Jennifer Gates, Youth and Family Ministry Director
In our Youth Ministry classrooms during the month of December, we will be discussing 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 will be examining 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 for our entire lives. Although we are all 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.
The adult volunteers in the YM classrooms will lead discussions that go beneath the surface of the written Christmas story as we come to a deeper understanding of what the birth of Jesus means to all of humanity.
During the month of December, we will also continue with our hands on lessons in being of service to the world around us. On December 3, our children and teens will finish the wreath and ornament projects that are part of our outreach service project for Harbour Hospice. And on December 10, the children and teens will be packaging the cookies which our congregation will give as gifts to the residents of Pecan Hill apartments during our Christmas Giving Celebration held that day after church. It is our great pleasure to put our words and beliefs into action in the world around us!