Beacon recognizes the vital contribution families make to a healthy congregation and we strive to provide a fun, welcoming and safe environment to do so. If you are new to Beacon, here are a few things we thought you might like to know.
- If your child(ren) remains with you in the service, there are quiet-activity supplies available if needed—check with the greeters.
- If you would like care for children aged five and under, there is a supervised nursery to the left of the stage.
- During the ‘story for all ages,’ all children are invited (but not required) to sit as a group at the front, for the duration of the story.
- Immediately following the story, children aged five and up are invited to join us downstairs for multi-aged programming, see below.
- Parents and guardians are welcome to accompany their children at any time.
What will young people learn about in Religious Exploration?
Beacon offers children and youth a spiritual and ethical foundation that we hope will support your family’s parenting goals. Our programs aim to give young people the knowledge and experience to help them develop their own strong values, enhance their self-esteem, and discover their own spiritual identities.
The two Sunday morning programs Beacon is currently offering are:
Signs of our Faith
Rev. Peter Morales asks us to think about religion as the practice of being faithful to what you love. In order to do this, you must decide what you love and do your best to live that love faithfully every day. Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world.
A Place of Wholeness
For many youth, especially those raised in Unitarian Universalist communities, the principles, values, and theologies of Unitarian Universalism are in their bones. A Place of Wholeness is an opportunity to examine their faith journeys to better understand themselves in the context of Unitarian Universalism.
We provide participants with a sacred space in which to explore religious questions and stories.
We give them guidance in their search for their own answers to life’s big questions:
• Where do we come from?
• What are we?
• Where are we going?
• Does God exist?
• How can I tell right from wrong?
• What is truth?
• How am I connected with everyone and everything else?
• How do my actions impact the world around me?
• What should I do with my own life?
• Do I have a soul?
• What do other religious traditions teach about life?
Children’s Rainbow Version
1. Respect all people (Red Promise)
2. Offer kind and fair treatment to all (Orange Promise)
3. Yearn to accept and learn about ourselves and others (Yellow Promise)
4. Grow by exploring what is true and right (Green Promise)
5. Believe in our ideas and act on them (Blue Promise)
6. Insist on freedom, justice, and peace for all people (Indigo Promise)
7. Value our home, Earth, that we share with all living beings (Violet Promise)
Register for Religious Exploration
Download our registration form, fill it out, and give it to the Director of Religious Exploration, Ashley Cole.