From sharing a delicious meal together, to exploring a variety of interactive prayer stations, to quietly ushering in the season of Lent with prayer and music in our Vespers service, Ash Wednesday was filled with opportunities to nurture the spirit in preparation for Lent. How will you feast and fast this season to nurture yours?
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Angels in Advent: a peek into Sunday School
Angels have been hovering all around us this Advent season, and we continued this theme last Sunday in our multiage Sunday school class. After lighting our third candle in our Advent wreath and a candlelit opening combining all three classes, the multiage children enjoyed finding angels illustrated in the book The Nativity by Julie Vivas and then watched a fantastic short video called An Unexpected Christmas, featuring God’s host of angels very surprised by God’s plan for Jesus’ birth. Check out the video here. We then explored three different activity stations: decorating angel coloring pages, creating sparkly angel messages, and reading Christmas books in an ever-expanding twinkling fort. The reading fort started under one table with three children, then grew (with the help of some very motivated kid engineers) to encompass the entire stage to fit everyone. Always room for one more!
Advent in the Light
We had a fantastic evening with children and families last Saturday, December 8th. Take a look!
The Blessing of the Animals
Yesterday we hosted our first “Blessing of the Animals” service outside in the Welcome Garden. We listened to the creation story, sang, and presented our animal companions (or photos of them) to be blessed by Pastor Hannah. After the blessing, each human received a blue ribbon that reads: “Beloved Friend, Blessed at WCUC” to tie onto the pet’s cage or collar. Here are a few photos from this very special service.
Preparing for Holy Week, with Legos
This past Sunday, Marjorie led our multiage class in a first try of “Bible Legos.” With the help of Melissa T., Dennis, and 4 tubs of Legos, the class created three scenes from Holy Week: Palm Sunday, Cleansing the Temple, and the Last Supper. Each group then shared their story with the whole group. The event was fun and engaging, and the design teams were making real inquiries into the scripture lessons while building their scenes. Take a look!