Children’s Chapel. Led by dedicated volunteers, middle and high schoolers, and staff each week, Children’s Chapel brings together the K through 5th graders for worship and ritual. It includes a chalice lighting, hymns, meditations, and a story related to the monthly theme. Children’s Chapel is held on the second, third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of the month, unless that Sunday’s sanctuary service is intergenerational.
Story for All Ages. Integral to a child’s religious education is worshipping with the entire church community. Children ages K and up attend the first 15 minutes of worship in the sanctuary on the first Sunday of the month. Dolores and guests tell a story to the entire congregation that introduces that month’s spiritual theme. There is no Children’s Chapel on that day.
Choose Your Own Adventure. On the 1st Sunday of the month, following the Story for All Ages, children in K-5th will choose from a variety of activities such as gym play, construction, crafts, and reading. Once a month parent volunteers and Middle School students will help facilitate these activities.
Child Dedication Sundays (Sep. 30, Nov. 11, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, May 12, Jul. 14, Aug. 18). Held in the sanctuary during the regular worship service, this dedication ceremony celebrates the blessing of new life, expresses parents’ hopes for their children, and calls the congregation to lead and nurture a child’s spiritual life.
Our Whole Lives. The UUA/UCC curriculum on sex and relationships will be offered this year to High Schoolers (grades 10-12). In addition, for the first time we will offer OWL for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade.
Pageant Children and youth take the stage to celebrate that “each child born is one more redeemer,” in our annual partnership with the music program. This year, with expanded roles and opportunities, the pageant is not to be missed!
Intergenerational Game Night. Held in the cold of February when nights seem incredibly long, come to the warmth of All Souls on a Friday night for games galore. From tabletop games in the Library to cornhole in the Minister's Corridor, a good time will be had by all!
All Souls Seder. Asking, “...why is this night different from all other nights?” congregants and friends celebrate Passover, drawing parallels between the Jews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt and current struggles against oppression. Children are especially welcome for conversation, good food, stories, and singing.
Children’s Clothing Exchange. This clothing swap of gently used children’s clothing (sized for newborns through teens) is held in the spring. Save your clothing and pass them on to other All Souls families. Leftover clothing is donated to a local charity.
Children’s Choir. The children's choir, for children and youth from 5 to 14, rehearses on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 pm. Led by Director of Music and Arts Jen Hayman, the children's choir sings a vast variety of repertoire, including classical, world music, and pop music, and often collaborates with the adult music ensembles at All Souls and other guest musicians. For more information, contact Jen Hayman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Weekend on the Bay. The church’s annual weekend retreat is a great way to build friendships within our community across and within the generations. Prior registration is required. For general info on Weekend on the Bay, check out last year’s program guide at www.all-souls.org/WOB-2016
All Church Picnic. Generally held at a picnic grove/shelter in Rock Creek Park, the annual church picnic includes great food with barbequing by the Young Souls, games, music, and conversation. Great for all ages!