"Starts" and "Finishes"
for Rainbow Meetings
A compilation from the GuidingUK e-list
We start our Rainbow meetings by holding hands in
a circle, and taking one step forward while shouting at the top
of our voices "hello Rainbows!" We then sit down and chat for five
minutes before starting the activity for the evening.
- We start our Rainbow meetings by standing in a line and skipping
under our rainbow (which I made by painting with fabric paints on
a cot sheet and threading a bamboo cane through the top.) Two leaders
hold each end of the cane. The leading Rainbow takes the line under
the rainbow and round in a curve so she ends up standing next to the
right hand leader and the last girl ends up standing next to the left
hand leader. As they skip they sing: 'we skip under the rainbow, the
rainbow, the rainbow. We skip under the rainbow with all our Rainbow
friends.' When they all finish they are standing in a semicircle (rainbow
arc) and they clap hands and clap the hands of the girls next to them
singing: 'We can keep our promise, our promise, our promise, We can
keep our promise and have a lot of fun'. The tune is (roughly) 'For
he's a jolly good fellow'. This is much easier to do than to describe!
- At the end we sing:
'Goodnight Rainbows, glad we came
Time to go now, just the same
Carry with us all God's love
As the Rainbow shines above.
( I changed the original line here as I don't like the idea of God
up in Heaven watching us-He is surely close to us) Goodnight Rainbows,
glad we came
Time to go now, come again!
Then I say 'Next week!' Everyone replies 'Next week!' I say 'Same
place!' Everyone replies 'Same place!' I say 'Same time!' Everyone
replies 'Same time!' I say 'Don't forget....( to give your parents
a letter, to come to Church parade, to take home your paintings etc,
etc) They repeat 'Don't forget.....'
- We start our Rainbow meetings by getting all the girls to sit in
a circle on the floor, we then pass round Rainbow Rabbit and whoever
is holding her tells their news. After this we play a game and then
get on with the rest of the programme.
- At the start of Rainbows we sing Good Evening Friend Rainbow and
each girl can then shake hands and move around the circle. We used
to go all the way around but we have too many Rainbows now. At the
end we sing Thankyou God for a lovely meeting, keep each Rainbow safe
till we meet again, Amen. The Amen was added about 2 years ago by
a couple of Rainbows and it stuck. We swing arms like in Brownie Bells.