Tapestry of Faith: Families: A Jr. High School Youth Program that Explores the Diversity, Commonality, and Meaning of Families


Part of Families

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice and matches
  • Mac Hammond's "Thanksgiving," poem #119 from Poetry 180, or another humorous poem about food

Description of Activity

Chalice Lighting

Gather participants in a circle. Light the chalice, and say the words provided below, youths' words, or others of your choice. As always, invite participants to lead the chalice lighting.

"We gather together,

Nourished by each other,

Nourished by love, good food, and honesty."


Invite participants to reflect on the opening activity. Display the food with captions, if it seems appropriate. Read the humorous poem chosen earlier.