Saturday, August 01, 2009

Getting Comfy: Ice Breakers #10 - Journaling Craft

I love to journal - I must! I am a blogger, after all. Since my birthday falls this month, our Ice Breaker is a journaling activity. Enjoy!

One church used this for a 9-day short term missions trip - kind of like a 9-day retreat, but really far away. They made Journals for each team member:

1) Photocopy a sheet of 8.5 by 11 ruled-paper enough times to make a book of lined paper, allowing about two pages per day of the event.
Fold these sheets in half, so that you have a total of eight, 5.5 by 8.5-inch pages.
Put a cover on the journals using cardstock or something more sturdy than paper.

2) Make a list of 30 thoughts, and prompts, such as: Thoughts on servanthood, How I felt about_______ , I wish that I could explain ________, I saw Jesus today in _______ . Also include Scripture.

3) Assign each thought or Scripture to a sticky label. Try 1 inch by 3 inch labels, which give you 30 on each 8.5 X 11"sheet.
Graphics can be incorporated in the stickers if you have the resources.

4) Make a sheet of labels for each journal, and staple the sheet of labels into the center of each Journal.

5) Be sure to utilize all FOUR sides of the card stock covers.
Ideas: Front Cover - Theme of the retreat, date, and location Inside Front - Schedule or central Scripture passage for the event Inside Back Cover - Additional references, bibliography or additional reading suggestions. Back Cover - A simple graphic or image to remember.
Some people may choose to utilize the stickers in their existing journals.

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