Youth and Family Curriculum

Sunday Themes and Curriculum 2020
Our Theme for the Year: Spirituality in Action

Special Message from our youth director, Adrienne Cherry:

CSL Olympia Youth & Family are supporting our youth and teens by providing ongoing parent-guided curriculum lessons which will include mindfulness practices, video books, activities, family connecting games and conversation. Teens have two CSL Teen Zoom meet-up opportunities hosted by San Jose CSL Teens every Sunday at 12 pm and a mid-week check-in every Wednesday at 5 pm. They also have a weekly check-in option with our own teen advisor.

August 9, 2020 – Diversity and Inclusion

Value: Who Are We?

Principal/SOM point of view:

We are rooted in the One, which produces limitless variety.

Affirmation:

I see the sacred, I hear the sacred, I speak the sacred, All Life is Sacred!

Rev. Sunshine Daye

Circle up – Mindfulness practice and Prayer:  Namaste Breath)

For this month’s mindfulness practice, we are going to be doing a motion activity called “Namaste Breath” (Translation – the Spirit in me honors the Spirit in you)

Spiritual Lesson: Unique but Different – Who Are We?

Today as we continue our exploration of Diversity we look at two more words and how they apply in our lives, Unique and Different.

From Rev. Sunshine Daye – Unique = The Only one of its kind. Singularity.

Different = A point or way in which two things or people are not the same.

Notice all the different kinds of flowers that are blooming in the summer. They are all flowers, unique in their own expression yet different from the other. Just like many of the examples we looked at last week – Diversity is everywhere.

“A Stained Glass Spirit community is one where each person is recognized as a unique expression of God and their individual strength and beauty become essential elements that contribute to a lively and inspiring collective experience.” Tracy Brown

Today we will explore some of the ways we are unique and different. Some questions to contemplate is what are some of the ways your are alike and different from your friends and family. What name do you use for your grandma or grandpa? Who is in your family? Do you eat dinner at the same time together? What is your favorite pizza topping, flavor of ice-cream, color, book, game to play? How many teeth have your lost?

Our unique gifts and talents are a benefit to the whole. Our differences can be embraced as strengths when we appreciate and celebrate one another for who we are – God expressing beautifully and magnificently as you and me. Infinite possibility is now at hand.”

Rev. Sunshine Daye

Active Listening:  We will watch a Storyline Online book reading of “A Bad Case of Stripes” and contemplate how being true to ourselves will set us free.

Creative Expression:  My Stained Glass Spirit

We will show off our stained glass art we were sent as a home project and discuss how they are alike and different and all beautifully made.


August 2, 2020

Diversity and Inclusion

Value: Diversity

Affirmation: “We are rooted in the One Life, which produce limitless variety. I celebrate and honor the variety of Life Itself!”  Rev. Karen Fry

Spiritual Lesson: Diversity and Inclusion

Our topic this month for the month of August is Diversity and Inclusion, two big words and concepts for us to explore together.

Remember each of us are created out of the same God stuff and we are each filled with lots of great qualities like love, joy, peace, beauty, power and compassion. Yet no two of us are exactly the same. We are unique and… all part of One Divine essence all at the same time!

We are connected with all Life and the same beauty and love we have inside is also inside of every living thing.

Active Listening: We will read the book Be My Neighbor and discuss how we are showing up to our neighbors.

Creative Expression:  Collaborate – Made together art!

We will take a tour of our planet, its beautiful plants, animals, and humans that help create our colorful world. We will practice saying our shared God-qualities with different forms of life and begin designing our “stained glass spirit” collaborative art piece.

Game: Link of Interests

We will take turns sharing statements about ourselves to our group and are invited to raise our hands when we hear a statement that is also true for us.


July Theme: Freedom/Choice

July’s lessons encourage us to uncover our truth. Living in that truth we get to experience ultimate freedom.

