Attend Virtual SpiritJam:

Virtual SpiritJam will begin at about 10:15 when we “sing the children out” from the main service. Kids can use their own phone, tablet, or laptop to join SpiritJam. The link will stay the same every week!

Participants will be visible to each other. For privacy, SpiritJam will not be recorded.

The information on how to join Virtual SpiritJam will be emailed directly to our RE Families. If you want to join, but can’t find the the link, contact Katy, Izzy, or Ezra before the service! For information on Online Worship, click here.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Card Making Service Project

A member of the Eugene Friends Meeting, reached out this week to ask us to join in writing cards of encouragement to people in adult foster care and their caregivers. Staying home and sheltering in place has been especially challenging. We will be making some cards together during our SpiritJam time. 

Supplies: 

  •  Paper or cardstock
  • Things to color with! 
  • Optional: Scissors, gluesticks, and construction paper.

Please drop off cards by Wednesday May 20 to have them included in our mailing to the coordinator of this project! 

Families, if you are able – please put the cards in the UUCE Dropbox, the first box to right of the North Door (our usual Sunday Morning entry). If you have envelopes for you cards we ask that you do not seal them. If you don’t have envelopes at home, that is OK too! We have envelopes at church that we can put your cards in before mailing them. 

The Secret Language of Trees - Tapping into our Connected Roots

We will watch these videos about the connection between trees and fungi and talk about how we can use those ideas to tap into our own invisible connections with ourselves, our loved ones, and our community with a drawing and discussion activity. 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mother's Day Crafts!

Teacher Amanda will be leading us in making a Mother’s Day bouquet with recycled materials from around the house! 

Supplies needed: 

  •  Egg Carton
  • Scissors (or an Xacto knife with parent supervision)
  • Paints and brushes
  • Liquid Glue (or hot glue with parent supervision)
  • Bamboo Skewers OR pipecleaners for stems.
If you don’t have the supplies for stems, that’s OK! Flowers can also be glued to cards for your Motherly Figure or circles of cardboard to make wreaths!
 
 
 
 
Image credit: thecrafttrain.com

Youth Led Recycling Jam

To follow up on our Earth Day Jams, one of our SpiritJammers will be leading a jam involving recycling. By reducing our waste and recycling with care we can be stewards of our community and our planet.

Supplies needed: 

  • An Old T-shirt
  • Scissors that can cut fabric

 

Your SJ crew had a scheduling oops, and this jam is happening this weekend!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Scavenger Hunt Activity:

This scavenger hunt was shared by one of our families! It can be done over and over again with different items that fit each category, and brings our attention to centering items and things that we care about within our environment.

Gender Diversity, Identity, and Expression:

This Sunday we will be talking about the diversity that can be found across the Gender Spectrum, and how one’s gender is connected to your internal self, your external presentation, and the way you walk through the world. Check the SJ Resources Page for Coloring Sheets uplifting Trans Families.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Hey Middle Schoolers! We miss you! We will be holding a Middle School group over Zoom, Sundays at 4:30 starting May 3. Come check-in with your Youth Advisors, and your peers before dinner on Sundays. If you have ideas for activities during Middle School Group, send an email to Ezra! 

Plant a Seed of Kindness:

This Sunday, Teacher Alexa will lead us through a workshop on Kindness we had been preparing to do in person before we had to stay home. We will talk about how it feels to give and receive kindness, to ourselves, our friends and family, our environment, and our community. 

We will all make signs together, and if you have the supplies we hope you will plant your own seed along with Alexa! 

Check the SJ Resources Page for More!

Recommended Supplies: 

  •  A seed (or a plant you have been rooting in water)
  • Some soil
  • A container to use as a pot (old ice cream containers work well!)
  • Some paper
  • A popsicle stick
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Tape

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Earth Day - Painting with Mud!

 

You can use real mud from your yard and add color to it, by combining it with food dye or paint! Before you start mixing, check your mud for living things and return them to their homes. Then you are ready to begin your Mud Painting!

