Youth At The Center
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:40
On Saturday November 23rd several of our youth, teen and young adult volunteers gathered together with a few members of our Board of Trustees and staff for an intimate volunteer appreciation lunch. Our youth volunteers are such an amazing gift to our Center. Week after week a combination of approximately 16-18 out of 45 volunteers come together to love, teach, nurture and support the youth, teens and young adults of our community. On this afternoon it was their turn to feel the love and gratitude of their community. Special thanks to Christopher Fritzsche who treated us to a sweet collection of songs and story about his first guitar. It was a lovely afternoon spent in good company.
Last Updated on Saturday, 23 November 2013 18:00
Creative Inspiration is always flowing through the youth at our Center and this month it is being amplified as our spiritual practice for the month of October.
Through out the month, as an opening activity, the youth are invited to color and create unique designs using a process called Rangoli which uses a dot background or grid as a basis for forming the finished design.
Last Sunday the youth were also invited to create a Divinity Collage using pictures or words that describe or represent their idea of Spirit. Pictured above is Sofia who used words that lead to another word in a piece she titled "The path to Enlightenment" (she's 8).
Week after week I am filled up to overflowing with joy and wonder as I witness the natural brilliance of these amazing youth. All of the planning and preparation for teaching them, doesn't come close to the things they teach me!
Life is indeed GOOD.
Susan Robinson, RScP
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 12:12
The bulletin board outside the Youth Ministry office has become a beautiful display I have titled The Art of Giving. (photo coming soon)
In keeping with our spiritual practice of the month - Giving - the children in our Youth Program have been engaged in the activity of decorating blank envelopes before class begins to be used in our youth offering. Each week I have provided spare change for them to place in their envelopes at increasing values to demonstrate the practice of a gradually increasing giving practice. We began the month with pennies and will end the month with quarters.
At the end of the day the monies collected are added to our youth offering and the envelopes are added to the bulletin board. It's been a fun visual way to have the youth engage in the practice of Giving and I'm thoroughly enjoying hearing or watching them bring their parents by the board on Sunday mornings to show them their envelopes.
The display will be completed this next week and I plan to leave it up for a bit to keep the practice of Giving fresh in our consciousness. Come on by and have a look the next time you are in the building, it's located just outside Room 1.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 17:44
Our Youth have been engaged in a variety of conversations and activities this month as we explore our theme of Service. We've worked on service projects in the classroom, by checking and tossing dried up washable markers and old glue sticks. Had an amazing conversation about service to our planet through reusing, repurposing and recycling and last Sunday we talked about all the ways we are or can be in service to our family. Below are just a few of the ways some of our youth like to help out. Maybe they will inspire you to do the same!
Ezra likes to clear the dishes and bowls from the table after meals.
Elisha takes care of the dog and does chores around the house.
Gracie likes to give her mom a back rub, pulling weeds, cleaning her room and giving 100's of hugs.
Scarlet helps with gardening and baking with her mom.
Elani likes to do service to the world by talking to the plants and animals.
Oren helps his friends when they are sick or don't feel well.
Isabel helps with the laundry.
Sam likes playing with pets and letting his parents drink out of his special mug!
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 17:51
Journaling with Youth as our June spiritual practice has proven to be an adventure in thinking outside the box of traditional idea of pen to paper journaling.
While all areas of our Youth Ministry have been engaged in the process of journaling, we've needed to get a bit creative on ways to assist our younger youth participate when they don't yet know how to write.
So far we have created mini journals that can be used to write words or draw pictures of our feelings, thoughts and dreams. Participated in creative story telling, real or made up stories. And last week we took a bunch of photos from various youth classes and events and turned them into scrapbook masterpieces.
This coming Sunday we will participate in a vision board practice as a way to visually journal things and experiences we wish to draw to us. Then we will wrap up the month with a Family Service Drum Circle where we will participate in verbally reciting our families lineage.
Each week we try to capture a few words from several of our youth about what they learned in classroom journals. Below are a few of the entries we've collected so far.
I learned about me bringing stuff into the world. I bring Love into the world. Esther
One thing I learned is how to make a journal so I can color and write in it and think about my ideas. Reinna
Infinity goes on forever. You can never count to infinity. Oren
I like my journal because I like to draw and write my ideas. Conner
I learned that it's fun making up stories. Isabella
I get to learn about Love and how to be brave. Like fixing problems and cleaning them up. Sofia
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 21:18
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 14:49
It could be you!
