This Week in CYP

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Here are a few highlights for this Sunday’s children and youth activities, followed by the day’s schedule, and notes on what our children and youth will experience in Religious Exploration.

  • It’s time for the kindergarteners’ Spring field trip to Woodward Park! Children will leave the church about 10:15 a.m. and return at noon.
  • ACTION education meetings begin this week. For more information contact
  • We are beginning to recruit guides for next year’s classes. We want you to be a part of your children’s religious education. To find out how to get involved, contact Shannon Boston,

Sunday's Schedule:

  • Religious Exploration Classes - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Our younger graded classes will continue working with their UUA Tapestry of Faith curricula this week and throughout the church-school year.  There is detailed information about each classes’ lessons at the end of the email.

o   First and Second Grades meet in the Presidents’ Room (4)

o   Third and Fourth Grades meet in the Artists’ Atelier (124)

o   Fifth and Sixth Grades meet in Room 129

o   Seventh and Eighth meet in Room 128

o   Ninth Grade Coming of Age meets in Room 120, through the morning to 1:00 p.m.

o   Tenth through Twelfth Grades will meet in the Sponge Room for Youth Sunday preparations, through the morning to 1:00 p.m.

  • Snack and Social Time,11:00-11:30 a.m.for Grades 1-8 on the West Playground unless weather is severe.
  • Chapel, 11:30-noon, for pre-k and 1st through 8th grades, led by our Youth. Family and friends are welcome as always.
  • Spiritual Expressions in Creativity, noon to 1:00 p.m. for children and youth in Kindergarten through 8th grades.
    We have an amazing assortment of classes to choose from this Sunday. Please look over the list and think of a first and second choice as these classes do have size limits and are on a first come, first served basis.

o   Lego Freestyle (all ages)

o   Visual Arts (all ages)

o   Yoga Games and Poses (all ages)

o   Ceramics (grades 3-8)

o   Dungeons, Dragons and Divinity (grades 4-8)

o   Altered Books and Art Arts (grades 6-8)

o   OWL for pre-registered Kindergarten and 1st graders

  • 1:00 p.m. pick up time. Children are brought to the Family Room to await pick up at 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon/Evening Activities:

o   Youth Choir 4:00-6:00 p.m. Youth Choir (grades 8-12) rehearsal

o   Children’s Choir 6:00-7:00 p.m. Children’s Choir (grades 4-7) rehearsal

o   High School Youth Group meets at 6:00 in the Sponge Room; dinner is provided.

o   Youth Sunday Rehearsal will take place in the Sanctuary from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

For more information on Youth Group activities, please contact our Youth Director, Tanner Phillips, For more information on any of our Children’s and Youth Choirs, contact David Smith at and visit the website

Please Volunteer - just 10 hours a year!

Our children and youth programs are free and cooperative in that they include very few paid staff and rely heavily on volunteers for leading and assisting classes almost every Sunday morning throughout the year.  We ask that each family that participates in the program find at least 10 hours each year to donate to our program.

We have tons of volunteer opportunities, including

  • supervising snack and social time and Chapel (11:00-noon)
  • assisting in our Spiritual Expressions classes (noon to 1:00)
  • subbing in the Sunday school classroom (9:45-11:00)
  • assisting once a month with our Social Action Projects (9:45-11:00)

You can pick up a Parent Participation form at either of our two check-in desks. Thank you!

Additional notes on curricula …

World of WonderGrades 1 and 2 explore Session 14 of this UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum on Sunday.

People overestimate the pleasure they'll get from having more stuff. This does not apply to new rose bushes, crayons, or yarn stashes. — Dr. Sun Wolf

IN SUNDAY’S SESSION... we’ll learn about the 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. We’ll hear the story "Enough Stuff," which introduces the idea of a no-presents birthday party—a concrete way to live the first R, "Refuse." We’ll do a Recycle Relay, imagine a birthday party we might want to have, and make binoculars from recycled materials (a great idea for a birthday party activity!).

EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about... what is "enough stuff?" How does your family celebrate birthdays? What changes could you make? What about a "no-presents" birthday party? Check out "Birthdays without Pressure" on the website of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Nebraska for family discussion questions and more.

EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER... Take a tour of your home to look for evidence of the 5 Rs. Talk about ways to include more of these practices in your everyday lives at home, school, or work. Look at the blog Zero Waste Home. Is this something your family might try?