Week #2: Living an Empowered Life

Affirmation: “I am free to be the best me that I AM” –Author unknown

Mindfulness practice and Prayer: Ecstatic Dance: This month’s mindfulness practice is a movement meditation to beat music (no vocals or very ambient sounds, choose what works for you). Everybody dances in any way they feel inspired… like no one is watching!

Spiritual Lesson: “We live empowered lives by having an unshakable and firm foundation in the love and light of God, and upon that foundation we nurture and develop that relationship with God by the use of spiritual practices. We use mindfulness and introspection to become self-aware, meditation to connect, and believe in and live in principles based in love. From those principles we practice non-judgment and eliminate blame and shame from our lives. In this way we live empowered lives. We use spiritual mind treatment to affirm our good and move our focus from them and onto ourselves.”  – Rev. Karen Linsley

Active Listening: We will be reading a story from the book Free To Be… You and Me by Marlo Thomas

Creative Expression: Today is show and tell. We will share all of our creative expressive art, adventures, and stories.

We will go over 8 Steps to Personal Empowerment and draw pictures of ourselves open to possibilities, expressing our truth to the world, being our best, trusting ourselves, trying something new, loving what we do, showing grace during difficult times, and enjoying what is happening now.


July 19, 2020: Freedom – Living in Choice

Affirmation: “I choose to live a kind and compassionate life, honoring all living beings and the planet that sustains them.” Rev. Sandra Smith

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July 12, 2020: Freedom –Moving beyond our story

Mindfulness practice and Prayer: Ecstatic Dance

This month’s mindfulness practice is a movement meditation to beat music (no vocals or very ambient sounds, choose what works for you). Everybody dances in any way they feel inspired… like no one is watching!

Spiritual Lesson: Moving beyond our story

We all tell stories.  Sometimes we do it when we are with friends, teachers, family even strangers.  Any time we recall and verbally share an event from our past we are telling a story of what occurred.  Some times our stories are based on fact, sometimes they are made up or fantasy. 

Anytime we remember our good, that we have the power and potential to change our thinking, we shift out of old stories and into new light filled possibility.

Creative Expression: Pick a summer project

Today we share what fun summer project that we are working on. Youth will be given indoor and outdoor projects to choose from in addition to their own creative ideas.

Teens: Transforming our stories

Teens often get stuck in the trap of re-telling stories of discontent. It is a sometimes but not always situation as some of our teens have the ability to move beyond their “stories” quickly.

Spend some time with your groups and investigate if there are any old stories that are being replayed in their minds. Is there something that is holding them back, or causing them to feel anxious and limiting them from using the full potential and power of the creative Law of Mind?


June 28, 2020

June Theme: Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an essential education tool. It develops attention, emotional and cognitive understanding, and bodily awareness and coordination, as well as interpersonal awareness and skills. Most importantly, by diminishing stress, anxiety, and hostility, mindfulness enhances our total well-being, peace, confidence, and joy… Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help children develop the skills to promote peace in them and in the world around them.” –Thick Nhat Hanh

This month we will be utilizing the lessons and activities from the book, Planting Seeds by Thick Nhat Hanh to experience and play with Mindfulness.

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June 14, 2020

Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an essential education tool. It develops attention, emotional and cognitive understanding, and bodily awareness and coordination, as well as interpersonal awareness and skills. Most importantly, by diminishing stress, anxiety, and hostility, mindfulness enhances our total well-being, peace, confidence, and joy… Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help children develop the skills to promote peace in them and in the world around them.” –Thick Nhat Hanh

This month we will be utilizing the lessons and activities from the book, Planting Seeds by Thick Nhat Hanh to experience and play with Mindfulness.

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June 7, 2020

Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an essential education tool. It develops attention, emotional and cognitive understanding, and bodily awareness and coordination, as well as interpersonal awareness and skills. Most importantly, by diminishing stress, anxiety, and hostility, mindfulness enhances our total well-being, peace, confidence, and joy… Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help children develop the skills to promote peace in them and in the world around them.” –Thick Nhat Hanh

This month we will be utilizing the lessons and activities from the book, Planting Seeds by Thick Nhat Hanh to experience and play with Mindfulness.

