Family Resources for Sunday March 31

Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more. — Malvina Reynolds (from the song “Magic Penny”)

The essence of a beloved community is sharing the good times as well as the bad with each other; this is what creates a true spirit of love in a religious community. When people are tied together by the spirit of love, we share the ordinary moments of life as well as the momentous occasions. When love is the basis of a shared experience, we are motivated to overcome conflict and reach out to help one another. Therefore, when love is the spirit of the congregation, our religious community helps us, each and all, to grow and to support one another in both good times and bad.

The children will hear a story, “The Mish-Mash Heart,” about how love becomes richer when it is given away or shared. We will talk about the ways we share our love with one another in our beloved community—our Unitarian Universalist congregation. We will make our own mish-mash hearts as symbols of the love we share with others in our lives and play Cat’s Cradle string games with a partner.

The details about Sunday morning:
Babies – 4 year olds

  • Children’s covenant, chalice lighting and joys & concerns
  • Play inside

Kindergarten- Grade 5

Grade 6-Grade 12

  • Youth Breakfast Club – Last Sunday of every month from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Our first meeting will be Sunday, March 31st
  • All 6th to 12th graders are invited to roll out of bed, head over to the Beacon kitchen, and join us for yummy breakfast treats and hot drinks.
  • Discussion Topic:  You Tube – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What you can do this week at home:
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about… the ways you volunteer your time and efforts to help your religious community to “give back” some of the good feelings you get from participating in your congregation. Share some of the times you have felt the spirit of love in your religious community and how the people at your congregation make this happen.

EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try… volunteering in your congregation together as a family to “give back” some of the love you receive from your religious community. You might offer to pass the offertory baskets together as a family, light the chalice together at the start of the worship service, or spend a day cleaning up the congregation’s building or grounds.

Family Discovery. Create a family heart together with different parts of the large heart symbolizing the good and bad times you’ve had together as a family. Without using words, colors and designs can depict experiences and reveal feelings as you represent the times of your lives together.

A Family Game. Obtain some string or yarn—or a pre-looped, elastic string, made just for this purpose—and play Cat’s Cradle together as a family. Find suggestions and instructions for playing a variety of string games including Cat’s Cradle on the Alysion website,, and author Libby Koponen’s website. String games are particularly good on long family trips, as they do not require additional supplies and can occupy minds as well as hands when sitting for long periods of time is necessary.

A Family Ritual. Share joys and concerns together as a family by lighting candles or simply joining hands and sharing the best thing about a particular day or what you are particularly grateful for on this day.

Let me know if I can be supportive to you in any other way! I am here for you.
All my best with blessings,