Aug. 30, 2015 School of the Spirit Weekly Update

Summer means ONE Service at 10 a.m. through Labor Day. Finish the Peace Pole and more. 
Peace Pole10 a.m. “Peace Pole and more” We especially need some artsy youth to help finish the Hebrew and Arabic lettering, plus some to fill in with color. Wear old clothes! Plus, we will be sorting and cleaning bins and supplies to get ready for double services in September. Help us find dead markers and glue sticks, sharpen pencils, fold worship cloths, and make the place shine after the great job painting by Robyn Peterson, our custodian.

10 a.m. Youth Roles – we want to be intentional about providing leadership roles for youth who come to SpiritJam. Here are leadership roles available this Sunday:

  • Supervise painting (artsy types especially needed)
  • Supervise sorting 
  • Help Miss Ari in the preschool (for those who like the littlest ones)
  • Supervise a playground game
  • Light the chalice 
  • Take the offering (same as half-plate – TYES for the summer.) – count it and put in the envelope. The envelope goes into the sanctuary offering plate in the church office. The Greeters will be counting in the church office at the end of the morning.
  • Read a book under the tree with a small group of children, once the program part is done. (Today – suggestions on the SpiritJam lab table)
  • Also, we encourage 6th graders and older to represent BVUUF:
    • at the Welcoming Table,
    • as Greeters in the Sanctuary,
    • as trained Sound System aides.(training Wed. September 2, ​6:30 p.m.)
    • as SpiritJam guest teachers (we offered an EatingJam with Liliana Olivio on Fair Trade, and an OrigamiJam with Lucas Davis).
    • Contact Katie Covey at if you are interested.

Take away:  May we be happy, May we be peaceful, May we be filled with love.

10 a.m. Preschool/Nursery-  Miss Ari and the preschoolers will finish their individual peace poles.


2nd Annual Water Slide for the Water Services, Sunday, Sept. 13; 9 and 11 a.m. Bring a suit or old clothes and a towel. Kids will slide during the services. We will join in full community for the Sharing of the Waters Ceremony (bring water from a meaningful place.) Then all are invited to slide down the water slide after each service!Lydia waterslide

SpiritJam Co-Creator Lab, Virtually or in Person: Once a month, help brainstorm the Jams for the theme of the month. The next one is Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for the October theme of “Letting Go.” Attend via Skype or Google Hangout, or in person! See all of the dates here.

LifeSpan School Council: We have an opening for one more person to serve on the Lifespan School Council, ideally someone with children or youth. Join Jean Cannella, Robert Nichols,  Kelly LoGuidice and Katie Covey. Help shape the adult and multi-age program for the upcoming year – we meet on 5 Sundays, 12:30 – 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 , Nov. 15, Jan 10, 2016, Mar 6, 2016, and May 1, 2016. Please contact Katie Covey at if you are interested. Childcare provided if needed.

Online “Orientation to SpiritJam in Your Jammies!” Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. SpiritJam Orientation in your Jammies! No need to travel! Join us for a Google Hangout and ask the SpiritJam Faculty your questions about SpiritJam. For more information, contact Rachel Stevenson, host, at

Your School of the Spirit Staff:

  • Rachel StevensonYouth Coordinator, 
  • Ari Flauta, Early Childhood Teacher,
  • Spenser RaymondSpiritJam Teacher, 
  • Katie CoveyDirector of the School of the Spirit,