Youth and Family Curriculum

Sunday Themes and Curriculum 

2021 Sunday Themes and Curriculum

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.


2021 MONTHLY THEMES

Timeless Wisdom, Evolutionary Vision: We welcome youth on a journey of higher consciousness centered in timeless wisdom and pulled forward by evolutionary vision. Woven throughout the year are our spiritual principles, our global vision, and our commitment to inclusion, creating a balance of theory and practical application suitable to the present and to the leading edge of our movement. The journey becomes both personal and collective transformation.

September 26th — Reaching Higher: And Still I Rise   

Affirmation: “The power of God rises in me and I am free.”

Spiritual Lesson: Understanding  

Every part of our journey is useful and necessary for that which Spirit wants to express as us. Nothing is wasted. All is good. As your rise up from a challenge, you amplify your spiritual truth. Whether it be a matter of health, supply, happiness, success, harmonious relationships, or any other aspect of our life, in and behind it is the creative is the causative, creative pattern of our thought.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will watch a motivational short film: Teamwork can make a Dreamwork and sing along to the lyrics I’m Still Standing – Taron Egerton (song by Elton John)

Creative Expression –   Expanding through the Challenge    

With expansion in mind, youth use the light-heartedness of gratitude to reset their emotional state. Youth share their silliest, funniest, or most joyful expressions and name something new they will try in the next week.

Connecting: Affirmations of Love/Still I Feel Lucky

Youth take turns being showered with God qualities shared on the message board while they close their eyes. They then read aloud their truths.

We roll a virtual ball to each person and say one thing that bothers us and roll to someone else saying something positive about the same topic.


September 19th — Reaching Higher: When the Road Gets Rocky  

Affirmation: “I look with my understanding instead of my eyes to see the way to fly.”

Spiritual Lesson: Understanding  

We live in a world of endless possibilities, yet we often choose to exist in a life that is limited. It is only when we truly begin to understand the power that lies within us that we find our wings – then we begin soar! What are some limitations people your age use to keep themselves from “soaring?” Do you know people who have gone beyond limitations that were set for them? What thoughts might have helped these role models understand their own truth?

Active Listening: Book/Music

With meditative music, we will ask questions about what we already know about ourselves in a contemplation exercise. We will share any insights.

Creative Expression –   “Who We Are” Mandala Collage   

Youth will experience a new way of seeing and will “challenge the appearance” of their lives by creating a collage that answers who am I?, what do I want?, and what is important to me? We will share our images and our friends say what they think each other’s images say about them. After some silent reflection, youth will be invited to challenge their own thoughts of who they are in silence and then be given time to find additional images.

Connecting: Affirmations of Love

Youth take turns being showered with God qualities shared on the message board while they close their eyes. They then read aloud their truths.  


September 12th — Reaching Higher: Transcend and Include  

Affirmation: “I am a member of a global family. I commit to doing my part in protecting our Mother Earth and all life upon her.”

Spiritual Lesson: Compassion

We are comingled like water in the ocean; impossible to determine where one drop begins or ends because there is no separation of individualized expressions of the One. Compassion is the practice of the principle of Oneness. Compassion respects and honors the True Nature of others, all life and us. Compassion is claiming the same good for others that we accept for ourselves. Forgiveness is a significant way to practice compassion.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will look at the book: The Art of Optical Illusions by Terry Stickels, and Masters of Deception by Al Seckel and discuss our first interpretations of the image and how it affected the message, how we felt, and what we think the true meaning is. We will reflect on what seems to be important versus what really is and share something we think is true about ourselves that may not really be true.

Our music selection is True Colors – Music Travel Love  

Creative Expression –   “Who We Are” Mandala Collage   

Youth will experience a new way of seeing and will “challenge the appearance” of their lives by creating a collage that answers who am I?, what do I want?, and what is important to me? We will share our images and our friends say what they think each other’s images say about them. After some silent reflection, youth will be invited to challenge their own thoughts of who they are in silence and then be given time to find additional images.

Connecting: Affirmations of Love

Youth take turns being showered with God qualities shared on the message board while they close their eyes. They then read aloud their truths.  


September 5th — A Pause for Guidance: Reaching Higher

Affirmation: “I am a member of a global family. I commit to doing my part in protecting our Mother Earth and all life upon her.”

Spiritual Lesson: Caring

“Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people you say and do things that help them. When you do a careful job, you give it your best effort. Caring comes from within. It is a sign of love. When you care for someone, you notice how they feel and what they need. Caring is a special way of paying attention.”

○ In what ways are we practicing caring in our lives?

○ Do we handle things carefully – or with reckless abandon?

○ How do you like to be treated? Do you treat others the same way?

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will read The Curious Garden by Peter Brown about “one boy’s quest for a greener world…one garden at a time.” -goodreads

Our music video selection is Humble And Kind by Tim McGraw

Creative Expression –   Jr. Tedx Talk: A talent for sharing  

Youth are encouraged to do something they love and share it with others the week prior to Sunday’s class. During class, youth are invited to push past their comfort zones to do a junior Ted Talk on an insight they have discovered about themselves by doing what they love to do.

Connecting: RAK  

We will visit the randomactsofkindness site and share videos to inspire acts of kindness we can do as a group and then make a plan!


August 29th — A Pause for Guidance: Rise and RE-Emerge

5th Sunday Youth/Adult Service: Youth will join in the community service today!

Lesson Idea: Re-emerge through self-care and self-awareness. Being in alignment with the highest spiritual principle, by practicing awareness of why and how we do things.

