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

Welcoming and Entering

Part of Families

Materials for Activity

  • Instant processing camera (or digital camera)

Preparation for Activity

  • Place instant camera, poster with images of participants, glue, and markers in a work area.

Description of Activity


Welcome participants at the door. Invite them to engage in the opening activities. Collect forms indicating camera availability. Encourage new participants to add a photograph of themselves to the poster. Invite all to look through the magazines for media images of families.

Participant Photographs

Arrange an area for taking photos with an instant camera or digital camera. Ask one adult leader to supervise the area. Invite new participants to let a peer take their photograph. You will use these photos in future sessions. Display the poster with photos from last session.

Including All Participants

Make sure the camera(s) and poster showing participants' photographs is accessible to all.