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Activity time: 2 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice, candle and lighter or LED battery-operated candle
  • Centering table
  • A chime or bell
  • Optional: Cloth for centering table
  • Optional: Stoles, including extras for visitors

Preparation for Activity

  • If the group designed an Opening ritual in Session 9, set out materials you need to lead it. If not, prepare to lead the Opening described here: Set a table with a chalice, candle, and lighter or an LED battery-operated candle. Write the opening words on newsprint, and post.
  • Optional: If children will wear stoles during the session, make sure you have extra stoles for new participants and visitors. A child who has begun to attend regularly can add their initials to a stole in the concluding session, Session 16.

Description of Activity

Lead the Opening ritual designed in Session 9. Or, use this Opening ritual:

If the children wear stoles for Opening and Closing, distribute stoles. Invite the children to put on their stoles. Offer any visitors a stole and explain that they may wear it during the Opening time and the Closing time if they wish. Remind the children their stoles are a sign that everyone in the group is a worship leader.

Welcome all participants. Gather everyone in a circle around the chalice table. Ring the centering chime. Ask a volunteer to light the chalice. Lead the group to say these Opening words:

We gather together as Unitarian Universalists and members of the Signs of Our Faith community.

Together we live our values not just in private, but publicly.

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