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MAY 2020

May 31 2020

Theme: Listen To Your Heart

Weekly Topic: These Hands (and Feet)

Opening Song: When You Believe by Eddie Watkins Jr.- LIVE (Mile Hi Church) – WE will start our class listening/dancing to this song to start creating our miracles!  

Affirmation:  “The Creative Power of Spirit is moving through you. Just do it.” – adapted from Tom Kelly

Spiritual Quote: “Today, I consciously and powerfully let go of the past and create my life from love!” Rev. Sunshine Daye

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May 24, 2020

Theme: Listen To Your Heart

Weekly Topic: The Path That’s Clear

Affirmation: “Today is a day of wonder. I welcome the wonder of this day to fill me to overflowing with joy, peace and happiness.” Susan Robinson, RScP

Spiritual Quote: “Today, I consciously and powerfully let go of the past and create my life from love!” Rev. Sunshine Daye

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May 17 2020

Theme: Listen To Your Heart

Weekly Topic: The Great Work of Your Life

Affirmation: “Today is a day of wonder. I welcome the wonder of this day to fill me to overflowing with joy, peace and happiness.” Susan Robinson, RScP

Spiritual Quote: “God’s Mind is the only mind there is and God is Eterna. We live because God lives in us, and we are able to think because the Mind of God is in us.” Living the Science of Mind, p. 173

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May 10, 2020

Theme: Listen to Your Heart

Weekly Topic: God Talks to the Heart

Affirmation: “I am guided and supported by Divine Love every day in every way. I trust and live a fulfilled life from my heart.” Rev. Jill Broklehurst

Spiritual Quote: “We could coin no better expression than to say that God speaks to the heart through a language of feeling, a feeling which is affirmative.” Living the Science of Mind, pg. 164.

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May 3, 2020

Theme: Listen to Your Heart

Weekly Topic: Seat of the Soul  

 Affirmation:  “Heaven is here. I allow its inherent presence to resurface, reenergize, and reset my mind.” — Rev. David Ault

Spiritual Quote: “Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

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April 2020

April 19, 2020

Theme:  Transformation and Evolution

Weekly Topic:  Demonstrating the Invisible

 Affirmation:  “Today, the word I speak is spirit and life giving.  I am the Truth and nothing but the Truth.” –Rev. Carolyn J. Douglas Senior Minister Illuminata Spiritual Center

Spiritual Quote:“Every living soul is a point of personified God-consciousness… Know that within you now dwells the eternal God, for all the presence, all the power, and all the God there is, is with you and in you now.” (Love and Law, page 146.2, 3)

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April 12, 2020 – Transformation and Evolution

Weekly Topic – Broken Open/Easter

Affirmation: 

“I praise my life, I raise my life, in the name of Love.” –Rev. Dr. Kathy Hearn

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April 8, 2020

Theme: Transformation and Evolution

Weekly Topic: Bright Beginnings

Affirmation: I choose Love today and I know that Love always points me in the best direction. Knowing this truth, I blossom. –Adrienne Cherry adapted from Rev. Karen Rice.

Spiritual Quote: “Love points the way. Law makes the way possible.” Science of Mind, pg 43.

See this week’s full curriculum HERE.


March


March 29 2020 – All Experiences of the Divine

Weekly Topic: How to Create a Spiritual Chain Reaction

Affirmation:

“The beauty of life surrounds me. My power is to be with who I am right now.” – Adrienne Cherry

Spiritual Quote:

“It is wonderful to realize that we can sit in the quiet of our own being and consciously direct a Power greater than we are for the definite purpose of helping ourselves and someone else.” Living the Science of Mind, pg. 241

See this week’s full curriculum HERE.


