Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Chalice candle or LED/battery-operated candle
- Lighter and extinguisher, if needed
- Basket of name stones
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Write the chalice-lighting words on newsprint, and post.
- Memorize the chalice-lighting words so you can make eye contact with participants while you say them.
- Spread the labyrinth on the floor with the chalice in the center.
- On top of the labyrinth, place the basket of stones.
Description of Activity
As children enter, invite them to retrieve their name stones from the basket and join you at the labyrinth. The labyrinth should be spread upon the floor with the chalice in the center and matches or a lighter at hand, if needed. Be aware of newcomers or guests in the room. Always have extra stones so you can offer the new people a chance to be part of the ritual.
When all are seated, light the chalice and recite these opening words. Invite everyone to say with you:
We are Unitarian Universalists,
with minds that think,
hearts that love,
and hands that are ready to serve.
Invite children to place their stones on the labyrinth, one at a time. Tell them they may share any joys or concerns they would like to when it is their turn to place their stone. You may say:
Each one of us has a stone. We place it upon the labyrinth today because here we are, at our faith home, returned again. Welcome.
Today, we will talk about the feelings people have for their faith home and why they return again and again. When Unitarian Universalists come to our faith home, we often take time to tell one another about the joys and concerns going on in our lives. Joys are the things that make you feel happy. Concerns are worries. This is your time to share a joy or concern, if you would like to do so.
Close the joys and concerns by affirming that you hope everyone has felt at home in Creating Home each time you have been together. Tell them you hope, even after Creating Home ends, that they will return for new journeys and adventures.
Extinguish the chalice.