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Worship Sharing with Shiny Stones

When you’re seven years old, following directions is an important part of the school experience. Speaking out of the silence of Meeting for Worship can be confusing from this young perspective. Why don’t I need to raise my hand? How do I know if I should speak? Some Meetings can be pretty quiet. Students at Plymouth Meeting Friends School (Pennsylvania) are practicing the skills of speaking from the heart in a worshipful setting through monthly worship sharing groups using centering objects classes use centering objects from nature.

Each grade takes a turn generating queries as the focus for worship sharing. Classes often combine, with older students joining their “meeting buddies.” This year, many classes use centering objects from nature. The Primary classes (1st and 2nd grades) choose a shiny stone from a basket at the start of worship. As they center on the queries, students share their thoughts as they feel led, then put their stone back in the basket.

The Primary classes (1st and 2nd grades) choose a shiny stone from a basket at the start of worship. As they center on the queries, students share their thoughts as they feel led, then put their stone back in the basket. “Using centering objects made a huge difference in how students have responded to the queries: you hold the stone, and when you have something of a deep nature to say, you have one chance, either to say it aloud or to hold your thought as you return your stone to the basket. It made their space to speak important, and they are more reflective,” says Primary teacher Debbie Bakan.

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