Hello Families and Welcome to Beacon Unitarian!
Beacon recognizes the vital contribution families make to a vibrant community and we strive to find places for connection in these unprecedented times. Due to COVID-19 all of our services are held virtually for the time being. In an effort to engage families at home the Children and Youth Religious Exploration (CYRE) Committee have assembled a monthly newsletter that includes upcoming events and activities to engage children and families on the monthly theme, this year the theme is based on our Unitarian Universalist sources and structured around the well-loved chalice lighting words:
We are Unitarian Universalists, (Cup hands to make two ‘U’s),
With minds that think, (Cover eyes and open hands),
Hearts that love, (Cross arms over heart)
And hands that are ready to serve. (Stretch hands out, palms up).
The mail-outs will include some additional gifts/resources so if your family is not already on our list and would like to register for a physical copy please reach out to the Director of Religious Exploration, Ashley Cole by using her form on our Contact page.
In addition to the mailed out newsletters, the CYRE Committee and those committed to expanding and strengthening family ministry at Beacon are exploring new ways of connecting over the 2021-2022 church year. This may take the shape of a handful of in-person activities (following public health orders) and a series of workshops for parents in the winter or spring. If you are interested in exploring further with us and/or keeping up to date on upcoming CYRE programming and events please reach out to Ashley Cole, Director of Religious Exploration for more information.
Ashley Cole (she/her pronouns)
Director Of Religious Exploration
Working from the unceded homelands of the Qayqayt, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations.
Unitarian Principles Colouring Sheets (referred to in Sept. newsletter)
Regular Programming (What to expect when we meet in person)
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.
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)
(Tapestry of Faith Version)
1. Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the sense of wonder we all share.
2. Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from wise people of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.
3. Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions.
4. Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from Jewish and Christian teachings that tell us to love all others as we love ourselves.
5. Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the use of reason and the discoveries of science.
6. Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life.
7. Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from faithful words and actions that shape our Unitarian and Universalist heritage.
Register for Religious Exploration
Download our registration form, fill it out, and give it to the Director of Religious Exploration, Ashley Cole.