In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
As children enter, invite them to retrieve their name stones from the basket and join you at the labyrinth. The labyrinth should be spread upon the floor with the chalice in the center and matches or a lighter at hand. Be aware of newcomers or guests in the room. Always have extra stones so you can offer the new people a chance to be part of the ritual.
When all are seated, light the chalice and recite these opening words. Invite everyone to say with you:
We are Unitarian Universalists,
with minds that think,
hearts that love,
and hands that are ready to serve.
Invite children to place their stones on the labyrinth, one at a time. Tell them they may share any joys or concerns they would like to when it is their turn to place their stone. You may say:
When Unitarian Universalists come together, we often take time to tell one another about the joys and concerns going on in our lives. Joys are the things that make you feel happy. Concerns are worries. This is your time to share a joy or concern, if you would like to do so.
Close the joys and concerns by affirming that it is very good to be together. Extinguish the chalice.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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