Would you like to participate in nursery time? It’s a time of gentle play with play dough and story time. It’s a light atmosphere that includes our candle-lighting service and a space that provides a joyful experience for our young ones. Training is provided by our staff so that you know exactly what to do. Most of our nursery volunteers commit to one Sunday a month (we have lots of openings for the 11:30 am service nursery spot and a few for the 10 am service) and we are willing to work with your schedule.
The benefits of doing this selfless service is that you get to have a joyful experience and introduce our youngest community members to the central ideas of our teaching, that God is light, love, peace, joy, beauty, power and life itself. It takes a certain kind of person to do this work, you enjoy being with young ones and babies, and you are comfortable with toddlers who often have their own agenda for how things should go! Expect to get your baby fix if you volunteer in our nursery.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 14:41
Our youth, teens and young adults at the Center have all been participating in a variety of mediation practices in keeping with our Center's theme of the month, and we've had some AMAZING special guests joining us along the way to guide us.
We started the month off by practicing a simple breathing meditation together. Week two our youth practiced some simple yoga movements while affirming lines from our class prayer such as God is Power, I am Power during warrior pose and our teens were joined by yoga instructor William Able who led them in a mini yoga session that everyone in attendance enjoyed (see more here).
Diane Topanga RScP supported by Linda Marshal RScP spent the morning of the 17th with our youth and teens leading us through some gentle heart coherence practices that had us still enough to hold a tissue paper butterfly. Then Linda took the lead supported by Diane and treated our young adult group to a more in-depth heart coherence mediation that left us all feeling peaceful and at ease.
Last Sunday we were joined by our friends Nancy Talley and Cha Cha who brought their drums and a variety of musical instruments to support us in a guided mediation. We journeyed together on a imaginary magic carpet and found our own special place. The group sharing after each class was full of a variety of visions and designs of magic carpets ~ and locations from elaborate tree houses to floating in outer space. Now our special places are available for us to visit any time we need to quiet our busy minds.
Many warm thanks and blessings to all of our special guests for sharing your gifts and talent with us and to all our volunteers who help make our youth ministry thrive!
Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 19:34
Sometimes you just have to be a little goofy! These photos were taken during one of our recent youth classes in which the youth created pictures using small pieces of tissue paper to create an image or representation of where they see Spirit. The completed pieces of art ranged from beautiful sunsets, trees, oceans, flowers, rainbows to glowing sun images. It is always a joy to witness how the creative power of Spirit is demonstrated in our youth. As well as the healthy and goofy creativity that is unleashed when we play together. Life is so Good!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:23
Yesterday's Sunday service was a perfect way to "rap" up our month of prayer as our youth took to the stage to perform "I am" created by Z Egloff and Melissa Phillippe. After months of practice practice practice... we shared our voices and gestures into the sanctuary and the phrase Incredible, Powerful, a Miracle, Divine rippled into the minds and hearts of all in attendance. This performance was also a demonstration of prayer that began some time ago with a desire to blend Music Ministry and Youth Ministry in a way that was fun, prayerfully conscious and enjoyible for all who participated. Thank you to all who participated in this realization of prayer ~ we are ALL that!
Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 12:25
The Teen Group meets in Room 11 from 11:15 to 12:45 weekly, in what is effectively the teen lounge. Weekly activities include discussion, interactive work and play, music, written word, art and more, exploring questions of spirit, personal and global transformation. Under the guidance of teen leader Bill Frater and various guest speakers, the group covers a lot of material and has fun in the process.
The teens work together on service projects, fundraisers, retreats and social events, and also produce the annual teen service.
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Teens At The Center
I'm the teen group coordinator at the Center. Our teen group meets on Sundays from 11:15 to 12:45 in the North wing of the Center which is through the farthest double doors from the entrance on Occidental Road.
We usually do some kind of experiential workshop that may focus on life choices with a spiritual or metaphysical slant. I like to keep things pretty light and playful and let the teens be heard and support each other and become friends.
The less it is like "school" the better, because most of the youth get enough of that all week.
We have between 12 and 20 teens on a given Sunday and they are friends but know to welcome new teens who join the group are who are just visiting.
I usually recommend that they give it 3 or 4 times to see if it works for them or not. If a teen gives it a chance, I think he or she will learn to love us.
Our Youth and Family Ministries Volunteers
At the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, our Youth and Family Ministry is strongly supported by a generous group of volunteers. Some of our volunteers are pictured here as our way of appreciating everything that these individuals do for our children and families.
Laura Carr, RScP