program That Helps Children Discover the Uses of Faith

Activity 3: Expression Music

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A copy of Hymn 402, "From You I Receive," in the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook, Singing the Living Tradition

Preparation for Activity

  • Decide whether you will teach and lead the song, "From You I Receive," Hymn 402 in Singing the Living Tradition. You may wish to invite a musical volunteer to join the group for this part of the session and lead the song for you. Or, you may like to lead the song as a spoken chant.

Description of Activity

Further explore the concept of covenant, an aspect of Unitarian Universalist faith, through music.

Have the group stand in a circle and introduce the song, "From You I Receive." As you teach the words, teach the movements that accompany them:

From you I receive

Participants reach out toward others, then scoop air toward themselves at chest level - that is, receiving it.

To you I give

Opposite from above. Participants scoop the air at chest level and push it outward to "give" to others.

Together we share

All grasp hands.

By this we live

Participants each make fists of strength and stack both hands together at belly button level.