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.
Caring for our earth often involves adding things, like plants that provide food for birds and butterflies. It can also require removing things, like the invasive species of honeysuckle on our church property. Come help make our church gardens a great place for all creatures! Dress for the weather and to get very very dirty!
The junior and senior youth are presenting “Us and Them,” a play about what happens when two very different groups claim the same piece of land. This play is suitable for all ages! Nursery care is available for those three and under. Preschoolers are invited to meet in the preschool room then join the congregation for the worship service.
This Sunday we will be continuing our social justice awareness Sundays with a citizen science project. Citizen science happens when ordinary people study the world around them and send in the data they collect to scientists. Rachel Bosch will discuss the importance of access to safe, clean drinking water for all people, and then everyone will help evaluate the water quality in the kitchen and in the creek. Note to families: your child will get wet and muddy! Please dress them accordingly.
People of all ages will gather together the day before April Fool’s Day to share the gift of laughter! Our youth choir will sing, some of our teens will tell jokes, our hymn lyrics will be tweaked and together we’ll find the sweet release in NOT taking ourselves too seriously. Nursery care is available for children under 3.
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.