Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Supporting Families on Sundays

Update: The winter storm created a magical backdrop while the children created delicious applesauce! The storm thinned out our numbers a bit, but the Meetinghouse was warm and the day was a success--and I'll be better prepared with a "snow date" for our next session, just in case. 


What do families and children need for a successful Meeting for Worship experience?

We (some of the over-50 crowd in the Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center) have been asking parents. You would think, so many of us having been parents with young children in the past, we would have a pretty good idea already--and I think we do. 

But ... It's been a while since we've had to encourage a toddler to keep their shoes on, finish their breakfast and go to the potty before wrestling them into a car seat for the drive to Meeting. It's easy to forget how many demands parents face establishing a family and career and how little "quiet time" this generation gets! 

So, this is our recipe for providing a comfortable blend of a relaxed space for wiggly legs and high pitched voices and also offering a bit of silence and a chance to dwell in inner light for busy parents. Once a month, we'll have a special exploration with children while parents have Meeting for Worship followed by a "themed" family style lunch.  

November 2: Harvest Time & Stewardship Testimony

Children’s Activity: Making Applesauce (to share at lunch!). Read aloud: Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears by Cynthia Rylant. Exploration (good weather and indoor alternative): Find the Meeting’s apple trees OR find the apple. Perhaps introduce song “Simple Gifts.” Terms for talking about: recycling, “drop apples,” preserves/ing, sharing gifts.

     Testimony of Stewardship: Friends strive to use our gifts wisely, with gifts conceived of in 
     the broadest of terms... To Friends, good stewardship means taking care of what has 
     been given, not just for ourselves, but for the people around us and for future generations 
     as well. Friends strive to use their gifts in accordance with their beliefs.

Luncheon theme: Local harvest products featuring apples, pumpkins, etc. Main items: Harvest soup, mac & cheese casserole, bread & butter.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bringing it Home ...

Many of us were involved in the People's Climate March on September 21, including Andy. She returned with stories, pictures, and enthusiasm for, as she says, "bringing it home." Andy's the impetus behind this program:


An estimated 400,000 people filled the streets of New York City two weeks ago, calling for world leaders to take bold action on global climate change. More than 1000 Mainers of all ages joined them, traveling by bus, bicycle, train, and carpool.

On Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7pm, several of those march participants from the midcoast will share their personal stories and reflections from the historic event, bringing the energy and inspiration back home. Joining them will be activists from the Damariscotta and Boothbay areas, who are working on exciting local energy solutions that will help area residents and businesses lower their energy use.

A short film narrated by Morgan Freeman that opened the UN Summit on Climate Change will be shown.