During the registration process, participants had been divided into four groups. Following worship, the groups each went their separate ways, to each of four different activities.
Part II: Story Time
|Story-telling with illustrations|
|Acting out the story|
Word of God, the group read the passage from the Bible, using volunteer readers. The leaders asked questions about the story and how it applies to our lives. Participants were encouraged to share and to talk about ways they plant God's word in their hearts and can help each other and their communities to be "good soil."
Then, the group was asked to dramatize the story. This was pretty fun - to see the adults interpret the story by being seeds and growing or wilting or being eaten by birds. They were very imaginative!!
After experiencing the story in three ways, the group shared ideas about other ways in which Bible stories can be taught to children. Ideas included using action figures, having the kids draw their own illustrations, and providing coloring pages which illustrate the story. Participants were each given a little stack of coloring pages which illustrate the "Parable of the Sower."
Part III: Arts & Crafts
We thought a great deal about ways in which communities could provide the items needed to make craft projects. Children can use corn husks, cobs, bottle caps, recycled paper scraps, fabric scraps and sticks from frozen treats, along with easily purchased or donated items such as tissue paper and yarn for their artistic creations.
|Participants work on their seed cross designs|
|Finished crosses and tissue paper ready for making papel picado|
After participants finished making their crosses, they were able to fill extra time by making papel picado, (cut paper - like paper snowflakes) from recycled tissue paper. We used the papel picado to decorate the art area as the day went along.