Living the Christmas Story, Jennifer Gates, Youth and Family Ministry Director.
“We know that the kingdom of …. God is not a place in the skies, but an ideal state in creative mind, ready to be ushered in to the minds of men.” – Charles Fillmore, Unity Co-founder
The Youth Ministry Department has worked diligently over the past several weeks, embracing Unity Principal #5 – Living the Truth we know! Children, teens, and adult volunteers have lovingly crafted ornaments for our friends at Harbour Hospice and have baked and packaged cookies for our church’s outreach this year with the THRU Project.
In addition, our Youth Ministry classroom lessons during the month of December have focused on exploring the metaphysics of the Christmas story, in preparation for our CommUNITY Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 23. Each Sunday, we have discussed the various characters and settings contained within the traditional Christmas Story. Through the reading of Bible passages and the discussion of Unity’s study of the metaphysics of Christmas, we have examined the deeper message of Jesus’ birth while developing our own understanding of how this message pertains to each of our lives on a daily basis.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the Christmas story is found only in The Gospels of Matthew and Luke (Matt. 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20, Matt. 2:1-12)?
The Christmas Story is familiar to most of us who have celebrated this holiday throughout our lives. Although we are familiar with basic story of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, there is a deeper spiritual meaning that we study in Unity. When we look at the “metaphysics” behind familiar stories, we see the larger picture, or the simple, day-to-day message that is hidden within.
Metaphysics: a division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and of being.
Metaphysically the Christmas story is a highly symbolic and very beautiful account of the coming forth into consciousness of a newer and greater level of spiritual awareness than one has ever known before. This new spiritual awareness begins as a glimmer in the mind (the baby Jesus). It is brought forth through our faith, intuition and our love for Truth (Mary). It is nurtured and protected by right and positive thinking (Joseph). It occurs first in an area of the soul where we are capable of feeling peace.
The Christmas story is our story. It is the drama of the birth of our awakening to the Truth that we are the embodiment of the Christ Consciousness. Metaphysically, it represents a transformation in consciousness. It is a moment of enlightenment, an interior journey of the growing awareness of our unfolding Christhood.
I am Peace. I am Joy, I am Love.
Are you interested in learning more about the role of hospice in our community?
What is Hospice?
Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by a team of health care professionals and volunteers who give medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort, and dignity
Concept: Originally the term hospice meant a place of safety and refuge where a weary or beleaguered traveler could find respite. At Harbour Hospice that concept is still true. Patients and family weary from disease and frightened by the prognosis can find loving human touch and compassion practiced by the caring staff of Harbour Hospice.
People: Hospice is staffed by a team of people working together to provide the best possible compassionate care. They are chosen for their love, their compassion, and their willingness to listen and journey with the patient and the family through this difficult time.
Place: The place for hospice is wherever the patient calls home. And that home can be in the patient’s home, the home of a friend or relative, a nursing home, or a hospital. Harbour Hospice goes wherever the person in need is living.
Youth Ministry – Putting Unity in Community. We are the Light of the World!
To learn more about our Youth Ministry department or to volunteer in our classrooms, please contact Jennifer Gates.