Directions: Add a large scoop of mud to each container then sprinkle powdered tempura paint over it.  Use about 1-2 tablespoons of each color.  If you don’t have powdered tempura at home, food coloring, liquid watercolor paint, or even regular tempura paint can be substituted.  Next add a small amount of water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. This part is optional; it helps the mud paint spread easier on paper and also helps keep clothing stain free!

Earth Day - Nature Trees:

You can make beautiful trees with this nature based project! Collect leaves, flowers, and other things from your yard and glue them to this Tree Template, from raisinghooks.com 

Earth Day - More Activities and Ideas!

Looking for more nature based or earth day related activities? Check out this list from buggyandbuddy.com. 

Activities include: 

  • Recycled Paper Seed Balls
  • Simple Soil Science
  • Bug Hotels
  • Earth Day Collage
And More! 

 

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter Craft Ideas:

Find some egg-shaped rocks. You can bring them home, paint them with a layer of white paint, and then decorate them like an Easter Egg. Hide them around your neighborhood, or along your favorite path to spread some Easter cheer! 

Check out the Preschool Resources Button, for crafts led by Teacher Natasha! 

Bear Hunts, Egg Hunts, and Easter

Bring along your favorite bear friend, and listen to Teacher Amanda read, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. We will talk about what people in our community are doing with their bears, and how youth can participate. Also, keep a lookout for surprise Eggs in your Teachers’ surroundings.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Meet Marcel the Shell

When we don’t get to see our friends from school and church like normal, one way to stay busy is to create new friends, or characters -like Marcel the Shell.

This Sunday, we will meet Marcel and talk about what makes him, him! We will talk about new characters that we can create, and what will make them unique or special. Next Sunday, April 12, we will share our creations! 

Use this worksheet to help create your new character, like Marcel!

ReGrow Your Own Food! Home Propagation from Food Scraps!

Teacher Alexa is putting together lessons on how to ReGrow Food at home from scraps! By saving the right parts of our fruits and vegetables, and giving them lots of water, we can get them to grow new roots and thrive again.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

SpiritJam Snail Mail Sign-ups!

Sign-up to send and receive snail mail from your SpiritJam Teachers and friends! 

If you sign-up, each week we will send you the address for a new buddy from your church community to reach out to and check-in. Getting mail from a friend is a great way to improve someone’s day!  

It’s hard to be apart, and this is a small way we can still be together!

You can Sign-Up anytime! We will start sending out addresses on Monday, April 6.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Springtime Scavenger Hunt!

 

 

Spring is here!

This week we are doing a nature scavenger hunt. If you print out this page, you can color in each item as you find it!

If you can, take pictures of the items you find, and upload them to share with us! The link for uploading pics is below.

"What to Do in a Pandemic" by Ricardo Levins Morales

Check out artist Ricardo Levins Morales’ acclaimed and beautiful series of illustrations, “What to Do in a Pandemic.”

Then, you can download free coloring pages of the same images!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

It’s tough not to be able to go to church and see our friends! Next Sunday, we hope to have a special video call just for the kids and their teachers. For this week, here are a few activities and a story.

Printable Worksheet: The Colors of Me

Print out the blank image! In the head on the left, color in what your feelings are like today. What color do they feel like? How much space do they seem to take up? In the head on the right, color in what your future emotions might look like if they were colors. Below is a completed example to guide you!

Craft: Mindful Breathing Wand

Sometimes if we’re nervous or worried, we have to remember to breathe deeply. This wand has a loop that you can breathe through to make the ribbons flutter. The instructions are below!

Craft: Coffee-Filter Parachutes!

Sometimes we feel like we’re falling, and could use some extra help with our feelings. In this craft, we can help our stuffed animals or other toys feel like they have the parachute they need to land safely!

Here’s a good story about a child dealing with their worries!