Welcoming and Entering
Materials for Activity
- Journals for new participants
Preparation for Activity
- Have journals for visitors or participants who do not have one. Set out supplies for them to personalize their journals during Welcoming and Entering.
- Write and post the Welcome Words and questions.
Description of Activity
The Welcome Words set the stage for the workshop and spark conversation before the workshop begins. They include a quote and a question.
Our religious education nurtures both roots and wings; the roots of community and shared values, and the wings of the free mind and creative spirit. - Rev. Patricia Hoertdoerfer, "Education for Religion as Relationship"
Questions: What material are your roots made of? What color are your wings?
As participants arrive, invite them to decorate a journal, review and/or add to their journals in response to the Welcome Words. Invite discussion of the Welcome Words. Orient visitors and first-time participants to the program and get a sense of what brought them today.