Nursery: Birth - four years
Location: Nursery, Church’s Lower Level
Our paid staff provide a loving presence and engage children in games, stories and crafts with seasonal and holiday themes.
3-5 Year Olds —
In this session, the children explore and play with shadows. Sophia L. Fahs identifies play with one's shadow as one of the 12 main types of experiences connected with natural religious development in young children. Playing with our shadow is an experience that awakens wonder and the thrill of discovery. Shadows also bring a bit of mystery into our world. However, darkness and shadows can also be frightening for small children. Sharing our fears with our friends can help us feel less afraid and less alone in the darkness.
1st – 4th — Create Magic, Change the World
Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation. — Starhawk
In this session, children explore the third Unitarian Universalist Principle, acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. Children hear a contemporary story about Aisha, a pagan Unitarian Universalist girl, who celebrates the harvest holiday Lammas at a peace rally. During the celebration, she finds the courage to take the stage and lend her voice to the gathering.
Participants learn a concept of "magic" based on focusing one's energy on purposeful, positive action to change the world in a positive way. We discuss ways our spiritual practices, such as the pagan practice of magic, lead us to involvement and faithful action in the world.
5th – 8th Grades — World Religions: Visit to St. Joseph’s Basilica
The class will be attending 11:30 a.m. Catholic Mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica.
9th – 12th Grades
The senior high youth group meets from 11:30-12:30 after attending the first part of the 11 a.m. service. The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities.
Check out Rev. Geoff’s blog on The Spiritual Journey of a Child through Our Faith Community and to see descriptions of our children and youth programs for 2014-15.
Please contact Rev. Geoff, GRimositis@gmail.com if you would like to learn more.