Here are outlines of two different presentations I have created to give you an idea of what your participants will experience. These are only examples. I can create a program to fit YOUR needs.
A young mother’s group:
Topic: Finding time for prayer as a busy wife and mom
Time: Approximately 45 minutes
- I will tell a story of Saint Margaret Ward–including what life was like as a Catholic in Elizabethan England.
- Transition–People must have persevered in faith to keep it alive during that time. We must do the same as busy wives/mothers.
- Ten minute presentation on ways to incorporate prayer into our busy lives as mothers.
- Play song for audience. Participants while listening to it write down three nuggets found in the song.
- Have volunteers share the nuggets they found.
- Explain several puzzles on the various tables.
- Choose one of your nuggets and for the next five minutes make your way to one of the puzzles and try to put in three puzzle pieces while meditation on your nugget. Then grab a goodie from the food table if you like and then return to your seat.
- Closing discussion
Time: approximately 30 minutes
- 5-10 minute storytelling with interaction of children about Blessed Imelda Lambertini
- Discussion on importance of always being honest
- Toss a frisbee and leave it where it lands.
- Have students all toss a “frisbee” and make theirs land on top of mine
- Were you able to?
- Why not?
- How many frisbees did it take to cover mine
- Were we able to completely cover it?
- Was it easy to cover it at least partly?
- Let’s pretend my frisbee was a “lie”
- All the other frisbees you tossed were lies you said to cover up my first lie.
- Did the other lies hide my lie?
- Have discussion about how one lie leads to more and eventually get caught
- Or this Activity idea (could do both activities if more time allotted)
- Ice cream, chocolate syrup, salt.
- Need three bowls: One bowl has dried on salt.
- Scoop ice cream in one bowl. Shake salt over it (something we did wrong) cover it up with chocolate syrup. (lie). Who wants ice cream? Does syrup get rid of salt?
- Sprinkle salt in another bowl. (something did wrong). Is it easy to get salt out? Easy to tell truth
- Salt caked in bowl. Easy to wipe out? No–like multiple sins build up. Put bowl in warm water. Comes clean–like sacrament of confession getting clean.
- Conclude with story of Saint Tarcisius
- Snack for participants –(ice cream if did that activity)
Let’s plan a memorable event!