November 12: Religious Exploration for Children and Youth


Chalice Children: In their lesson entitled, Love Without Boundaries, our youngest children spent the hour learning about about families. They learned the value of treating people fairly, without racial, cultural, socioeconomic or territorial boundaries—our second Shared Principle as UU’s.

Roots and Shoots:  Last Sunday, the Roots and Shoots continued exploring and engaging with with their adult adult guides.  They talked freely about ways to live our shared principles through a commitment to making the world better for the environment, animals and people.

Coming of Age:  Our “Coming of Agers” explored our UU heritage as one that brings about a more just world.  They explored UU social justice work in and beyond our church and discussed Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Needs to understand how meeting basic needs is a justice issue. Our young people were challenged to respond to William Ellery Channing’s words, “May your life preach more loudly than your lips.”

Youth Group: As our Youth Group continues to foster their relationships within the group, they completed plans to  build playground relationships at Palmer Elementary School through their Buddy Bench Project. They are now coordinating with the school to schedule a date for installation on the playground. What a wonderful way begin the year!


Chalice Children: This Sunday’s session will focus on our third Shared Principle, “Everyone is accepted with love and compassion in our congregation.” They will learn that at Mill Creek, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and accepted regardless of their beliefs. The children will learn and demonstrate acceptance and compassion to everyone.  We will introduce the Buddhist concept of loving kindness.

Roots and Shoots:  This week, the Roots and Shoots Friends will begin their first rehearsal for their “not-so-traditional” holiday play, “The Year Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas!”  Mark your calendars the December 17 premiere!

Coming of Age: Our Coming of Age Youth will explore the complexity of working with others to create justice and imagine better ways to cooperate with one another. They will be challenged by President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s words: “Though force can protect in an emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration, and cooperation can finally lead men (people) to the dawn of eternal peace.”

Youth Group:  This Sunday, our Youth Group will plan their own Saturday Fellowship where they will prepare goodies for next Sunday’s Fellowship Hour.