We ended our fantastic programming year last Sunday with games and fun in each classroom, and a celebration outside with bubbles and ice cream! Please enjoy the photos from this joyous day, and scroll down for a quick video and video slideshow!
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You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
In preparation for Children and Youth Sunday, all three of our Sunday school classes have been focusing on this scripture passage from Matthew for the past month, talking about what it means to be a light of God in this world. We learned about Harriet Tubman, a conductor of the Underground Railroad and one they called “Moses”, who helped slaves escape from the south. We learned about Austin (he calls himself President Austin) who is a five-year-old in Birmingham, Alabama who feeds the homeless with chicken sandwiches he purchases from his allowance and says “Don’t forget to spread the love!” every time he hands one out. We learned about Marley Dias, a 12-year-old girl on a mission to collect and donate 1000 books to schools and libraries featuring black girls as the main character (she’s collected 9000 so far!). And we learned that you do not need to be rich or powerful or famous or a genius or be super loud or be an adult to be a light in this world and make a difference. God gave us all gifts and passions that we can use as our “flashlight batteries” to shine light in the darkness. Here are just some of the ways our children decided they could spread God’s light:
• Share stuff! Like money and toys. Donate to people who don’t have enough
• Be generous and kind as a role model for others
• Give love to everybody! Even people who don’t share your language or skin color
• Pick up trash
• Clean up the environmental to reduce global warming
• Remember our own mistakes. Work on forgiveness and wholeness instead of punishment and judgment
• Make kindness rocks to encourage others
• Increase beauty in the world with murals, art, and gardening
• You could bake a ton of cookies and send them to friends
• Make a card with lots of smiles and put it in the mailbox and send it to someone who is sad
• Make a box in the shape of a heart and give it to your dad!
• Fill yourself up with love and spread it around so it is like a wave of love smothering the whole world!
Look for the darkness, discover your own batteries of passion, and shine the light of God as bright as a city on a hill. Start with some of our ideas, and you can light up the world!
WCUC children & youth led us in a wonderful service on June 3rd. See some highlights below!
The youth group had a great afternoon volunteering as “buddies” for athletes who participate in the Miracle League Baseball program.
From the website: http://www.miracleleagueofma.com …
“The Miracle League of Massachusetts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral disabilities to develop and achieve their full potential: mentally, socially and physically. We accomplish this through America’s favorite pastime – baseball – providing an opportunity for children with disabilities to play baseball as part of a team in an organized, non-competitive league.
But it’s really so much more…
The benefits of participating in the Miracle League extend beyond the baseball field and impact everyone involved – players, parents, sponsors, buddies, volunteers and fans.”
Sometimes pictures are better than words….
Thanks to everyone who donated and walked to support our mission partners Minute Man March this past weekend! We were thrilled to have 40+ walkers in our WCUC group.
To celebrate the upcoming Minute Man March on May 5th, our combined Multiage and Middler Sunday school classes met on Sunday to celebrate our abilities, disabilities and VisitAbility! Visitability is a term used to describe a measure of a place’s ease of access for people with disabilities. We acted out a story about a young girl named Libby who used a wheelchair, and after her best friend moved to a new house, she wasn’t able to go visit her because there were stairs up to every entrance and the bathroom doorways were too narrow. But instead of feeling sad and frustrated and powerless (and invisible), Libby fought for VisitAbility in her neighborbood – successfully lobbying to build a new housing development with VisitAble houses for people of all abilities! She dreamed she had a Cape of VisitAbility that allowed her to fly all over the world, and all the other children had capes too!
To measure the visitAbility in our own church, our children split up into four teams on a scavenger hunt throughout our building? Do you know how many visitAble entrances we have? Do you know how many visitAble bathrooms we have? What accommodations do we make for people with visual and hearing impairments? What else could we be doing to make our building and community more visitAble?
After our scavenger hunt, we explored writing in Braille and the children then started creating their own Capes of VisitAbility to wear during the Minute Man March. We will continue painting these capes this coming Sunday, along with welcoming two very special visitors from Minute Man Arc who will come talk to us about their experiences. Come VISIT us on Sunday to learn more!
Take a peek into the Multiage class from this past Sunday as we celebrated the Easter resurrection story! Here’s what we were up to:
- A baking session with the Middler class making Resurrection Rolls (wrap a big marshmallow in bread dough, brush on melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar – YUM)
- As rolls were rising, we reenacted the dramatic story of Easter morning complete with tomb and stone
- We wondered: how did Mary Magdalene feel during all the different points in the story? (sad, upset, confused, angry, surprised, joyful, excited); why didn’t Mary recognize Jesus right away? (“Maybe he looked different,” “Maybe she forgot what he looked like,” “She wasn’t expecting to see him alive so she didn’t recognize him at first”)
- Waving streamers and ringing bells as we said ALLELULIA over and over in different ways (sitting, standing, singing, hopping, whispering, shouting)
- Playing an Easter egg relay race game with letters on each egg that had to be unscrambled at the end. Check out the picture for what it spelled out!
- Decorating aluminum foil crosses (reflecting the light of Jesus!) while smelling the delicious cinnamon and sugar wafting from the kitchen from our baking rolls
- Savoring our Resurrection Rolls and discovering the surprise hidden inside each one (they were empty – just like the tomb!)
Enjoy all the photos of our wonderful Easter celebration!
Christ is Risen! We celebrated with festive worship featuring our combined choirs, lots of joyful music, and even dancing! Take a look.
On Maundy Thursday we gathered for a simple supper and communion in North Hall, travelled to explore prayer stations in the sanctuary, and ended with shared prayer and song. Thanks to all the cooks, servers, musicians, cleaner-uppers, and many other helpers who made it possible!