Children and youth will enjoy nature’s beauty and bounty this week by creating nature mandalas. Some of the peppers in our raised beds are ready for harvest and eating too! Please dress your children to get dirty. Questions or comments? Contact Rev. Leslie at RE1@huuc.net
Did you know that the beautiful monarch butterfly is disappearing because of pesticides, weed killers, and climate change? We can help reverse this trend by becoming Butterfly Heroes, planting milkweed and other butterfly-friendly plants! Join us this Sunday as we explore the butterfly life cycle and start seeds to plant at Heritage to attract butterflies and other pollinators.
This Sunday, our children will learn about child detention centers, where the U.S. government places unaccompanied minors who come into our country without documentation. Heritage Church children will be invited to write letters to Congress, urging elected officials to do all they can to shut down the Homestead Child Detention Center, unite children with their families, and prevent other centers from opening.
After starting out in the sanctuary, children will leave to participate in a children’s chalice lighting and candles of community. Then younger children will hear a story with illustrations about an immigrant girl. Older children will view a video of an interview of a minor who was at Homestead. Children will be invited to write letters to Congress that consist of words, pictures, or both. Letters will be shared on social media with the child’s last name blotted out, or, where requested by parent/guardian, with the full name blotted out. Letters will also be delivered to congress.
This Sunday’s effort is part of the “National Week of Action to End Child Detention” (June 9 – 16). For more information, visit https://migrantjustice.afsc.org/write-congress .
Every Sunday our children and youth attend the beginning of worship, then recess to programming designed to grow their souls and feed their spirits. This summer all of our children are “Growing With Grace,” enjoying outdoor activities centered on observing the natural world, growing flowers and vegetables, and clearing a small portion of our Memorial Garden. Most of our hands-on activities take place outdoors so be sure to dress for the weather. For more information, contact our Assistant Minister for Religious Exploration, the Reverend Leslie Woodward.
This Sunday, our children and youth will learn about listening to their inner voice through the practices involved during a child-friendly Vesper service. They’ll hear a few very short stories or poems written for children about taking time to slow down; that it’s okay to make mistakes and the importance of being thankful for and taking care of our planet Earth and all living things. After each reading, we’ll sing a short, repetitive chant and have fun drumming with a variety of percussion instruments. Then, there will be a short period of quietness for each child to experience silence and stillness (as best as they are able!).
Weather and ground conditions permitting, we will be outside in our church’s outdoor chapel so please have the children dress ready to be sitting outdoors.
If any child has access to a percussion instrument, including homemade items, like drumsticks or smaller drums, they are welcome to bring it with them to church to play during the chants.
Join us for a special Chalice Chapel introducing Beltane which celebrates the height of spring. Children will learn a little about this celebration and decorate their own masks. After church today, everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch and come make merry at the Castle’s home, perfect for the Maypole dance, bonfire and spreading out our picnic blankets! Come adorned in your flower wreaths and joyous spring attire. Contact Rev. Leslie for more information.