Spiritual Exploration Program for Children

Schedule for September 2017 - June 2018 

September 18   Ingathering
October 2   Making paper mache globes
October 16   Painting globes
November 6   Skit preparation
November 20   Stone soup
December 4   Skit practice
December 18   This is a small world after all

January 1  Resolutions 
January 15  Beauty and uniqueness of snowflakes  
February 5   Celebrating our uniqueness
February 19  What is happiness?
March 5  Spring Songs with Lauralee Northcott
March 19  Planting seeds
April 2  Painting rocks of kindness
April 16  Easter
May 7  Making a Mother's Day present
May 21  Trash collecting in the park
June 4  Juggling and picnic in the Commons

 

 

PURPOSE OF THE SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION (SE) PROGRAM FOR KIDS

With our Spiritual Exploration program, we aim to create an open-hearted opportunity for children to develop a personal connection to the seven spiritual principles of Unitarian Universalism.  Stated in kid-friendly language, the principles are:

1. Every single person is important.

2. We treat one another with respect.

3. We spend our whole lives learning how to be the best people we can be.

4. Together we can learn about the world and what is true.

5. Everyone has the right to use their voice and be heard.

6. Together we work to create a world that is peaceful and fair for everyone.

7. We respect the earth and all living things.

We gear our program to the ages of the children are present.  We encourage them, in age-appropriate ways, to think for themselves about these spiritual principles, as well as to use their personal life experiences and their heart as they attempt to apply these principles in their lives.

Where suitable we aim to share a focus with the adult program, so that kids can share their experience with the fellowship. This year we look forward to initiating a "Compassion Relay" in which children pass symbolic torches to adults, and seek to build a year long practice of developing kindness and respect for others.

 

FORMAT

This program occurs in the context of a loving and supportive Fellowship community. Children begin by gathering in the main service with the adults to share in song. They then listen to a brief story just for them. We then go to our classroom where we light a chalice, share joys and sorrows, and engage with stories, art, games or other activities that explore the Unitarian principles.

 

WHERE & WHEN WE MEET

Sunday fellowship gatherings are on the 1st and 3rd Sundays September - May at 10 AM at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp. For specific dates and topics, see the SE program schedule for kids above.

 

CALLING ALL KIDS!!!

We would love to have more children to enrich this educational experience! The more children in our community that join us, the more energy our program has. Those of you who know potentially interested families, please let them know they are most welcome. Childcare is available for younger children.

 

CONTACT US

If you are interested in learning more or in getting involved in the children’s program, contact Religious Exploration Coordinator
Tonya Van Bueren
996-8050
tonya.bryn@gmail.com
or Jen Ramsey at 997-3312.