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Loads of Activities for Kids

posted Oct 20, 2013, 2:59 PM by Interfaith WS   [ updated Oct 23, 2013, 12:41 PM ]

Children in kindergarten through the fifth grade in Winston-Salem have a treat – many treats, in fact – in store on Sunday afternoon, November 10 at the Gateway YWCA.  The three-hour period from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. will be filled with interfaith arts and crafts activities, music, stories, performance and food.  And, it is all free, compliments of Interfaith Winston-Salem and organizations across the city and county.


You can register and print your free tickets at  (Tickets aren’t required; they just give planners an idea of how many people to expect.)


Children will take home all of the arts and crafts that they make.  They also will take home a greater understanding of and appreciation for the religious traditions of their neighbors.  Parents might just learn something, too.


These are some of the afternoon’s activities:


Temple Emanuel Religious School will lead the creation of a Hanukkiah or a Hanukkah Menorah.  Utilizing finger paints, children will create Hanukkiot placemats that will include the blessings for lighting the Hanukkah candles.  The activity will also include a special Hanukkah story, introducing children and families to the traditions and meaning of the holiday.  Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BCE.


Youth from the Annoor Islamic Center in Clemmons will draw henna tattoos on the hands of children.  This natural dye (henna), which is not permanent, is used across the Muslim world, especially for Eid (festivals) and weddings.  This practice dates back to the time of the Prophet Mohammed.


Leaders and youth from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Winston-Salem will give children the opportunity to decorate small chalices that they can take home to use with battery-operated votive candles.  The chalice is a goblet or footed cup that is the symbol of Unitarian Universalism.


The Buddhist community will help children create their own prayer flags in the Buddhist tradition. 

A prayer flag is often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayan Mountains.  They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes.  Our prayer flags will be created from blue, white, red, green and yellow rectangles attached to twine.


Youth and leaders from Green Street United Methodist Church and Wake Forest Baptist Church will share the story of the role of drawings of the fish in early Christianity and children will create and decorate their own fish designs.


Volunteers from Triad Cultural Arts will lead an arts activity that explains the meaning of Kwanzaa.
Youth from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will perform a skit on “The Flaming Chalice – A Symbol of Unitarian Universalism.”  The skit will show how and why the flaming chalice became the UU symbol.


Mahmoud Hamdan of the Annoor Islamic Center will demonstrate Arabic calligraphy, showing how to write your name with that script.
A Buddhist storyteller will share a story about the Buddha and the importance of the practice of Loving Kindness in that ancient tradition.


A Christian storyteller will retell the popular story of the Good Samaritan and talk times when we are called to action and times we are called to be still.


A cantor from Temple Emanuel will share music from the Jewish tradition.


Children and youth from Annoor Islamic Center will share the story of the Prophet Mohammed in words and song.


A representative of the Nyanya Project will share stories and crafts of African grandmothers who keep their families together in the face of AIDS devastation. The Nyanya Project helps African grandmothers form working cooperatives that generate the income necessary to provide health care, education and a loving home for their grandchildren.


At an International Food Court, children will be able to sample foods from several countries.


The Gateway YWCA is located at 1300 South Main Street in Winston-Salem, just south of Old Salem.