All ages will gather this Sunday to celebrate Our Souls Sunday. Everyone is invited to bring a small picture of a departed loved one to place on one of the altars that will be set up around the sanctuary. Our Choir will offer us special music this morning. Childcare is available in the nursery for children under four.
Several of our classes today are working with stories from the Bible to explore issues in our world today. Our youngest children will be outside enjoying nature, so please dress them appropriately for the weather. Follow the links below for more information.
Preschool: The Beauty of Nature
Children will talk about natural beauty, planning bulbs for spring in our HUUC garden.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Decomposition
Decomposition as part of the cycle of life is the theme for today. Children will talk about composting and go for a walk to look for decomposing logs.
2nd/3rd grade: We Share
After hearing two versions of the Biblical story of the loaves and fishes, children will talk about sharing and different UU rituals around communion.
4th/5th grade: Let’s Talk
The Tower of Babel provides food for thought and discussion in today’s class. Children will also talk about ways to welcome those different from ourselves.
Junior youth: The Second U
If you were Noah on the Biblical ark and had to choose ONE animal that you absolutely must save, what animal would it be? This exercise will lead into the discussion of Universalism and the belief that a loving God would not condemn anyone to hell for all eternity.
This week children will talk about metamorphosis,how our community shares its joys and concerns, learn about multigenerational events, and talk about making the punishment fit the crime.
Preschool: Chalice Necklaces
Our preschoolers will continue learning about the chalice, the symbol of our denomination. They’ll hear a story and make chalice necklaces.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Lifecycles
Children will learn about metamorphosis in both butterflies and frogs. We’ll also hear the story “A Caterpillar Grows Up,” make egg carton caterpillars, and role-play the life cycle of a frog.
2nd/3rd grade: Signs of Caring
Today we’ll explore the Unitarian Universalist ritual of sharing joys and concerns, which we called “Candles of Community” here at Heritage. This ritual symbolizes how we take care of each other, in good times and bad. We’ll also talk about other ways we take care of people in our congregation and in the other communities to which we belong.
4th/5th grade: All Ages Offer Gifts
While our society tends to segregate us by age, our congregations can be places where multigenerational living and learning can happen. This session will guide participants to appreciate multigenerational experiences from multiple ages’ perspectives and to plan a congregational activity for all ages.
Junior youth: The First U
We’ll talk about the punishments some early Unitarians faced because they believed in one God instead of the trinity and hear the stories of James Luther Adams and James Reeb. We’ll talk about consequences, bad and good and consider what punishments might be fitting in different scenarios.
“In a house that becomes a home, one hands down and another takes up the heritage of mind and heart, laughter and tears, musings and deeds.” Antoine De St.-Exupery Today all generations are welcomed into our worship service, children and adults together. We’ll talk about the world and commit, together, to creating a just, verdant world for all generations. We will also dedicate children who did not have the opportunity to be dedicated as infants. (Contact me or Rev. Bill for more information.)
Children and youth will explore forgiveness, balance, prayer and meditation today in their religious education classes. Follow the links for more information.
Preschool: Making Chalices
The theme today is “The chalice is our special symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith, which we share with Unitarian Universalists everywhere.” Children will create their own chalice with play dough.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Balance in Our Ecosystem
Children will consider the importance of balance in the web of life. Our central story is a Nigerian folk tale showing the consequences of not living in balance with nature.
2nd/3rd grade: Seeking Knowledge
Prayer and meditation can help us stay connected to that which is greater than ourselves. Our UU faith does not require us to address a prayer or meditation to God yet there is value to looking inside ourselves for answers to the big questions.
4th/5th grade: Building a Community of Forgiveness
Today children will explore the value of forgiveness, both forgiving someone who has hurt us and offering forgiveness to people who break the rules of our community.
Junior youth: Telling Right from Wrong
Do you still follow the rules when no one is looking? What role does our conscience play in our everyday decision making? We’ll also talk about the Golden Rule, an idea that many religions share.
Today several of our classes will talk about affirming the diversity of beliefs in America and in a typical Unitarian Universalist congregation. We’ll affirm that we “need not think alike to love alike.” Click through on the links to find out more.
Preschool: A Tour of the Outside of Church
Children will take a walk outside to see the Heritage building and grounds. Please be sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Thanks Be for Trees
Trees have a vital role in our web of life. We’ll imagine what it might be like to be a tree and to grow from acorns to mighty oak trees.
2nd/3rd grade: Our Faith is a Journey
We’ll talk about how, as UUs, we are in a lifelong process of building our faith. Learning together, asking big questions together, and sharing companionship are ways our life in a UU community supports the faith journeys of every member.
4th/5th grade: We Need Not Think Alike to Love Alike
Children will explore how diversity of faith heritage and religious belief is a desirable and welcome feature of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. The activities will help children practice active affirmation of each individual’s faith heritage and personal religious beliefs.
Junior youth: Being Good; Being Bad
In today’s session youth will make up a group story about an awful day. Then they’ll talk about whether we could have a day with just good acts and no wrongdoing—or the reverse. Youth will hear a story about heaven and hell and express our feelings about these concepts through drawing.
Our younger children will learn about church and partnerships while our older children talk about leadership and faith as one answer to the problems of the world. Click on the links below to learn more.
Preschool: A Tour of the Inside of the Church
The theme today is that Heritage UU Church is a special place and it is our church home. Children will take a tour of the inside of the church.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Nature’s Partnerships
Today children will learn about some interesting partnerships in nature, discussing how very different creatures can be helpful to one another.
2nd/3rd grade: We Lead
As Unitarian Universalists, children can provide leadership to our congregation and other communities to which we belong. Children will take about different ways to provide leadership and the qualities of a good leader.
4th/5th grade: Me in Faith Community; Faith Community in Me
We will begin the long-term project of creating our own Window/Mirror Panels. As usual, we will play a game and this week it’s called “Jelly Beans.”
Junior youth: Curious Faith
The story of “Pandora’s Box” provides the theme for today. We’ll also learn about the seven deadly sins and seven heavenly virtues and create our own list of common middle school sins.
Our new Religious Education classes begin today. Take a moment to stop into your child(ren)’s classroom and thank their teachers for their love, time and commitment! Also remember that Preschool and K/1 children must be picked up form their classrooms. Follow the links below for more information.
Preschool: Welcome to Chalice Children
In today’s session, children will celebrate love as something inside us, as Chalice Children.
Kindergarten/1st grade: The Web of Life
The Grumpy Gecko is the story today, showing that all living beings on the Earth are connected on a great invisible web of life. Children will talk about our seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle and how our group is also an interdependent web.
2nd/3rd grade: Signs, Symbols and Rituals
Children will learn to recognize signs, symbols, and rituals that show how we live our Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about how some rituals, especially religious rituals, are symbols for abstractions – ideas that cannot be touched or seen in their entirety.
4th/5th grade: Looking In/Looking Out
The children will hear the story of Charles Darwin, who followed his own path to become a naturalist. We’ll talk about being true to oneself and explore the unique and changeable nature of how we view the world.
Junior youth: Introducing Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong
In this first session of Amazing Grace, the youth will hear the story of “Adam and Eve” from the Hebrew scripture. They’ll learn a game, Ethics Play, that they will return to as they progress through the curriculum and use role-playing to help decide what is right and wrong.