Camp Beech Grove welcomes children (rising Kindergarten to rising 3rd Grade) who want to connect with each other and nature, learn about the outdoor world in which they live, and have time to play in the forest. The children will have an opportunity to experience the sacredness of all people, plants and animals. We’ll do yoga, hear sacred stories, sing, dig in the dirt, have hands-on nature and science activities, play, and learn the ways of compassionate communication. Our church is in the midst of the Central UCC Nature Preserve: a forest sanctuary for people, native plants and pollinators. The camp will have weekly sessions, Monday to Friday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, June 1 to July 10. We are now offering a discount and holding the cost at $175 until further notice. Please download the application for more details.
The week of June 8-12, we will also have a rising 4th & 5th Grade group.
The theme for our stewardship program this year is: Grounded, Generous and Growing. Our offerings of time, talent and treasure are like roots that nourish a tree. The roots of our congregation are also grounded in our history, values and passion for the realm of God. The tree's trunk can symbolize the ways we generously share faith together with one another and with all whom we welcome. The leaves of the tree can represent our diverse and growing outreach ministries. To borrow the quote from Revelation 22, "the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."
Over the next few weeks, in Sunday Worship and via special editions of the E-News we will consider our stewardship of Central UCC's Tree of Life with grounded pew-roots, a generous table-trunk and growing cross-leaves all yielding life abundant.
Commitment Sunday is March 29, Palm Sunday.
- I will be offering two embodied spiritual practices of meditation and mindfulness: Spirit Flow and Spirit Stillness. Spirit Flow is a more “active” practice of meditation in movement; Spirit Stillness is a supported and restorative practice that includes journaling.
- Revs Ginnie and Lacey will be providing a meal and intergenerational gathering space on Wednesday nights; it’s not a potluck—simply come and receive.
- Revs Maureen and Sally and I are planning a “Service for Wholeness and Healing” on Sunday, March 8 at 6:00pm.
- On Sunday, March 22, following a similar form of the Winter Solstice event, we will have a Vernal Equinox celebration. Participants will be invited to “let go” of something into the fire of transformation (or just have s’mores and enjoy the fellowship).
I invite you to explore the personal and communal potential of a mindful pilgrimage through Lent. Like good compost, we will turn the theme of “letting go” in many different ways. Notice the surprise of an invitation; there may be a “spring that waits to be,” ready to be reveal this season.
In hopes of wholeness,
Holy week is our Christian story of death and resurrection. We will walk through the week celebrating with worship on Maundy Thursday (April 2, 7:00 pm), Good Friday (April 3, 7:00 pm) and Easter (April 5, 7:00, 8:30 and 11:00 am). We also have an Easter Breakfast (9:00-10:30 am) and an Easter Egg Hunt (10:00 am) on Sunday April 5. For more information, please download a Holy Week flyer here.
K to 1st Grades and 4th & 5th Grades
We teach K-1st graders and 4th and 5th graders, Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education during January to March of alternate years. A class for K to 1st Grade will be offered in Winter/Spring 2016. Our next class for 4th and 5th grades will be Winter/Spring 2017.The Our Whole Lives (OWL) values include: Self Worth, Sexual Health, Responsibility, and Justice and Inclusivity. In eight one-hour workshops, OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. Our Whole Lives K-1 supports parents, teachers and pastors in educating children about birth and sexuality. The program affirms all kinds of families and helps children identify and avoid sexual abuse. It helps children in Grades 4-5 understand the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants explore values, communication and decision-making, as well as physical health and development.