In November our children and youth are reflecting on what it means to be a people of attention. This Sunday’s focus is on the skill of spreading kindness. It takes a big heart to be able to pay attention to other people’s needs. Metta or compassion meditation is one way that Buddhists spread kindness. If the weather is nice, we might go outside for a listening walk so please be sure your child has appropriate clothing.
“… we pray because we are here – not to change the world, but to change ourselves. Because it is when we change ourselves…that the world is changed.” – from the book “Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth.” Children will be introduced to the Prayer of St. Francis and how prayer, as a spiritual practice, is as a way to help us pay attention and focus on living a life full of inner beauty and wholeness.
This Sunday’s Halloween-themed worship service is for all ages! Wear your Halloween costume and prepare to participate in our exploration of “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda D. Williams. Child care is available in the nursery for children 3 years old and younger.
Children and youth are introduced to the Transcendentalists from our Unitarian Universalist ancestry and how they embraced the idea of ‘ongoing revelation.’ They’ll also explore the concept of the web of life and how a tug on one strand affects all the others. How can we embrace the fact that our lives and indeed all the earth is in a state of constant change?
All ages are invited to join us for our Ingathering Ceremony, the traditional launch of the new church year. Bring a small container of water from your travels, your backyard, or your kitchen tap to add to our ritual celebrating our community. Childcare is available for children three and under.
Today we begin saying goodbye to summer with a Blessing of the Backpacks and honoring our children transitioning to kindergarten, junior high (middle school) and high school. A new ritual will also be introduced — honoring other transitions, large and small. Please have your bring their backpack or school bag to the service. Music bags, soccer bags, or any other bag that often accompanies your child(ren) or youth are also welcome. This is an all-ages service with nursery care available for children age 3 and under.
This Sunday we will get one step closer to receiving our rainbow bench for Connie’s garden! Children and youth will be sorting the bottle caps that we’ve collected and Ann Roberts will deliver them to Green Timber Plastics, who is creating our bench. This Sunday is also our last day to collect bottle caps so bring them all in!