Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Wonderful Welcome: A Program for Children Grades K-1

Faith In Action: Sharing The Gift Of Spirit With Our Congregation

Materials for Activity

  • A copy of Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook
  • Flashlights or LED/battery operated candles
  • Percussion instruments

Preparation for Activity

  • Arrange with the religious educator, minister, or lay leaders a time when the children can sing in the service. Explain the session concept to the worship planners and tell them that the children want to share the gift of spirit with the congregation by singing, "This Little Light of Mine."
  • Decide which children will hold lights and which will hold instruments. If there are not enough lights and instruments for all children, some can clap during the song.

Description of Activity

To introduce the song in the service, have a worship leader explain that the children are sharing the gift of spirit with the congregation.

The children will move up the aisle singing in a joyful way, "This Little Light of Mine," clapping, playing instruments and shining lights. When they arrive at the front of the sanctuary, they face the congregation and shine all their flashlights on one spot. Or, if they have the small LED candles, the children stand in a circle to combine their light.