Youth and Family Themes

Sunday Themes and Curriculum 

Our Theme for the Year: 100 Years of Science of Mind

Theme: Happiness & Fulfillment

December 2, 2018

Weekly topic: Forgiveness

  • Affirmations: 
  • I release all people, places, and things from expectation.
  • I allow Creation to be what it is.
  • I open myself to see the good.

Spiritual Quote:

I desire to be loved; therefore, I allow myself to love greatly, to feel warmly inclined toward people. I give as I wish to receive. (Adapted from Science of Mind, p. 557)

Opening Question:

What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?

Circle time: Class Prayer/Candle lighting and Offering – Mindfulness practice – Forgiveness Mantra:

This week our mindfulness practice will focus on forgiveness. Often when we are in a place of anger, sadness or discomfort with another (or ourselves), we tend to think about it over and over again. This practice gives us the opportunity to release those “type” of thoughts.

When using the word “you” it can be applied to a person, place, situation, thought or thing.  For today we are going to repeat these words in call and response 3 times.

The first round we go within – right hand placed over the heart – to settle anything or any thought we are ready to let go of.

The second round we place our hands, palms out, in front of us and direct our mantra to any person we may be ready to forgive.

The third round we lift our hands over our heads palms up and direct our mantra to any outside condition – local or world experience etc.…

I forgive you, I release you, and I set you free from all expectations. I grant you safe passage through my mind.

Spiritual Lesson: Forgiveness the path to freedom

 “It is impossible for us to have a sense of being forgiven while we condemn others.” Ernest Holmes

The Holiday Season is upon us. What better time than now, to set down thoughts that no longer serve our highest good, or to release and forgive our friends or family that we might disagree with. It’s no fun to carry angry or frustrated tension in our body; in fact, it might even hurt a little or a lot!

In fact, right smack in the middle of our Global Vision statement, it reads –

Where FORGIVENESS is the norm.  (Full copy attached below)

There is also a huge sense of freedom that comes from releasing the energy we hold when we are in a state of anger, frustration, disappointment or any other feelings we may carry in our minds and bodies when we are unwilling to forgive.

It’s also good to remember that forgiveness is NOT telling someone that

“It’s OK that you did that.” Forgiveness is not condoning (accepting) bad behavior it is about releasing the hurt feelings for your own well-being.

Now that we know this, we can practice it and we can shake off all the lingering effects so that we can get on with the business of being joyful, happy, loving and kind.

**Invite the children to stand up and wiggle/shake it out. Then celebrate how great it feels to be FREE!

Reading: 4-7 class:  Do Unto Others – Laurie Keller

8-12 Class: The Golden Rule – Ilene Cooper

Attentive Listening Discussion: 

We will have discussions around the message in the books and practice phrases that express forgiveness to others.

Teens: We will read Chap 14 of The Mindful Teen –Mindful Peacemaking at Home and discover new mindful practices we can use the instant we feel stressful feelings such as anger, frustration, or fear. We will learn where some of these feelings come from and discover steps to cultivate a heart of understanding and forgiveness.

We will use paper broken hearts to write down negative feelings we are hanging on to and add phrases of forgiveness to reconnect our hearts.

Activity or Creative Expression – Holiday Crafts and Gifts

We will use a bicycle wheel to show our connection with each other (hub) and with the Creator. As the spokes, when we get closer to the Creator, the closer we get to one another. And as we get closer to one another, we get closer to God. We will use forgiveness as a powerful tool to heal our relationship and explore how negative feelings separate us from others and our Creator.

(Each week this month we will be crafting and creating items we can share with our families or gift to them as presents for the Holidays)

 Sharing/Closing Circle:  Class Clean up:

Lesson created by Susan Robinson, RScP susan@cslsr.org and adapted by Adrienne Cherry youth@cslolympia.org


Dec 9, 2018

Theme: Happiness & Fulfillment

Weekly Topic: Kindness (The will to Live)

Affirmation:

My happiness is my kindness that I express in all areas of my life by demonstrating respect for myself and others.

Spiritual Quote:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Circle time: Class Prayer/Candle lighting and Offering – Mindfulness Practice:

Today’s mindfulness practice will be spread out for the remainder of the month as a way of blessing our selves and all of creation this Holiday Season.

This is another 3 part practice – the first blessing ourselves “I” (so that we are filled up to bless others) – the second “you” to bless someone we love (or someone who needs a little extra love) – the third “we” to the World.

If you know the tune you may also sing it, as it is a popular song among our Centers.

May I be filled with loving-kindness.

May I be well.

May I be peaceful and at ease and may I be happy.

(Repeat saying – May You – and then again saying May We)

Opening Question:  Share your name, then answer.

Beyond giving gifts to our loved ones, what could you do to express kindness to others during the holidays?

Spiritual Lesson: Kindness – The Will to Live –

We are born to be happy, to live creatively, to love, to sing, to dance and to express ourselves to the fullest.” Adapted from LSOM pg406

Kindness and happiness don’t always go together. There are times in our lives when we may not feel happy, yet we can continue to be kind to others. There are also times when our unhappiness feels like a weight upon our very being. Internally and externally we may feel like everything is in slow motion and our will to live with joy becomes like a dim light bulb.

Sometimes these feelings rise up when we are sad, or something in our life hasn’t worked out the way we thought it might. It’s perfectly okay to feel this way – yet we may not wish to live with those feelings forever. When we notice we are experiencing sad/lonely/or anxious feelings it is helpful to have a practice that reminds us of our inherent connection to the Divine. Ways that remind us that we ARE love and loved and are a part of something greater than these darker thoughts. We must remember and tap into our Will to LIVE.

