Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
Do you always feel grateful, or are some times more challenging than others? Would you like to find some simple life hacks to bring a greater sense of thankfulness into your life? Are there hidden stores of gratitude-inducing moments that you may be overlooking in your busy, scheduled, TV, phone, app-driven life? During this season of bounty, harvest, and Thanksgiving, these are a few of the questions we will be diving into in our Youth Ministry classrooms.
During the month of November, our adult volunteers will focus on the concept of active gratitude versus passive gratitude. Passive gratitude is what we generally think of when we make list of things for which we are thankful – passive gratitude means that we feel thankful, loved, happy for something that has happened to us or that someone has done for us. Active gratitude is tapping into the power of the Divine, of God, of Spirit. Active gratitude is a way of living, knowing that we are surrounded by abundance, knowing that we are connected to and part of the larger universe. Through story, personal example, and a month-long outreach project, adult volunteers, children, and teens will develop their understanding of active gratitude and develop ways to bring this gift to life.
Through story, crafts, and discussion, children and teens will identify ways in which passive gratitude and active gratitude differ. They will learn to observe the role that both types of gratitude play in their lives and in the world, and they will develop the skill of utilizing active gratitude in their daily lives. Where are opportunities for gratitude hiding “in plain sight”, and how can we become more adept at uncovering them?
In addition to our gratitude quest this month, our YM children, teens, and volunteers will once again be partnering with Harbour Hospice. Our children, teens, and volunteers will be crafting homemade holiday ornaments – gifts of love from our hearts. We are so very grateful for this opportunity to live our Unity Principles and shine our light in the world.
Principle #1: There is One Presence and One Power in the universe and in my life – God the Good.
Principle #2: Our essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently good.
Principle #3: We are co-creators with God – by our thoughts, words & actions.
Principle #4: Through prayer, meditation & affirmations, we align ourselves with God.
Principle #5: We must also live the truth we know, through our thoughts, words and actions.