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Religious Education April 10th

By Christof Berger - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By Christof Berger – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Last week, Spirit Play heard the story about the creation of the world as told in the Hebrew Bible, tapping into our Jewish and Christian sources: “In the beginning God created heaven and earth…And God saw that it was good.” In their discussion after the story, the children were asked what do you think is the most important thing in the universe? The answers ranged from earth, to God, to getting everything done, to everything is important, to Jesus. In other Spirit Play classes, we look at other creation stories.

The youth group led an inspired church service last week and Sing to the Power and Breakfast Club stayed in the sanctuary to watch it. There was wonderful music and inspired words to help us all reflect on how to stay young at heart, and carry forth our vision for making the world a better place with the passion and faith that only the young at heart can. We heard about the good and the bad sides of being a youth today, what is awesome and what is stressful. We heard about LGBTQPA youth and how society’s views may be changing towards greater acceptance with the next generation. We heard about how to carry the gift of dreaming into the “real world”, whether for our own fairy tales, or for the 6,000 year-old revolution called civilization. How do you carry your passion and dreams into the world? How do you kindle the flames of your own values and vision, to stay young at heart, and strive to create a world of harmony and equality we teach our children about every day? The service began with a poem by Stephen Shick, below. This week, the children will return to their regular classes, perhaps inspired a little by seeing the youth, the next generation of leaders and their current RE teachers, preaching a message of hope and inspiration to all of us:

Is the fire going out?
Not in your belly,
for you are still alive,
but in your soul,
that place

where dreams
fuel commitment

where longings
shape action

where meaning
flames purpose

where passion ignites
and rekindles
your life fire.

If your soul smolders
dream on
till you flame
like a chalice of hope.