Session 15: The Gift Of Ourselves Part of Wonderful Welcome In This Section Introduction From Wonderful Welcome Be here now. — Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) This session introduces the intangible gift of ourselves. The children will learn that the best gift to give... Session-at-a-Glance From Wonderful Welcome Activity Minutes Welcoming and Entering Opening 5 Activity 1: Wonder Box 5 Activity 2: Story — "Maya's Questions" 10 Activity 3: Paying Attention 10... Spiritual Preparation From Wonderful Welcome Like the little girl in the story, "Maya's Questions," both adults and children wonder how to know when they are on the right path. Maya learns to be... Welcoming and Entering From Wonderful Welcome Materials for Activity Penny jar, created in Session 11, The Gift of Stewardship Preparation for Activity Set the penny jar on a table near the entrance... Opening From Wonderful Welcome Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity Chalice and candle or LED/battery-operated candle Lighter and extinguisher, if needed Newsprint, markers... Activity 1: Wonder Box From Wonderful Welcome Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity Wonder Box (See instructions in Session 1.) A toy heart with arms and legs, or a picture of an embodied... Activity 2: Story - Maya's Questions From Wonderful Welcome Activity time: 10 minutes Materials for Activity A copy of the story, Maya's Questions Optional: "Maya's Questions" coloring sheet (PDF), and crayons... Activity 3: Silent Interviews From Wonderful Welcome Activity time: 10 minutes Description of Activity Children play a game to practice being present.... Activity 4: "Be Here Now" Signs From Wonderful Welcome Activity time: 15 minutes Materials for Activity 8 X 11" sheets of card stock or construction paper cut into 5 X 8 pieces Magnet strips Fine markers,... Activity 5: A Wonder Box To Give From Wonderful Welcome Activity time: 10 minutes Materials for Activity Cardboard shoe boxes or other small boxes with a bottom and lid for all participants Plain or construct... Closing From Wonderful Welcome Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity Wonder Box poster Picture of embodied heart Leader Resource 1 Copies of Taking It Home for all participa... Leader Reflection and Planning From Wonderful Welcome Reflect on these questions and discuss them with your co-leaders: How do we feel about today's session? What parts of the session worked well?... Faith In Action: Presenting Our Wonder Boxes From Wonderful Welcome Materials for Activity Wonder Boxes made in Activity 5 Preparation for Activity Arrange for the children to present their Wonder Boxes which contain the... Alternate Activity 1: "Heart Song Chant" From Wonderful Welcome Activity time: 20 minutes Materials for Activity Optional: Newsprint, markers and tape Optional: Percussion instruments Preparation for Activity Optiona... Taking It Home: The Gift Of Ourselves From Wonderful Welcome Be here now. — Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) IN TODAY'S SESSION... The children explored the intangible gift of ourselves. They heard a story, "Maya's... Maya's Questions From Wonderful Welcome Read or tell the story. Once upon a time a girl named Maya was playing in her front yard with her big sister and some of her sister's friends, while her... Leader Resource 1: Heart Person From Wonderful Welcome Use this image as the item in the Wonder Box and the icon you attach to the Wonder Box poster. Printing This Handout Download a high-resolution copy of... Find Out More From Wonderful Welcome The author of Be Here Now (San Cristobal, New Mexico: Lama Foundation 1971), Ram Dass lives on the island of Maui, Hawaii and continues his work as a... PREVIOUS: Find Out More About Session 14 UP: Wonderful Welcome NEXT: Introduction Download all of Wonderful Welcome (Word) (PDF) to edit or print.