Children are the future of everything, including New Thought spirituality. That’s one reason we will include them in our multi-generational services. They get to learn the songs, experience short meditations and prayers, and hear the words of the message. They learn quickly!
However, during the Wednesday class/discussion group gatherings and because of the personal sharing that often takes place is such classes, a quiet study place can be created for self-governing, school-age children, slightly apart from and during the adult class/discussion groups. It is often more productive for all involved if parents can find other accommodations for their children when attending adult classes.
Once we add a Sunday service to the NTGV schedule, children will always be welcome to be part of it. They will have the option to be with their parents in the main sanctuary space or to sit (quietly) at a large table close by and do an art activity that ties into the Sunday message and their take-home worksheet. Parents will have the option to sit with the younger children during the activity to guide them through the learning process … and still be part of the “adult” service. As NTGV grows in volunteers and in space/room options, we will add children’s Sunday classes as well.
What We Teach
The curriculum offered to our attending children has been created especially for small groups. It is presented in a worksheet format as a take-home lesson for the family to enjoy, while the creative activity can be done during the service with mom or dad there to help.
The take-home lessons, which usually coincide with the Sunday message, are designed for the 3 – 10 year old age group and include:
- questions to ask and contemplate together
- a short prayer to learn
- a story or lesson based on a family virtue, Universal Truth, or Science of Mind Principle