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In "Love Surrounds Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Welcome all in love and acceptance, center around the chalice, and begin to form community.
Explain that the children will use ribbon sticks each time they meet. Give each participant a ribbon stick and help them name the colors on the sticks. Tell them they will learn all the UU Principles and that each Principle will have a different color. Have each child say their name and wave their ribbon stick above their head. Teach this opening chant and do it together while waving ribbon sticks.
Group chants "Love surrounds us everyday. The Principles show us the way."
Leader says "______ please, put your ribbons away." (Child named returns their ribbon stick.)
Guide each participant, as they are named, to return their ribbon stick to the container and then return to the circle. This is a way to acknowledge the presence of each child. If the group is large, say only several names, then direct the others to put away their ribbon sticks all together.
When all ribbon sticks are returned and children are in the circle, light the chalice. Lead the group to say together:
Love surrounds the chalice and we are included by the light of the chalice.
Provide wrist ribbons for children who are physically unable to wave a ribbon stick. Help attach wrist ribbons to wrists, legs, or fingers according to the mobility of the child.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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