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.
“We will keep a place for you, wherever you may go…” Join in this special worship service as we celebrate our seniors as they graduate into the next phase of their lives. We’ll also thank our religious education teachers and enjoy music from a special brass ensemble. Childcare is available for preschool and younger children in the nursery.
Our youngest children will celebrate Earth Day (belated) while older children and youth talk about saying grace before meals and making choices keeping our UU values in mind. Click on the links below for more information.
Preschool: Chalice Children Session 36 Earth Day Our preschoolers will celebrate Earth Day with an outdoor treasure hunt looking for nature’s interesting plants, animals, rocks and more. The children will share what they know about taking care of the earth.
Kindergarten/1st grade, Creating Home Session 11: Bless this Meal
In today’s session our children will be making table tents to take home. One side of the table tent features a grace or table blessings. We’ll discuss how grace can be both a blessing and a way to express thanks.
2nd/3rd grade, Moral Tales Session 11: Do No Harm
Children will talk about the importance of making choices that bring peace and do not harm others. We’ll also make “WWUUD” bracelets. These initials stand for the question “What would a Unitarian Universalist do?” as a reminder to make choices that reflect our UU values.
4th/5th grade, Sing to the Power Session 10: The Power of Passion
The children will hear the true story of the Salwen family who, at the urging of their teenage daughter, sold their mansion, bought a smaller house with half the proceeds and donated the other half to an organization the family chose together with great care and deliberation. They will focus on finding and choosing an organization that they feel passionate enough about supporting to ask our congregation to support them through our Sunday offering.