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:
The younger group is going to explore a curriculum called Passport to Spirituality. Drawing from our UU sources, children will travel the world, visiting different countries while learning about various religions and spiritual practices. At each country visited they will receive passport sticker, reflecting their learning.
The older group will explore a curriculum called Heeding the Call focused on social justice. This program explores linked oppressions that occur in our society, but also encourages participants towards personal growth and action. Workshops on empathy, courage, abundance, joy, and other qualities ask participants to recognize how these standards can be tools for justice.
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.