March 23 2020 – You Are Rooted in the Divine

Weekly Topic: Self-Evident Truth within You (LSOM p. 141)

Spiritual Quote:

“You are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for God to be the unique person it has created you to be. There’s never going to be another you, ever! God made just one. Nobody talks like you. Nobody thinks as you do. No one can love the way you can love. You’re an original piece of work, created by a Master Artist.” Rev. Chris Michaels

See this week’s full curriculum HERE


March 15, 2020 – You Are Rooted in the Divine

Weekly Topic – Self Awareness in Action

Affirmation: 

“I am a spiritual being demonstrating my invisible power in physical form.” –Adrienne Cherry

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March 8, 2020

Weekly Topic – Creating Sacred Relationships

Affirmation: 

“All that I am and all that I will ever be is an expression of God.” – Rev. David Ault

See this week’s full curriculum HERE


March 1, 2020

Theme: You Are Rooted in the Divine

Weekly Topic: Your Personal Self

 Spiritual Lesson: Your personal Self:
We have within us the ability to tune into what is sometimes called our big self—the God/Spirit self and act from love, peace, kindness and confidence every moment. All it takes is our awareness and willingness to believe we are rooted in the divine.

See this week’s full curriculum HERE


February: All the Colors of Love


February 23, 2020

Weekly #4: Seeing Love with Belief, Faith and Prayer

Affirmation: “I am love, I am purpose, I was made with divine Intention.” Rebekah Boruki – bex.life.com

See this week’s curriculum HERE.


February 16, 2020

Week #3: Receiving Revelations of Spirit

Affirmation: 
“Freely and joyously, I open to Divine Guidance as it is revealed to me, moment by moment.”  Rev. Trish Hall

See the curriculum for this week HERE


February 9, 2020

Week #2: Love is My Spiritual Essence

Affirmation: 
“Today I express my Spiritual essence by spreading joy, kindness and love to everyone I come in contact with.”  Susan Robinson, RScP

See this week’s entire curriculum HERE

February 2, 2020

Week #1: Love is My Religion

 Spiritual Quote:
“There is a Power for good in the Universe greater than we are and we can use it. This power is equally present everywhere and available to ALL. There are many religions in the world, but there is only One reality, One truth.” Rev. Gerd Pontow

See this week’s entire curriculum HERE


January: Getting Grounded (Back to Basics)


January 26, 2020

Week #4: Levels of Consciousness and The Global Vision

Message: We envision a world that works for everyone and for all of creation. UNITY.

As we begin our journey together this New Year, you are invited to imagine how the world would look and feel if we all got along. How wonderful it would be if we all shared our resources; treated our planet and each other with respect, acted from kindness, practiced forgiveness, explored our creativity, gave back to the World and lived our lives filled with Peace, Love and Harmony as a Global Family.  That’s what we get to practice this new year of 2020.

See the entire curriculum HERE.


January 19, 2020

Week #3: Thoughts are Things

Message: There are no limitations in our life other than the ones we have placed there. When we feel a sense of God within us we seem to lose all of our self-centeredness. This week, we will use the parable of The Good Samaritan to demonstrate the way we think, feel and act toward others governs the results we experience. It is in our own thought that love and harmony or hate and discord have their beginnings.

Quote: “Stand guard at the portals of your mind, and decide what you will let enter there.” –paraphrasing Mary Baker Eddy

See this week’s entire curriculum HERE


January 12, 2020

Week #2: How to Use Thought

Affirmation: My thoughts are Law in Action

Spiritual Lesson:

Everything in the universe acts in accordance with Law, behaving in an orderly manner.  An idea or thought must precede the appearance of anything of a tangible nature.

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January 5, 2020

Week #1: In the Beginning, God!

Spiritual Lesson: What is the Science of Mind?

Ernest Holmes studied many different faith traditions in his lifetime. His study focused on the points in which we all agree or have in common. He developed a scientific approach to explain how the Infinite Intelligence of Mind, (another word for God or Spirit) works in our individual minds. He created a teaching tool to help explain how our thoughts become our experience and he encouraged his students to practice noticing how their thoughts shaped their experience.

See this week’s entire curriculum HERE

Click HERE to view 2019 Curriculum