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Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice candle or LED/battery-operated candle
  • Lighter and extinguisher, if needed
  • Labyrinth, with participants' name stones placed on it
  • Basket for name stones
  • Optional: Index cards or post-its, bold marker, and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Review Hymn 1008 in Singing the Journey, "When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place ." Decide whether you prefer to have the children sing or recite the chorus words to close this session. If you will need the words and/or music to lead the group, place a copy of Singing the Journey near your chalice.
  • Customize, print out, and photocopy the Taking It Home section for all participants.
  • If you have a Word Wall, write the word "worship" with bold marker on an index card or post-it.

Description of Activity

Gather the group in a circle around the labyrinth. Relight the chalice. Invite the children to take their stones from the labyrinth, place them in the basket, and return to the circle.

If you have a Word Wall, say:

The word for our World Wall today is "worship." One way to think about "worship" is that it can be all the ceremonies, rituals, prayers or other religious practices with which we express our love.

We have learned about how each of us can be an important co-creator of worship time when we are together in Creating Home and when we worship with people of different ages at our faith home. We hope to worship with you again next time.

Show the group the index card or post-it on which you have written "worship." Post it on the Word Wall, or ask a volunteer to do it.

Ask a few volunteers to help you fold or roll the labyrinth and put it away.

Next, invite everyone to hold hands and sing just the chorus to "When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place ," Hymn 1008 in Singing the Journey.

If you prefer, invite the children to recite the words to the song:

When our heart is in a holy place,

When our heart is in a holy place.

We are blessed with love and amazing grace.

When our heart is in a holy place.

Extinguish the chalice.

Distribute the Taking It Home handout you have prepared. Remind the children to give the handout to their parents. Thank and dismiss the group.

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