We expect one thing and in magic, another thing happens. Magic is fun because it confuses our expectations and sometimes confused expectations are delightful. What would it be like to suspend our expectations and find delight everywhere in the world?
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!
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 .