Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: A Place of Wholeness: A Program for Youth Exploring Their Own Unitarian Universalist Faith Journeys

Activity 3: Making a Journal for the Journey

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Leader Resource 5, Journal Making Instructions
  • 12 sheets of white unlined paper for each journal
  • A sheet of heavy cover paper for each journal
  • Bookbinding needles, one for every three or four participants
  • Bookbinding (or paper) awls, one for every three or four participants
  • Wax thread or book binding thread (at least 2.5 feet per participant)

Materials for Shorter Version

  • A spiral bound notebook for each participant and a couple of extras
  • Paper with different colors and patterns
  • Old magazines and newspapers
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers and pens

Preparation for Activity

  • Carefully read Leader Resource 5, Journal Making Instructions. These are simple journals to make but there are several steps. You might want to make two journals beforehand: one complete journal to serve as a model, and the other complete through Step 8 to show participants how to sew the binding.
  • Gather enough materials to have the participants make three of four extra journals in case new participants join the program in the future. Read the suggestions at the end of the instructions on how to add more decorations to the journals. If you want to include any of those embellishments, make sure you get the necessary supplies.
  • Read the rest of the workshops in A Place of Wholeness. Pay particular attention to each workshop's learning objectives and core activities. While participants are working on their journals, you will be describing the rest of the program that will be offered.

Description of Activity

Participants make journals.

Tell participants that they will be doing a journaling reflection at the end of each workshop, and that the journals they are making now will be used for that purpose. Using the instructions and the examples you have made, lead participants through the journal making process.

As they work, you can continue the discussion from the previous activity if the group needs more time. Make sure you leave at least ten minutes to talk about the rest of the program. Provide an overview and share what you are most excited about. Ask participants about their expectations and what they hope to get out of this experience.

Shorter Journal Making Option (10 Minutes):

Give each participant a spiral bound notebook and show them the materials for decorating the covers. Invite them to decorate the journals in a way that says something about their spiritual journey.

You still want to use this time to tell them about the program.