Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise
17540 N. Avenue of the Arts
Surprise, AZ, 85378
Date(s) - 04/24/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
We are taking the week surrounding Earth Day to share our commitment to the earth and our dedication to the Unitarian Universalist 7th principle, “to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” We kicked off our week by “Taking a Stand with the Lorax” in a congregation-wide photo to get our Earth Day spirit flowing. We will continue to celebrate Faith Climate Action Week during service next Sunday, April 24th at 10:30 with the following events:
A Special Sermon
In Service to Mother Earth- Today we are celebrating Earth Day. We can serve principles and people, but those only survive if we still have a planet home for them. What if today and tomorrow and all the days after we asked ourselves, “What good can I do for the whole planet today?”
Story for all Ages
“What can you do to make the world more beautiful?” This is the question the congregation will be asked after hearing the story “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney.
Earth-Focused Children’s Religious Education Classes
Preschool: Care for the Earth
Children will review the 7th principle, read Todd Parr’s, “The Earth Book” and discuss “10 Ways They Can Help the Earth.” They will follow the lesson with a craft that uses coffee filters and watercolors that are sprayed with water to create a decorative, hanging Earth.
K-2nd: Being a Good Steward to the Earth
Children will explore the idea of stewardship and personal accountability by discussing the following questions: What do I love about nature? How would I feel if what I loved disappeared? What can people do to make a difference? What can I do to make a difference? The discussion will be followed by reviewing the 7th principle and then reading, “How to Help the Earth- by the Lorax” with Tish Rabe. The class will end by children making portraits of their favorite thing about nature.
After reviewing the 7th principle children will learn about some cool ways that everyday people are trying to make the planet healthy. They will examine and discuss current, trending eco-inventions. The children will then identify an earth-related issue that they would like to fix, come up with an idea on how it could be fixed and explain how it would work. At the close of the lesson, children will participate in collecting the recycling throughout the church.