Our mindfulness practice today is a good place to start. In fact, we can change the words a bit to say “I AM filled with loving-kindness, I AM well, I AM peaceful and at ease and I AM happy”.  The truth is we are filled with loving kindness always, even when we don’t feel it. It never leaves us completely – we just sometimes forget.

“Good flows in every direction. Giving and receiving, and receiving and giving, the channel is never stopped.” Living the Science Of Mind, pg407

Let’s share together some of the things we can do to express kindness to ourselves when we are feeling down, sad or anxious. What do you do to remember your Good?

Reading: (In class and extended reading suggestions for parents)

How full is your Bucket for kids – Mary Reckmeyer

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed – Emily Pearson

The Invisible Boy – Patrice Barton

Three Questions – Jon J Muth

Attentive Listening Discussion: 

The youth will choose from our book list, have discussions around the message in the book and claim what act of kindness we will express to others in the next week.

Teens: We will read Chap 14 of The Mindful Teen –Mindful Peacemaking at Home and discover new mindful practices we can use the instant we feel stressful feelings such as anger, frustration, or fear. We will learn steps to cultivate a heart of understanding and forgiveness while discovering creative ways our kindness can heal a relationship.

We will watch a Life Vest kindness video, create 10 Acts of Kindness cards that we will perform in this month, and look at RAK apps. As we complete an act of kindness, we will give that card to the person receiving the kindness to repeat the act of kindness and keep it going out in the world.

Activity or Creative Expression – Holiday Crafts and Gifts

We will use a bicycle wheel to show our connection with each other (hub) and with the Creator. As the spokes, when we get closer to the Creator, the closer we get to one another. And as we get closer to one another, we get closer to God. We will use forgiveness as a powerful tool to heal our relationship and explore how negative feelings separate us from others and our Creator.

(Each week this month both classes will be crafting and creating items we can share with our families or gift to them as presents for the Holidays)

Sharing/Closing Circle:  Class Clean up

Lesson created by Susan Robinson, RScP susan@cslsr.org and adapted by Adrienne Cherry youth@cslolympia.org


December 16, 2018

Theme: Happiness & Fulfillment

Weekly Topic: Spiritual Conviction

Affirmation: 

“The Spirit within me fills me with Love, Joy and Peace”

Adapted from Living the Science Of Mind, pg. 410

 Spiritual Quote:

“What is Spiritual conviction? It means we are absolutely convinced that God is Good, that Spirit is at the Center of our being and at the outmost reaches of the Cosmos.” Rev. CC Coltrain

Circle time: Class Prayer/Candle lighting and Offering – Mindfulness Practice

We will be doing this practice for the remainder of the month.

First, we bless ourselves “I” (so that we are filled up to bless others) – the second “you” to bless someone we love (or someone who needs a little extra love) – the third “we” to the World.

If you know the tune you may also sing it, as it is a popular song among our Centers.

May I be filled with loving-kindness.

May I be well.

May I be peaceful and at ease and may I be happy.

Opening Question:  Share your name, then answer.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Spiritual Lesson: Spiritual Conviction

Teachers: Open the class by asking the students what they believe the word “conviction” means. Have fun with the answers…

(Per the Dictionary –  A firmly held belief – A state of mind full of truth and belief. Also, a decision made in a court of law by a jury or a Judge)

Today we are going to explore our Spiritual Convictions. We’ve spent almost an entire year learning about our beliefs, spiritual practices and the teachings of The Science of Mind. Think back to some of the things you’ve learned and to what you believe to be true about Spirit/God.

Take turns – answering what you know to be true about either this teaching or God. Try NOT to repeat what someone else has said. What is true for YOU?  (Some ideas to get started, or as a reminder – That God is everywhere in all things. There is a power for good and we can use it. Life is for us, never against us. God is LOVE)

In the poetic words of our founder Ernest Holmes

“Our mental vision must be guided by the star of hope and not the illusion of despair. We are to know that the Spirit triumphs over everything, Love is all-conquering, Joy becomes supreme.”

(Mental vision = our thoughts)

Celebrate all the ways we collectively express the Divine. Maybe do a quick appreciation circle – say one nice thing about your neighbor etc. to close the lesson.

Reading: (In class and extended reading suggestions for parents)

Pete the Cat – 12 Groovy days of Christmas or

Pete the Cat saves Christmas  – Kimberly & James Dean

The Polar Express – Chris Val Allsburg

Attentive Listening Discussion: 

The youth will choose from our book list and have discussions around the message in the book.

Teens: We will share some belief’s about ourselves that we honor by holding true to them in the face of doubt. We will explore areas in our lives where we give into doubt and sacrifice our truth at times.

We will take turns reading CSL’s Global Vision and practice having conversations where we express what our spiritual beliefs are to create confidence in our own individual conviction and expression of our Truth.

Activity or Creative Expression – Holiday Crafts and Gifts

We will work on a special Christmas project craft to give to a loved one and to donate to our Teen Camp sales table.

(Each week this month both classes will be crafting and creating items we can share with our families or gift to them as presents for the Holidays)

Sharing/Closing Circle:  Class Clean up:

Lesson created by Susan Robinson, RScP susan@cslsr.org and adapted by Adrienne Cherry youth@cslolympia.org