December will be full of fun, creativity and many worship for all ages experiences at Beacon.
Dec. 1, 22, 24 and 29 are all Worship for all Ages services. Childcare is available for the youngest.
December 22 will be super fun with a service taken from A Charlie Brown’s Christmas, with theatric vignettes and lots of singing. We’ll even having a replica of Charlie’s loveable little tree with the single red ornament. Rev. Robin will offer a homily called “The Perfect Imperfection of Charlie Brown’s Tree.”
December 24 is our festive family Christmas Eve services with readings and carols and candlelight. Two services at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
December 29: Youth Breakfast
Creative activities will occur in the Sunday School on December 8 and 15.
On December 8, children will decorate cookies in anticipation of the Cookie Swap and Carol Sing – a fun all-ages event happening later that day at 4:00 p.m. Bring cookies, good cheer and your voices to carol with Beaconers in our new space.
On December 15, children will make a simple UU-themed ornament for your family’s Christmas tree.
Building Bridges Program Update
We are studying Catholicism! Before she left, Amy arranged for us to attend a Catholic Youth Group meeting on Monday night, Dec 2 from 6-7:30pm. Here is the information I got from their RE director this week:
Yes, your middle schoolers are still welcome to come on Dec 2nd.
Youth come and check in about 5:45-6, shortly after 6 we’ll play a group game in the gym, then head downstairs about 6:20. Downstairs we’ll have snacks and the youth will get into their small groups to check in with each other and we usually have a fun question of the day. About 6:35 we will have a show and tell of all the things we use at Mass. We will have time for questions and I might split the youth into their small groups so they can process what was talked about. Then we close in prayer and have announcements, ending the evening at 7:30.
Stephanie has agreed to join me to chaperone this event. Please let me know if your youth would like to attend or not so I can tell the Catholic Youth Director how many to expect by November 29. I have room to take four youth home afterwards. Any parents who would like to join us are very welcome. I think it would be easiest to meet at the Catholic Church parking lot at 5:45pm at 1600 E. Route 66 Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Let me know if you need to make other arrangements.
The regular Building Bridges lesson will be at 10am on Sunday, Dec 8. I hope to have a guest speaker who grew up Catholic talk about the religion from personal experience in addition to the other curriculum. I am going to be out of town the rest of December so as soon as we have two chaperones identified I will confirm the Mass attendance. I thought Sunday, December 15th would probably be best for the group. San Francisco de Asis has a 10am service in English every Sunday. So please let me know if you are able to chaperone the Mass outing!
Finally, I wanted to tell you that Rev. Robin has asked about leading a service with the Building Bridges Youth in the spring if they are interested. I will be checking with the youth at class in December. If you have thoughts or feelings about it please feel free to share them with me or Rev. Robin. I really like the idea but, of course, no pressure!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and thank you for supporting your youth’s spiritual journey!