Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Wonderful Welcome: A Program for Children Grades K-1

Activity 3: Words Of Welcome

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers and tape
  • Optional: Posters or print-outs showing words of welcome in multiple languages
  • Optional: Drawing paper and art materials

Preparation for Activity

  • Be ready to present words of invitation and welcome from languages other than English, especially if your congregation includes families who speak another language at home. Research the correct pronunciations and, as needed, the correct use of the appropriate alphabet (such as Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, or Russian). See Find Out More in this session for more resources.

Description of Activity

Distribute paper and art materials if you want children to copy, write or illustrate words of welcome. Teach the group to say one or more phrases. You might ask them to choose one phrase and illustrate it. You could have the children go around in a circle and use words or gestures to show they are inviting the person next to them to be their friend.