Tapestry of Faith: Families: A Jr. High School Youth Program that Explores the Diversity, Commonality, and Meaning of Families

Taking It Home

Part of Families

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss


We checked in about our project. The next session is one that should not be missed because we will be putting together the photo-documentary project. We worked on a new part of the project, called Meet the Creators.


Interview your parents about your given name. Who thought of the name and why? How was your name decided? What does your name mean? Do you share the name with any relatives? What is the history of your name? What is the symbol of your name? Is there an interesting story about your name? What are your parents' feelings about your name? How do they feel about their names?


Some night when you are all sitting around, create a family acrostic with your last name.

S silly, sloppy, sleepy

M mathematical, merry, musical

I insightful, intelligent, irreverent

T thoughtful, timely, tolerant

H happy, hungry, hopeful

You can also help each other create acrostics with your first names. Have the acrostics framed and displayed somewhere in your home.


Who are we as a family? One of the Take It Home activities in Session 9 was to write a family mission statement. If you did that, the next step might be to look at what the statement means in terms of what your family does. Are you a family that supports one another? Maybe it's time to schedule some family meetings. Are you a family that helps others? Maybe it's time to plan and develop a family service project. Are you a family that wants to spend more time together? Have family members get out their calendars and set a date.