I expect many of you will be reading this from your homes on Thursday, while snow falls outside. I hope you are all warm and safe! If you’re looking for ideas to fill the time, don’t forget the family resources at the end of this newsletter (they’re in every month’s post!)
Big hugs and gratitude to everyone who helped make the First Night Chili sale a success!! It was a bitter cold night, but the youth made over $1,000, thanks to everyone who made chili to donate, helped serve, and came to eat!! Muchas Gracias!!!!! We are on our way to meeting the fundraising goal for our immigration justice trip in June!
In this post:
- Sparks and Flames meet together at South Church! Friday, January 5th, at 7pm
- Senior Youth Immigration Justice Trip- informational potluck- Sunday, Jan 7 at 5:30pm
- Families Tuugether! Saturday, January 13th 4:30-8pm
- MLK weekend info
- Program Volunteering:
- Sign up for January Volunteer Spots <click for info!
- February Workshop Seminar- Wed, January 10th, 8pm in your living room! for parents and interested volunteers Click Here to Sign up. This is a great opportunity to engage from the comfort of your home- video or call in- includes RE overview, theme reflection & brainstorm, and a basic volunteer training.
- Sundays this month:
- January 7: Children’s Chapel for pre-K through 5th grade. 6-7th grade religious exploration will meet. OWL for 5th at 9:30. OWL for 7 and Senior Youth meet at 4pm
- January 14th: Holiday RE program day. (see below)
- January 21st: *Normal RE program day.
- January 28th: *Normal RE program day
[*Normal RE program day: Both services include Spirit Play and Theme workshops for grades 1-5. 11am worship also included: 6-7th grade religious exploration and Coming of Age for 8th grade. OWL for 5th grade is currently meeting at 9:30 most Sundays. OWL for 7th grade and Senior Youth meet on Sunday evenings at 4-5:30 pm.]
- Family resources for January’s theme: A people of Intention- see below!
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Here are some more details on the items mentioned above:
Sparks and Purple flames (social groups for 5-6th and 7-8th grades) this Friday we will be meeting together here at South Church from 7-9pm. Bring a flashlight (we’re playing a great game in the dark!), wear sneakers and bring a favorite snack to share. If you are not registered for this program, email me for details on that! If you are registered, please RSVP so I know you’re coming!
Senior Youth Immigration Justice Trip- informational potluck- Sunday, Jan 7 at 5:30pm. Immediately following our regular youth group gathering, Parents and youth are invited to a potluck to dig into specifics around the Immigration Justice trip we are planning in June. Come if you’re sure you want to participate, come if you are not at all sure, but still considering. We’ll go over logistics, fundraising commitments, concerns, and finances. Bring a dish to share! See you there!
Families Tuugether, Saturday, January 13th, 4:30-8pm Open to children 8 months through Sixth grade, Families Tuugether is a popular program for families of young kids; an opportunity for parents to reconnect and to recharge. Offered monthly during the church year, children are dropped off at South Church at 4:30pm with a potluck dish to share (Ready to serve, please.), and parents head up to the sanctuary for a short group gathering before heading out to enjoy some quite time. Children will strengthen friendships, enjoy a movie, and play fun games. Parents return to get their child no later than 8pm. Please note: Families MUST RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they plan to come to this event, so that we are able to meet the staffing needs. Program is be closed after 25 children register, to ensure we have a safe and fun event.
Martin Luther King Jr weekend- in addition to some conversations in RE over the next two weeks related to MLK, I wanted to let you know that there is a special pancake breakfast and worship service for MLK at South Church on Monday morning (breakfast at 8:30, music/service at 10 followed by walk on Portsmouth’s Black Heritage Trail. Concluding at noon). It is sponsored by the Seacoast NAACP, and would be a meaningful way to engage in the work of this justice leader with older children. There are opportunities to volunteer during the breakfast as well, so reach out if you’d like to get involved.
Theme workshops for January:
Family resources for January: ‘We are a community of intention’ . One of the wonderful things about theme based church is that there are multiple opportunities for parents and children to explore a specific idea throughout each month. This means there are also lots of opportunities for ideas and inspirations we come across on Sundays at South Church to find their way into our lives throughout the week. This could be very meaningful for your family and for our community. As we explore themes throughout the year think about ways you might take those conversations home to your dinner tables, night time rituals, car drives, and morning routines. Here’s a small framework to whet your palate, let me know if you have any great family moments!
[From Soul Matters RE Packet:] Playing off our monthly theme question of “What does it mean to be a people of intention?”, we invite parents to ask “What does it mean to be a parent of intention” or “What does it mean to be a family of intention?”
A Book Suggestion:
Ideas for Reflection:
How to Create a Sankalpa, by Kelly McGonigal, Yoga International. The yoga tradition offers a profound formula for realizing your heartfelt desires—without asking you to change who you are. It’s the practice of sankalpa (resolve), as suggested by Rev. Rebecca “Beckett” Coppola, Minister, Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Right Intention (Samma Sankappa) From The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi. A reading from the Vipassana tradition in Buddhism for those interested in more depth, as suggested by Rev. Rebecca “Beckett” Coppola, Minister, Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Ideas for Meditation
Two-Minute Meditation for Crazy-Busy People – Waylon Lewis of Elephant Journal.
Video about Three Kings Day:
Dora Celebrates Three Kings Day (30 min)
A Family Game
Game of Choices Help young children learn about choices and intentions.
Field of Dreams (PG) A farmer is called to change his life and follow a dream—an inner voice—that guides him to turn his cornfield into a baseball field where extraordinary and magical things happen.
Ratatouille (G) (We’ll be watching this at Families Tuugether on the 13th!) Remy, a resident of Paris, appreciates good food, and has quite a sophisticated palate. He would love to become a chef so he can create and enjoy culinary masterpieces to his heart’s delight. Despite the fact that he is, well … a rat, he never lets that stand in the way of his pie-in-the-sky dream.
October Sky (PG) The future of the young Homer Hickam seems predetermined. Just like his father he is supposed to work in the mine – a fate that he shares with almost all men that live in his town. That is until Homer watches the rocket launch of the Sputnik satellite and is inspired by this to build rockets for the science fair.
Our monthly church-wide themes this year:
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