Active Gratitude, Plentiful Abundance, Jennifer Gates, Youth and Family Ministry Director
“Life is a balance between giving and receiving. The more you give, the more abundance will fill your life with joy.” ― Debasish Mridha
As our Youth Ministry department continues with our study of gratitude during this last week of November, we pause from our activities and thoughts for a moment to express our deep gratitude for the larger spiritual CommUNITY here at Unity Church of San Antonio. Over the past several weeks, our children and teens have been hard at work, on two separate fronts. Our outreach project for Harbour Hospice is still continuing over the next two weeks, but our second body of work – preparing for and hosting our silent auction fundraiser on November 19 – has come to a close. And what a wonderful success each of you helped create! Not only did our children, teens, and adult volunteers give of their time and talents, but each of our participating congregants and supporters made our event a love-filled day of success. Thanks to our supportive Unity church of San Antonio CommUNITY, the Youth Ministry department raised over $700.00 which will be placed into our fund to provide opportunities for connection, outreach, and growth for our children and teens within the Youth Ministry program. We are greatly blessed by your support, love, and friendship!
In our classrooms this Sunday, we will continue our study of active gratitude and our practice of giving of ourselves to others.
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.
During the month of November, as we discuss gratitude, we will be working on creating gifts of love – wreaths and ornaments to give to our friends at Harbour Hospice. We have partnered with this organization in the past, and the wreaths & ornaments we make will be given to current hospice patients in their care.
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.
Please feel free to stop by our classrooms before or after the 11:00 a.m. service each week. We would love to show you what we are working on and to visit with you in our beautiful Youth Ministry space. As always, if you are called to volunteer within the Youth Ministry program, please contact me.