Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Creating Home: A Program on Developing a Sense of Home Grounded in Faith for Grades K-1

Session 6: Hearth and Home: Closing

Part of Creating Home

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice candle or LED/battery-operated candle
  • Lighter and extinguisher, if needed
  • Labyrinth, with participants' name stones placed on it
  • Basket for name stones
  • Optional: Index cards or post-its, bold markers, and tape
  • Optional: One copy of Singing the Journey, supplement to the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook Singing the Living Tradition

Preparation for Activity

  • Review Hymn 1008 in Singing the Journey, "When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place." Decide whether you prefer to have the children sing or recite the chorus words to close this session. If you will need the words and/or music to lead the group, place a copy of Singing the Journey near your chalice.
  • Customize, print out, and photocopy the Taking It Home section for all participants.
  • If you have a Word Wall, write the words "gathering" and "hearth" with bold marker on index cards or post-its.

Description of Activity

Gather the group in a circle around the labyrinth. Relight the chalice.

Tell the group that it is now time to share a closing ritual.

Invite the children to take their stones from the labyrinth and return them to the basket. Then, ask a few volunteers to help you fold or roll the labyrinth and put it away.

If you have a Word Wall, say:

The words for our World Wall today are "gathering" and "hearth."

Show the group the index cards or post-its on which you have written "gathering" and "hearth." Post them on the Word Wall, or ask a volunteer to do it.

Next, invite everyone to hold hands and sing just the chorus to "When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place," Hymn 1008 in Singing the Journey.

If you prefer, invite participants to recite the words to the song:

When our heart is in a holy place,

When our heart is in a holy place.

We are blessed with love and amazing grace.

When our heart is in a holy place.

Say in your own words:

Today we have talked about how it feels to gather around a hearth and feel the warmth of family. We heard a story from Native American people that gives one explanation of how humans obtained fire to help keep ourselves warm and cook food together. As you take home your projects from today, let's add the words "hearth" and "gathering" to our Word Wall to remind us of what we learned. May your days and nights be filled with warmth until we gather again to learn more about creating home.

Extinguish the chalice.

Distribute the Taking It Home handout you have prepared. Remind participants to give the handout to their parents.

Thank and dismiss participants.