How to Participate in Morris County's Candlelight Vigil from Home

On September 26, Family Promise of Morris County and Neighbors in Need will be hosting a community-wide, “at-home” candlelight vigil to honor those most impacted by the pandemic. We encourage individuals and congregations throughout Morris County to participate from home or together as a congregation.


Should you wish to be in unison with other participants, please begin at 7:30 PM on Sept. 26.


Intention: Morris County’s Candlelight Vigil offers the community a space to mourn any loss experienced over the course of the pandemic. A special remembrance goes out to those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, who were immensely impacted by the public health and worsened housing crisis.


What You’ll Need:

  • Candles

  • Matches or a lighter

  • A quiet, comfortable space

Agenda:


7:30 PMOpening Prayer

  • To set the intention for your vigil, open with a prayer or thoughtful words of your choice. You may also refer to the intention at the top of this page.

7:35 - 8:10 PM Reflection Activity (*For groups, pairs, or individuals.)

For Groups or Pairs:

  • Before you begin, please read aloud the definition for active listening below.

  • Break out into pairs or small groups; set a 3-5-minute timer for each participant’s share.

  • Each participant may take a moment to reflect and answer question #1 (below) before moving to question #2.

For Individuals:

  • Before you begin, please read aloud the definition for mindfulness below.

  • Read the questions below. Feel free to write out responses, draw, answer aloud or silently, contemplating your thoughts pertaining to each question. Take 3-5 minutes for each question, as is comfortable.

8:10 - 8:50 PM Candle Lighting Ceremony

  • Hold your candle or pass out candles to all congregation members.

  • Light the first candle and pass the flame to your neighbor; repeat this down the line.

  • Place all candles together and sit in reflection for 15 minutes.

  • If able, please take a picture and share your individual or whole congregation’s experience on Instagram. Make sure to tag us @NeighborsInNeedMorris and @FamilyPromiseMorris

8:50 - 9:00 PM – Closing Prayer/Intentions

  • Offer a closing prayer and thank everyone for participating.

Reflection Activity Questions:

  1. How has the last year affected you personally? What grief did you encounter? What do you gratitude?

  2. How has the last year affected the greater Morris County community?

*Active Listening: Active listening refers to a pattern of listening that keeps you engaged with your conversation partner in a positive way. It is the process of listening attentively while someone else speaks, paraphrasing and reflecting back what is said, and withholding judgment and advice.


*Mindfulness: The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something; a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

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