A Family Adventure. Invite your neighbors to participate and host a community "swap," perhaps at your congregation. Learn about communities that have done this on the Give Your Stuff Away website or from The Center for a New American Dream's "Guide to Sharing."

Family Discovery. Explore the website "Loop Scoops", a project of PBS kids by Annie Leonard, the author of Story of Stuff. Or go to The Story of Stuff website and watch the movie and look at the resources for more ideas.

A Family Game. Talk with your child about special things you can do together that do not require any material items. Play games like tag, hide-and-go-seek; and duck, duck, goose. Point out that these games are simple in that they do not require any special equipment and "green" in that they do not use any of the Earth's resources.

A Family Ritual. Our lives can be very complex. Try a family meditation practice to simplify your days: Gather together for a brief time. Light a candle. If you have a chime or singing bowl, use it and listen together to see how long you can hear the sound. Put on some music with nature sounds or simply sit quietly together. At first, meditate for only a brief period of time, about 1-2 minutes. As time goes on, lengthen that time based on your family's readiness.


Signs of Our Faith: Being UU Every Day.  Grades 3 and 4 explore Session 14 of this UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum on Sunday.

I believe that decision making should not be the exclusive right of the privileged. That those who are affected by policy—not those who by default often stand above it—should be heard in the debate. — Winona LaDuke, Native American activist

IN SUNDAY’S SESSION... we’ll talk about ways to make fair decisions. Our fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle says we believe that everyone should have a vote on matters that affect them, but sometimes simply voting is not fair enough. In our congregation, many people are involved in decision making. Some decisions are made by the board of trustees. Others are made by the whole congregation. Trying to make group decision making as fair as it can be is a sign of our UU faith.

EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about ... family decisions. Which decisions are made using authority, majority, and consensus methods? Why is it necessary for parents and caregivers to sometimes make authority decisions?

Family Game. Try playing a board game with teams instead of as individuals. Every decision must be made as a team. How will you reach agreement?

Family Ritual. When a public election or referendum is held, go to the polls as a family. Talk about the people and issues on the ballot. Do not forget to get an "I voted" sticker.

Family Discovery. Go to a meeting of a neighborhood or civic association. How is decision making done there? Is it an informal discussion to reach consensus, or, more like ballot voting... or something else? If decisions are made according to the vote a majority, is there at least some opportunity for everyone to voice their opinion?

Leadership Suggestion. The next time you find yourself in a group that has to make a decision, suggest the group try reaching consensus.

 Windows and MirrorsGrades 5 and 6 explore Session 14 of this UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum on Sunday.

I wear garments touched by hands from all over the world
35% cotton, 65% polyester, the journey begins in Central America
In the cotton fields of El Salvador
In a province soaked in blood,
Pesticide-sprayed workers toil in a broiling sun...
Third world women toil doing piece work to Sears specifications
For three dollars a day...
And I go to the Sears department store where I buy my blouse
On sale for 20% discount
Are my hands clean? — Bernice Reagon


Our Unitarian Universalist belief in every person's inherent worth and dignity tells us that everyone, no matter their occupation, has a right to dignity of work—the ability to earn a livelihood (a living wage), a work environment that supports their self-respect and the respect of others who acknowledge their work as bringing value to society. Yet, as a society we tend to value some work more than other work. When someone's work is disrespected, undervalued or taken for granted, both that person and their community suffer.

Children will identify their own work, whatever it consists of, and work on a Window/Mirror Panel to express the universal dignity of work. They’ll hear a story, "Beautiful Hands," about a child ashamed of her work-worn hands, until a teacher articulates how her hands show the beauty of physical work. Children will see and talk about photographs of children at labor. Faith in Action engages them in an advocacy project promoting a fair minimum wage and universal dignity of work.


What do the adults in your family do for their jobs? Tell your child about jobs you have had—what you did, where you worked, what tools you used, what you wore. Tell some things you liked about your jobs including ways you were successful, satisfied and appreciated, financially and in less tangible ways.



Research careers with your child in bookstores and libraries, online and by guiding your child to talk with a variety of working adults about what they do. Find out about the training needed for jobs which may exist when your child reaches adulthood. A federal government web site,, spotlights an array of jobs and includes annotated links to career-oriented web sites for children. The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (Washington State) offers career discovery workshops, described online.


Play Monopoly or Life as a family, noticing the ways the game confers status and power on players. When a player achieves or loses wealth or power by a roll of the dice, what message is implied? How are these games like, and unlike, real life?