In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
Children will sing "This Little Light of Mine," an African American spiritual sung in many different faith homes. Children may already know the song.
Teach the song using the rote method, as described in Making Music Live.
Give each child a birthday candle. If children will make their own simple candle holders, give each child a square of aluminum foil, and show them how to wrap the foil around the bottom of the candle so they can safely hold the candle when it is lit.
Lead children in singing the song while they hold their unlit candles up into the air. This would be a good song to share in worship with the whole congregation.
If you wish, after the children have sung the song, gather them in a circle and light each of their candles. Ask them to hold up their lit candles and step closer together. Point out the amount of light that is generated by all of their candles, when they gather together. Then, ask them to carefully blow out their candles.
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Last updated on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
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