Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Chalice Children: A Program about Our Unitarian Universalist Community for Preschoolers


Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Taking It Home handout
  • Markers or crayons
  • Preschool chalice
  • Optional: Envelope
  • Optional: Hole punch
  • Optional: Yarn or ribbon

Preparation for Activity

  • Download and adapt Taking It Home and make a copy for each child.
  • Bring the "lit" preschool chalice to the activity table.
  • Optional: Punch a hole in the corner of each envelope and string the yarn or ribbon through the envelope, then tie it in a loop or a bow.

Description of Activity

Keep the children in their circle, and bring over the chalice. Offer these closing words while you extinguish the chalice, and invite the children to repeat them after you:

We gather the warmth of love, [bring hands over "flame" and gather to your heart]

The light of truth, [bring hands over "flame" and gather to your heart again]

And the energy of action [bring hands over "flame" and gather to your heart again]

Into our hearts as we blow out the chalice. [blow out the "flame"]

Back into the world of do and say, [hold world in cupped hands]

Carry it forward into the dawning day. [arms overhead, hands together making the sun]

May we remember: [name of congregation] is a special place-it is our "church [congregational] home."

Distribute Taking It Home handouts. While waiting for family members to pick up their children, children may decorate the handout to take home. Optional: Place the handout in the envelope with the ribbon or yarn bow as a gift to the parent(s) or caregiver(s).

Including All Participants