Youth and Family Themes
May: Adventures in Prosperity – The Stories
This month the Youth Ministry is joining in the Adventure in Prosperity series. Adventures in Prosperity is using the book, Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth. The Youth Ministry will be exploring selected stories from this work and relate them to how the principles of prosperity working in our lives.
Week #1 – May 7: Writing My Story
Main Message: Life is not what happens to you. You create the life you live. Your thoughts are powerful forces in creating your life. As Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Understanding your thoughts about money is the first step to teaching personal responsibility. Understanding needs versus wants and delayed gratification gives you the ability to have control of your money and finances.
Reading: We will read page 42 of the book Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth and discover how we have control over our thoughts, and when we put our thoughts in a position where they are focused on the kinds of conditions we want to see in our life, those are the conditions that are likely to occur. We will read the book Weslandia by Paul Fleischman – about a boy who decides to create the self-sufficient world he wanted to live in and discovers he has many reformed followers.
Activity: We will make a take-home game symbolizing how goal-setting and perseverance can help us achieve. As we play our game, we will describe the “mental equivalent” to something we want, reinforcing the importance to create images and feelings with our desired thought.
Tweens/Teens: We will learn that the Science of Mind talks about the mental equivalent – the importance of knowing and feeling a situation you want to create now along with your thought in order to create what you desire. We will practice realizing that we are a center of Divine attraction that all things come to and that our power within is going out and drawing back all that we will ever need.
Affirmations: My story begins with me. My imagination is a powerful thing.
Week #2 – May 14: Shifting My Story
Main Message: Our perceptions about situations in our lives can sometimes change over time. We use stories from literature and nature to show what could be considered a bad turn could actually be the start of a beautiful gift. What appears to be bad was actually the best thing that could have happened to move forward.
Reading: We will read the book, The Earth Is My Mother by Bev Doolittle and discuss how even things in nature go through a struggle or change in order to become its beautiful potential, just as we did being born. We will discover that situations that appear to be unsettling can become great opportunities for joy as we choose to look at them differently.
Activity: We will make a symbolization of something in nature that was created through irritation and, through perseverance, became one of the most beautiful natural creations. We will gift this to our mothers as we honor her struggles she went through to help us to become the great spirits that we are. We will honor the Divine feminine in all of us and in nature.
Tweens/Teens: We will practice taking the most difficult thing facing us, write it, throw away in a basket and reach into the basket to find a gift. We will make a declaration that it is the best thing that could happen to us and that we know there is a lesson happening and that there is a possibility of limitless opportunity to give birth to new ideas, new strength, and new vision. Something wonderful is on its way.
Affirmations: There is good for me in every situation.
Week #3 – May 21: Blessing My Story
Main Message: Sharing our talents and treasures with others lifts up everyone. When we are in gratitude for what we have, we create more to be grateful for. Look at the areas of your life where you feel gratitude.
Reading: We will read page 94 of the book Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth and discover that “The grateful heart will always attract to itself…the great things needed to solve the particular situation.” We will watch the videos, Teaching Positive Thinking on YouTube, and The Gratitude Experiment by watchwellcast.
Activity: We will invite the children to create a Gratitude Journal that they will write in for 5 minutes each night for the next week. We will go on a nature walk and discover our gratitude for life. Finally, we will create Thank-You Notes in class and share them with each other in our Gratitude Circle and receive the abundance of love.
Tweens/Teens: We will practice taking the most difficult thing facing us and make a declaration that it is the best thing that could happen to us and that we know there is a lesson happening and that there is a possibility of limitless opportunity to give birth to new ideas, new strength, and new vision. Something wonderful is on its way.
Affirmations: I discover the wonder of giving when I give with a grateful heart. I am grateful for the awareness that everything is always abundantly supplied.
Week #4 – May 28: Believing My Story
Main Message: Spiritual well-being is the expectancy of your good. However, things do not come out of thin air. There is a saying in Science of Mind, “treat and move your feet”.
Reading: We will read page 81 of the book Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth, and discuss when Jesus said, “All things are possible to them that believe”, he meant that we can realize our true inner potential. Faith is allowing our own uniqueness to unfold, and allowing things that are attracted to us to manifest in our life. We will read a story about a stranded pilot who had to face either giving up and dying, or attempt to do something impossible by convincing himself that he could do the impossible.
Activity: We will do a self-portrait using mixed art and write or draw ourselves doing an activity that we love or want to be doing.
Tweens/Teens: We will watch a video about a homeless boy who steals the talent show, and discuss how our attitudes have an impact on our success. We will discuss what Jesus meant when he said, “Greater works than these will ye do if you can believe”, and the statement “…you will always receive what you actually expect.”
Affirmations: My actions speak louder than my words. I believe I can.