Rachel Carson 1907 - 1964
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies,
he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him
the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.
Children are born with a sense of wonder and it’s up to a child’s caretakers to nurture that innate sense. At UCCL, I know that our children come to us with a sense of curiosity about the world around them. They need us to listen, to hear, see them, and reflect that joy. Each child is on his/her own path to spiritual discovery. I see the children each week and love when they come with their enthusiasm and questions about the world around them.
We are continuing this month to study our very aptly titled curriculum: The Joyful Path. Last month’s questions focused on a metaphysical interpretation of: God, Jesus, The Bible and Divine Energy. This month’s lessons further our studies with: God in Nature, God Within Me, Concentration, and Learning from Mistakes. Just like the adults in “big church” learn how to apply spiritual concepts to their everyday lives, so are the children. My desire is for them to talk to you about what they’ve learned, and to realize that spirituality and a sense of Christ Consciousness is not limited to church. Church is a place we go to learn more about God and spirit and community but we take our learning with us and apply it at home, school, and to any situation.
During Sunday School, we meet for circle time at the beginning where each child shares their gratitude from the week. Gratitude deepens their joy and allows them to reflect and realize what they are grateful for in their world and what they want more of in the future. Most of the children focus on their families, events, not so much material things which shows their hearts. We then do prayers and write them out on prayer forms so that the prayer chaplains from UCCL pray on their requests, then send them off to Silent Unity where they are prayed on for 30 days. I want the children to see the power of prayer and the vibration that is lifted when they pray and others pray for them. Finally, we put our tithes in our offering jar as the children are learning that their giving is significant and important when given from the heart. It helps them deepen their own gratitude.
We made the announcement in early January that the donations from our bread and pastries Sunday morning will be going to World Vision to sponsor a child. One of our youth, Zoey Bristow, was so inspired that she placed her gift from her grandparents of $50 in the jar. This beautiful act of tithing was very inspiring for all of us. The children are very excited about learning about our sponsored child’s life and daily activities.
Our southeast region has a Uniteen Rally April 13-15 in Live Oak Florida for teens in 6th-8th grade. Every teen that I have ever spoken to that has attended a Unity Youth Rally has come back a changed and inspired person. I look forward to discussing fundraising and requirements with our youth and parents in Sunday School. More details with be forthcoming in Sunday School.
I look forward to seeing you and your family in February.