What do you do when there are five Sundays in a month? Schedule a Sunday Funday! Children will gather in the Great Hall, or outside if the weather cooperates, to play games together with balloons. No lesson plan for today, just having fun together. (Please let Rev. Leslie know if your children or others in your family have a latex allergy.)
Gratitude is a spiritual practice which reaps love, joy, compassion and hope as its fruits. Teaching children to practice gratitude for the people, circumstances, and activities of their lives helps them to reflect on things they might otherwise take for granted. Today children will talk about what they are grateful for and create a gratitude journal to take home.
Children will learn about the harm that plastic bags can cause for sea creatures and other animals and what we can do to reduce our use of single-use plastic bags. They’ll also play some games with bags transformed into playthings if the weather cooperates! Please be sure that your child has appropriate clothing and footwear to play outside. The junior and senior high youth will continue rehearsing their play. Watch your email for information on additional rehearsal times.
Join us for Chalice Chapel, a special interactive worship service created for children preschool through fifth grade. Children will begin in the worship service (as usual) then meet in the Heritage Room for a Chapel service about cooperation led by Steph Tacy. Chalice Chapel contains many of the elements of adult worship including our Covenant, hymns and readings, with activities added for growing minds and bodies. For more information contact Rev. Leslie Woodward.
Instead of our regular religious education programming, all children and youth will begin in the worship service (as usual) then will meet in the Heritage Room for a special interactive worship service led by Rev. Leslie. We’ll listen to the story “Everybody Needs a Rock” by Byrd Baylor and then each person will have the opportunity to select their own special stone. (If the weather is mild, we’ll go outside; please be sure your child has appropriate clothing.)
Preschool participants continue their use of Spirit Play
The Kindergarten and First Grade class is using the World of Wonder curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Using Our Senses of Wonder.” Socrates, the Greek philosopher, said, “Wisdom begins in wonder.” One of the most important goals of the World of Wonder program is for the children to engage directly with nature. This culminating session provides a shared experience. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session16
The Second and Third Grade class is using the Signs of Our Faith curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Signs of Faithful Leadership.” This session concludes the program by affirming children’s connection to our Unitarian Universalist history and future. They are invited to see themselves as carriers of a UU legacy: of faith in the power of humans to make the world a better place, of hope, and of support for one another on our faith journeys. The story of Antoinette Brown and Olympia Brown reinforces a sense of UU history and encourages children to help one another find the courage to follow one’s calling. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session16
The Fourth and Fifth Grade class is using the Windows and Mirrors curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Choose to be UU.” Ours is often referred to as a chosen faith. Choosing is terribly difficult, but it is an important human freedom. Unitarian Universalists lift up our responsibility to choose as a defining aspect of our faith identity. Yet our faith is about much more than choice; it has deep roots and religious mandates. Unitarian Universalism asks us to think about and evaluate our spiritual relationship with the Divine, calls us to be mindful of our role in the world around us and compels us to help the causes of peace and justice. Yes, our faith demands, too, that we choose it consciously, perhaps more than once in the course of our lives. ~ The session presents a story of Dorothea Dix. A 19th-century woman who chose to become a Unitarian as an adult, she transformed the treatment of mentally ill people in the United States. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows/session16
The Junior and Senior High Youth groups are working together on some special projects, including rehearsing for a play and planning volunteer work outside the church. We will see the results of those efforts later this year.
More information on the overall program can be found at Religious Education Program for Fall/Winter 2018-19.
Children and youth will stay in the sanctuary today for this intergenerational service celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and the return of Rev. Leslie Woodward from her sabbatical. Childcare is available in our nursery for infants and children age three and under.
(Update: Church was cancelled for this Sunday due to snow.)