Kids Community is the space in which we build relationships with each other and explore our faith through stories, art, and play. 

Kids Community is a vibrant and lively classroom that is full of extraordinary minds. These children are developing questions of wonder about their spirituality in a free environment, recognizing that it is the Divine Light that ties together all of us. They are exploring what it means to create and hold a Sacred Space. There have mainly been two age groups in attendance: 3 – 6 years old and 6 – 9 years old.

These children are absolutely amazing and already hold so much Spirituality inside of them! It is an honor to provide them with the language that they need to continue this journey of experiencing God’s Love. I am hearing questions like: Does God love people that don’t believe in him? Does God love bullies that call people names? Will I go to Hell if I do…? Do you have to be dead to be a Saint? Thank you, Adults, for getting the kiddo here on Sunday mornings. We start the class at the door, so that the kids can physically cross the threshold into their Sacred Space. Then, we do a body check-in before I read a story, followed up with a Wonder Conversation. Finally, they’re dismissed to free play. I tell the kids that they aren’t going to school on a Sunday – they’re going to be in their Sacred Space and simply create (whatever they want) in the name of God’s Love. Their free play is transformed into their prayer and it is beautiful to witness!

Are you an adult looking to volunteer with children? We have opportunities throughout the program year for our lay people to assist in the classroom with activities and creating a joyful space.

Kids Community Update – February 2024

February’s curriculum was guided by the curriculum from Sunday Circle. We affirmed in Kids Community: “I am a child of love. I reflect a rainbow of forgiveness.” The Biblical reference was: God is love (1 John 2:8). We had a love offering during our Children’s Moments and it sounded like: Divine love through me, blesses and multiplies, all that I am, all that I have, all that I give, and all that I receive.

In the classroom, we listened and wondered on the story On the Day You Were Born, by Debra Fraiser. We talked about how the earth is a loving place where we enjoy Divine Love. Another popular lesson was prompted by a story written by Patricia Polacco, Thunder Cake. It seemed to help the kids process their leftover feelings from the ice storm and introduce the narrative of courage and comfort (biblical reference, Isaiah 11:6). In March, we are transitioning to our affirmation of: I am a child of love. I reflect a rainbow of courage. The song that we’ve been singing is God’s Got the Whole World in God’s Hands, so look out for a children’s song coming this month!

It has been wonderful having some of our young adult kiddos joining us in the classroom on Sundays! The kids could really benefit from teacher helpers who understand what the world is like nowadays and it encourages mentorship. The tweens are always welcome in this space as they develop their understanding of their place in this beautiful world.

Thank you so much to the volunteers that are holding this space. To the volunteers that have spent hours organizing and preparing the room space- thank you! To the teachers in the classroom- thank you!

If you would like to be added to the Kids Community email group, please reach out. This is a fun way to know what is happening with the community outside of the daily email.

We are still looking for a chair of the Family Ministries Committee. No previous experience is necessary. This is a seasoned committee with depths of knowledge. It would be a really fun committee to chair!

Time to bring in your donations of things to put in the Easter Eggs for the Easter egg hunt! These donations do not HAVE to be candy, either, it just has to be able to fit in a typical egg. Get creative!

Kid’s Closet

Kid’s Closet will be a new addition to Kids Community. We will be looking for donations of laundered kids clothing, shoes, backpacks and accessories for ages ranging PreK through middle school. The goal is to build a closet that our families can “shop” in throughout the year at no cost to the household. A tangential intention is to present the idea of clothing sustainability to the youth (i.e. not all clothes need to be brand new). The goal is to have this program available to our families by spring.

Jessie Peterson, Kids Community Coordinator