December 24: Religious Exploration for Children and Youth

Last Sunday, December 17

Last Sunday was a special intergenerational worship gathering for everyone! The Roots and Shoots friends presented their play, “The Year Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas,” written together by the members of the class. The play dramatized what can happen when we stop focusing on what we can get for Christmas and start focusing on making the world a better place for animals, people and the environment.

Special thanks to Diane Belnavis, Dawn Volpe, JeanMarie Christman, Jamie Kegerise and Jerry Acord for their love and patience in teaching this class. And we could not have done it without “prop genius,” Lynda DeCesare, who made the play come to life!

​This Sunday, December 24

Our Chalice Children will learn about the story of the birth of Jesus and practice how to be patient while waiting for a holiday to unfold.

Regardless of our personal theologies, the Christmas season is a very visible part of the North American culture. This session unpacks the traditional Christmas story and provides a Unitarian Universalist understanding to help children share in the excitement of the season. Our children will also make a paper chain, a simple activity which helps them stay patient for the arrival of Christmas.

The Roots and Shoots Class will explore peacemaking, and how each of us can find creative solutions to solve conflict and work cooperatively. They will hear the true story of The Christmas Truce, in which, during World War I, soldiers from both sides crossed into the No Man’s Land between enemy lines to share Christmas gifts and songs in the spirit of shared humanity. They will create skits in which they will come up with various solutions to a conflict.
Coming of Age and Youth Group have the week off.

“Each night a child is born is a holy night.” — Sophia Lyon Fahs

If you are interested in volunteering to serve in our vibrant Religious Exploration Program, contact our DRE at or, call her directly at 302-367-6533.