Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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A time for all ages and children’s chapel- help make it happen!

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written Jan 14, 2013

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Tuesday January 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of 123 E. Cliff St. I’ll be brainstorming ideas for the time for all ages component of upcoming worship services as well as themes and activities for upcoming children’s chapels- come join me if you have ideas!

With paternity leave pending for the month of March I am getting various religious educator tasks planned and delegated- the time for all ages and children’s chapels are two big ones.  More than the immediate need to plan for my absence, I want to “share the stage” (literally) and tap into the varied creativity of so many children, youth, and adults in the congregation- yes indeed children and youth can certainly be a part of the creative process of crafting the time for all ages and children’s chapels!

Generally the time for all ages relates to the overarching worship service theme so I or whoever is presenting the time for all ages will check in with the worship leader on what the theme is and how to present it for all ages.  Sometimes storybooks work well and other times they are helpful to provide inspiration for other questions and interaction with the audience.  But the time for all ages could take many forms!  Perhaps bringing some more song and/or music can convey the message.  Brief skits by a duo, trio, or more could dramatize the worship theme!

Children’s chapels sometimes also follow the theme of the worship service or relate to the current events of the day, upcoming holidays or celebrations- and often reflect back to the seven principles and six sources of Unitarian Universalism.

So if you’ve got some ideas brewing for either the time for all ages or children’s chapels, come on in Tuesday January 15 at 10:30 a.m.  If that time doesn’t work for you, I’ll be doing some more planning on Tuesday February 5 at 7 p.m.  And if that doesn’t work for you but you still have ideas and/or are willing to help on a Sunday morning with a time for all ages/chapel, please let me know and I will find a way to put your enthusiasm to good use!, 908-927-0601 office