On this Labor Day weekend we continue our traditional “photo scavenger hunt.” Teams of children solve clues and photograph the solutions. Many of the clues include special poses or activities providing great opportunities for children and youth of all ages to have some goofy fun together! (We could use some additional adult supervision. Contact Rev. Leslie to volunteer!)
Today’s worship service for all ages includes our traditional Water Ceremony as well as a special surprise — an outdoor inflatable water slide! Bring water that you collected from that special summer place to pour into our common vessel and a swimsuit and towel for fun times after the service!
Our Fall/Winter 2017 classes begin today, with excitement and fun. Click through on the links to see what is happening in your child or youth’s class.
Preschool: It’s Not Nice to Make Fun of Others — Today our preschoolers will gather to learn about our First Principle.
Kindergarten/1st grade — The “Wonderful Welcome” theme for the day is The Gift of Love. Children will discover their class’s Wonder Box and play with shadows while talking about intangible gifts.
2nd/3rd Grade — Children will begin embarking on the path of “Faithful Journeys”, learning about the adult version of our Unitarian Universalist Principles and creating paint footprints. The Journey Begins!
4th/5th Grade — In this first class, children will talk about what might belong in a faith “toolbox” and be introduced to their first metaphoric tool — a ruler. They’ll create a covenant and discuss the difference between rules & promises and what that means for our Unitarian Universalist Faith.
Junior Youth — Youth will be doing team building exercises then have an introduction to the Neighboring Faiths concepts and structure.
Please join us for our special worship-for-all-ages service celebrating the new school year for traditional and home schooled children. Special recognition will be given to those entering kindergarten, middle school and high school or the homeschool equivalent. Contact Rev. Leslie for more information.
During this special summer program children and youth explored the values of courage, curiosity, and compassion through hands-on activities that include outdoor adventures, art, games, and more. Each participant has had the opportunity to earn badges on their journey to become the very best Pokémon trainer — the best there ever was!
Familiarity with the Pokémon universe (television series, board games or Pokemon Go) is not required to enjoy this special program. Adults and older teens are encouraged to become involved as Pokémon Professors or Gym Trainers. Contact Rev. Leslie or Jaime Castle for details.
Gotta catch ‘em all!
Pokemon Summer is finally here! During this special summer program children and youth will explore the values of courage, curiosity, and compassion through hands-on activities that include outdoor adventures, art, games, and more. Each participant will have the opportunity to earn badges on their journey to become the very best Pokémon trainer — the best there ever was! Note: Although the worship service begins at 9:30 am this Sunday, RE will begin at 10:30 as usual.
Familiarity with the Pokémon universe (television series, board games or Pokemon Go) is not required to enjoy this special program. Adults and older teens are encouraged to become involved as Pokémon Professors or Gym Trainers. Contact Rev. Leslie for details.
Gotta catch ‘em all!
Each of our classes today will be meeting for the last time with their current set of lesson plans. Adults will help them review the term and process the ending, concentrating on what they have learned and the friends they have made along the way.
Preschool: Chalice Children Session 29: Closing Sunday
Our theme today is “Saying goodbye to friends.” We will say goodbye to one another by celebrating this group of friends and the whole Chalice Children program.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Creating Home Session 16: Memories of Home
In our final session of our Creating Home curriculum we’ll explore memories of home and include the opportunity for children to make foil handprints and cinnamon dough ornaments.
2nd/3rd grade: Moral Tales Session 16: Working Together
As our time together in the Moral Tales curriculum closes, we’ll focus on the them of cooperation. We’ll do some special closing activities to remember all that we have learned and to honor the contributions of every individual in the group.
4th/5th grade: Sing to the Power Session 16: The Power to Make Change We’ll celebrate the completion of the program with rituals honoring the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.
Preschool: Chalice Children Session 37: Mothers and Fathers We’ll celebrate Mothers and Fathers today, as well as all those who care for the children, with flowers. We are sensitive to the fact that not all children live with their parent(s) and there are many different types of families, all based on love. We recognize that some families have a single parent, a step-parent, same-sex parents, and more—just to name a few of the beautiful diversities called family. Our message to the children on this day will be that there are lots of different kinds of families and they are based on love.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Creating Home Session 15: Mohammad This week we’ll focus on the story Mohammed and the creation of Islam, and the connection between the way Mohammed’s view of religion changed and the way people, in their religious lives and in other ways, may have a shift of vision that causes them to see things in a new way.
2nd/3rd grade: Moral Tales Session 15 Courage and Perseverance Children will hear a story about a brave little parrot that persevered in the face of impossibility to save some animals from a forest fire. They’ll also hear some real life stories about men and women who persevered, often alone, to pursue a solution that they were passionate about.
4th/5th grade: Sing to the Power Session 15: The Power of Gathering Our topic today is timely, focusing on water use and water problems in California. We’ll also learn about our local water supply, brainstorm how to conserve and protect water, and create poster to share with others.
Our gifts of imagination, courage, and persistence can be strengthened and encourage us to act as change agents in the world. Click through on the links below for information about your child’s class.
Preschool: Chalice Children Session 22: Imagination “Art is a way of life, a release for spiritual forces which are strong in children and as essential to growth as body-building exercise and mental stimulus” Arthur Lismer As Unitarian Universalists we value creativity and creative problem solving. This session is a time to reinforce the creative expression of each child’s uniqueness and inner world.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Creating Home Session 14: Comings and Goings Our class will use a version of the Prodigal Son from Christian scripture as a way of focusing on the ways we move away from and back into our homes. The story helps us illustrate that the love of family is constant whether you are at home or away.
2nd/3rd grade: Moral Tales Session 14 Courage Children will focus on the virtue of courage and how it is connected to love, caring and conscience. We’ll share our own stories of courage and participate in an assertiveness training exercise.
4th/5th grade: Sing to the Power Session 14: The Power of Persistence The class will learn about Phebe Hanaford, a Universalist minister born in 1829 who work for women’s suffrage for more than 60 years. They’ll carve soap as an experience of slow, careful persistence, and act out the story of the Old Alchemist, in which a man finds a surprising way of turning dirt into gold.
Preschool: Chalice Children Session 21: Dreams Children are invited to wonder about dreams today. A child’s realization that the world of reality sensed during waking moments is different than the reality sensed in sleep often creates wonderful questions for young children.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Creating Home Session 13: Our Worship Home Today we’ll talk about our worship home — Heritage UU Church. It is an important distinction for our children to understand that worship is our corporate responsibility to our faith. As part of this exploration, we’ll practice a child dedication service, draw pictures, and make paper dolls.
2nd/3rd grade: Moral Tales Session 13 Justice for All Our children will discuss the importance of justice and fairness, including the necessity for taking action in the face of injustice. We’ll talk about and practice being allies for justice through acting out unfair situations and their remedies in a game.
4th/5th grade: Sing to the Power Session 13: The Power of Water We’ll begin talking about the power of water by learning how the Colorado River carved out the Grand Canyon. We’ll play games that involve the water power characteristics of flexibility and creativity.