Friday, March 26, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Sit in the main seating area, close to the front, so your child(ren)
can see and don't have to turn in their chair.
Dress up a little, let children know that this is a very special
event! Tell them that you expect them to stay seated and enjoy the
Bring money for children to contribute to the offering, maybe their
Have quiet toys or activities in reserve, but set the expectation that
the service will hold their attention. Good choices would be finger
knitting, a small doodle pad, or beeswax to mold.
Leave electronics at home. They simply don't belong in a worship
Some children enjoy worship more when they are with peers, find your
child's classmates and sit together.
The RE Council members are on site to help. We'll have some quiet toys
If your child is really having a hard time sitting quietly, don't
hesitate to step out for a drink of water or a breath of fresh air.
Learning to go to a Sunday morning church service is one of the most
important things our children and youth can learn.
Blessings to you all!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
RE Corner Spring 2010
Why do we come to church on Sunday mornings? Why do we bring our children to “Sunday School”? Why not just rest and relax on Sunday mornings? I mean, really, our children are busy all week long, they have campfire and scouts and soccer and music lessons and a million other things to occupy their days. And we adults who run them around all week long are tired! We’re exhausted! Church? It’s not really necessary. Our kids are probably getting all of this already, anyway. Let’s just go out for breakfast-go out of town-go visit friends. Let’s just NOT GO!
I understand the pressure of twenty-first century family life, I really do. I had three kids in five years! My partner and I are just now catching up on our sleep. If those crazy curfews for our teenagers would just let up we could count on a good 8 hours of sleep!
But I believe that we should all let something go to make room for church, yes for ourselves but especially if our lives involve children. Why?
Because going to church is necessary. There is no other place that your child will hear from a community as specifically and as powerfully: “We believe in people; every person every where all the time.” Or “Peace comes from justice, and this is how we create a just world….” Or “You matter, all the time, no matter what.”
At church your child will learn about values and ethics. We talk about who kids want to be when they grow up but we’re not talking about careers or education. We’re talking about who kids really want to become, and what it means. We talk about spirit and faith and hope. You do have to give up other things to have this church family. But it’s worth it, really it is.
I wish I could show you a magic picture of your family in 20 years. Belonging to a church in a way that is meaningful and real; doing good work for the church, staying late to clean up and coming early to set up and letting your child know what matters to you and showing them by doing it will make a difference in who they grow up to be. I promise. It will. Church helps us all get closer to who we are meant to be.
Director of Religious Exploration
Westside Unitarian Universalist Congretation