A Faith fair is a lot like a science fair: its
an attempt to share what youve learned and are learning on
pertinent topics. In this case, Id like you to focus on your
contextual education site, or some other specific congregation.
Choose some part of your sites educational program (remembering
Harris comment that a church doesnt have
an educational program it is an educational program),
and use it as the centerpiece of your exhibit. You should find a
way to highlight what is excellent about this opportunity for teaching/
learning, and also point out at least one growing edge. Keep in
mind that when youve finished this assignment, it could be
a nice gift to give back to your site. In any case, assume that
it will have a public venue of some sort.
An example: perhaps youve chosen your churchs small
group ministry. Your exhibit might describe that ministry, highlight
some particularly good aspects of it (using Vellas or Boys
principles as criteria for this excellence is especially welcomed),
and include photos of people involved with it, contact information,
etc. etc. You might point to a growing edge such as the need to
help the ministry move from community-building to mission and outreach.
Another example: perhaps your church is particularly good at supporting
parents in their efforts to nurture their childs faith at
home. Your exhibit might explain how your community goes about doing
this, and provide rich examples and interactive exercises showcasing
this kind of family ministry. The growing edge might be a pragmatic
suggestion aimed at helping this family ministry support media literacy.
Your exhibit should utilize a three-fold cardboard base (available
via many office supply and arts/crafts stores), and include some
form of interactivity. There are many sites on the Net that help
kids work on science fair exhibits. You might visit them for ideas
on your Faith Fair exhibit (eg. http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral/scifairstudio/handbook/display.html,
and so on).
Your exhibit should include a short paper (3-5 pages) that presents
your case for the excellence of the learning/teaching program or
event that you are sharing. This paper should make reference to
materials weve covered during the course.