Discussion:

Answer – who are you? (what qualities do you already have that will help align you with your purpose or the experience you want in life?)

Align – recognize who you are, align yourself with affirmative prayer to the spiritual principle-renewal.

Action – what can you do as you continue self-awareness, self-care, and alignment?

Conclusion:

So we are called to pause along our journey and do a tune-up before continuing the next phase of our journey – rediscover self, be curious, have some fun, be still, create, imagine – feeling renewed and in alignment.

Youth/Adult Community Activity:

Youth will be in breakout groups with adults answering some reflective questions and then sharing an image their group creates that symbolizes the group’s idea of being in alignment with self as spirit.


August 22nd 2021 — A Pause for Guidance: GPS Guidance Positioning System

Affirmation: I hear the still small voice expressing its Love through me.

Spiritual Lesson: GPS – God Positioning System

Spirituality is the ability to recognize that there is intelligence beyond our five senses. There is a universal power that creates and governs everything within and beyond the worlds we know, and that power is omnipresent. We can surrender to this supreme intelligence through our awareness. We call this universal power by different names as per our religious faith. -By Vidya Hattangadi

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will learn about how The Global Positioning System works and relate that to why it’s beneficial to constantly position ourselves for the best possible outcome, first becoming aware of where are focus is at different times.

Creative Expression – Guidance Positioning System    

We will learn a variety of methods to help bring our awareness back to the present moment and to help tune in to our spirit. Some practices such as the bell of mindfulness, and counting breaths we will revisit and learn how we can use our devices to help remind us to take regular moments of meditation in order to pause for guidance.

Connecting: S.T.O.P. Silence, Time, Opportunity, Presence

S.T.O.P. and pay attention to your own still small voice that can only be heard when we take a pause from the busyness of life and truly listen. Listen to the need to recalculate your own route in Life that enhances your own personal Spiritual Quotient.  What can you do to slow down and feel the Presence today? We will create and share our own method of practicing Presence.


August 15th 2021 — A Pause for Guidance: Sparking Imagination

Affirmation: My imagination grows my awareness and creates my awesome life.

Spiritual Lesson: Expand Happiness

We have the freedom to create anything we desire for our lives. But to create freely means to create without resistance. Nature shows us the blueprint daily on how to create without resistance … without putting any obstacles in the path.

Everyone is imbued with the power to duplicate the creative nature of Living Spirit through imagination.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will read the book Unstoppable Me! by Dr. Wayne Dyer, teaching children how to hold on to the no-limit thinking they are born with.

We will discuss how the law of creative freedom without resistance of any kind is available to us just as it is true for each animal and plant.

Creative Expression – Inside/Outside Play   

We will practice resistant free, creative expression by finger painting and take a walk outside to observe nature creating with total freedom.

Connecting: The Quality of Imagination  

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

Thinking on our vision boards we created earlier this year, we will create more action steps in the direction of one of our goals with the help of our friend’s inspiration. We then describe what feelings we had and how our body reacted to being inspired to act.


August 8th, 2021 — A Pause for Guidance: A Playful Pause

Affirmation: “I play with Spirit and it expresses through me as inspiration, imagination, creativity, and joy; perfectly me.”

Spiritual Lesson: Expand Happiness

In Science of Mind we teach Oneness.  This means that the totality of human experience is Spirit. This includes and embraces the idea of play being an important and integral part of our lives. Life is meant to be Good and we are meant to be happy, joyous, and free! Pausing from our daily schedule and taking time for play is an important way to co-create a life that we love.

Your happiness will naturally expand the happiness of others in the world. If you create more happiness in your life, it does not take away from the happiness of others. When you see that happiness comes from within yourself, not from outside yourself, you have all the tools you need.

• Happiness is an inside job

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will read from the book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey which takes us on an adventure with animal friends who learn how to take charge of their own lives and discover how balance is best. We will review what a Spiritual Mind Treatment is and learn how to create our own happiness. We will discuss why our personal happiness is important for our planet and relate that to what we learned last week about raising our vibration.

Creative Expression – Inside/Outside Play   

Youth will take turns leading everyone in their favorite activity over zoom and then meet up at a park to play in person

Connecting: Game/Movie Night  

We will host a game or movie night for the youth during the week.


August 1st, 2021 – A Pause for Guidance:Time for a Tune-up

Affirmation: “I am the vibrational frequency of love and light. I broadcast this message in all I say and do.” -adapted from Rev Michelle Ingalls

Spiritual Lesson: You are a Spiritual Broadcasting Station!

We are broadcasting systems of energy – we attract that which is alike to us and we vibrate out the things we feel. We can also change the vibration of the energy-based on our mood. The law of Spirit always says YES; it returns to us exactly what we broadcast out.

The cool thing is, once we recognize where our energy is if it needs a course-correction WE have the ability to change it! Remember, the Law of Spirit always says YES, it returns to us exactly what we broadcast out.

What is your vibrational frequency today?

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth experience sound vibrations of fire, water, and salt. We then watch a video on how to raise our vibration so that we are aligned with the goals that we want.

Creative Expression – Thinking-Doing-Feeling   

Youth do the activity suggestions for raising vibrations from the video “How I Raise My Vibration..” based on the Law of Attraction. We will learn how our emotions are energy in motion!

Connecting: Connection Game  

Youth watch an Animated Short Film “NOVA” about a being that discovers a ball of energy and discards it. Another being shows them what it means to accept their energy as their gift. Youth create their own energy balls and practice tuning in to their spiritual energy.


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