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


A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hold a true friend with both your hands.

— Nigerian proverb

People are social animals, and relating to others affirms both our and others' inherent dignity and self-worth. This session introduces the intangible gift of friendship and gives participants ways to show they appreciate their friends. The children learn that having friends and being a friend are an important part of who we are.


This session will:

  • Introduce friendship as an intangible gift
  • Explore the value of having and appreciating friends
  • Show how being a good friend helps us live our Unitarian Universalist Principles, especially the first Principle (inherent worth and dignity of every person)
  • Engage participants in the spiritual practices of opening and closing rituals.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Identify what they like about their friends
  • Learn some ways to express appreciation of friends
  • Reflect on the value of friends through a story about how the Native American character, Coyote, learns to value his friends
  • Learn and sing a song about friendship.