A Welcome Table
Where does it hurt?
How can God heal the hurt?
Promoting AcceptanceAs a group, plan an effective message to promote acceptance of others. You may want to design a banner, a T-shirt, or an email message. Organize a plan on where, when, and how to communicate the message. After the project has been completed, evaluate its effectiveness.
Colorful NecklacesTalk with the children about similarities and differences of people. People look different, they are of different nationalities, they speak different languages, they eat different foods, and so on. Explain that God created all people, with similarities and differences, and we are all his children.
Make a colorful necklace. Provide children with a long piece of thin ribbon and various colored pony beads. Have them string beads of each of the colors on the ribbon, then tie the ends together to form a necklace. Explain that the pony beads on the necklace are all the same shape, yet the beads are all different colors. They come together to make a beautiful necklace. If some of the colors had been left out, the necklace would have looked differently and would not have been as beautiful. Stress with the children that we all have similarities and differences, but we are all God's children.
Take a Closer LookPrepare a magnifying glass by reproducing the pattern on tag board. Cut out the center and replace with clear cellophane. Make another magnifying glass with colored cellophane.
Invite one child to come forward. Have the children look through the clear magnifying glass at this child and describe what makes him special. Then have the children look at this same child through the magnifying glass with the colored cellophane. Ask them again what makes this child special. Explain that even though he or she appears to be a different color, this does not change what makes this child special.