This Week’s Lesson: Autumn & Peace
Leaves by Elsie N. Brady
How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow
- What are some things that you find peaceful about this time of year?
- What are some ways that you are peaceful each day?
- When it is hard to be peaceful?
- What are some things you could do to make yourself peaceful when you don’t feel like it?
Faith & Practice
Peace and Non-violence. Since their beginnings over 300 years ago, Friends have been led by their commitment to the ideal of peace to renounce wars and violence, as in the declaration made to Charles II by George Fox and other Friends on November 21, 1660: “We … utterly … deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end or under any pretense whatsoever. And this is our testimony to the whole world … The spirit of Christ, by which we are guided, is not changeable, so as to once command us from a thing as evil and again to move unto it; and we do certainly know, and so testify to the world, that the Spirit of Christ which leads us into all Truth will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for any kingdoms of this world.”
Fall & Peace Art Activity
Are you all familiar with the image of “The Peaceable Kingdom” by Edward Hicks (a Quaker)? Try drawing your own Peaceable Kingdom with animals and friends and others from your current life. We’d love to see your creations if you want to share them with us. Send photos to Maria or Cameron. The scripture that inspired Hick’s paintings: ISAIAH 11:6-9
The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks by Carolyn Weekly
Fire Prevention Month Activity
The brave volunteers at the Purcellville Fire and Rescue station are there to help us, and sometimes risk their lives doing so. They would be really happy to receive a letter or drawing from you! If you want to send a letter and make someone smile, mail to: Fire & Rescue Volunteers, Purcellville Fire & Rescue, 500 N Maple Ave, Purcellville, VA 20132. Contact Cameron for more information at Cameron247@hotmail.com. For more activities, visit http://www.sparky.org/
Check out these great Sunday Storytime with Erin videos Chuck Hough recorded and edited for us: Chica Chica Boom Boom, Ruby in Her Own Time, After the Fall, and How Do You Hug a Porcupine. Thank you, Chuck and Erin for creating these for us!
Storytime Video: The Story of Sparky the Fire Dog®
Great Library Resources! Find books and guides on anti-racism for teens, click here. For online storytelling, visit the library’s BookFlix app: you’ll need your library card to log in. The Friends Journal has published anti-racist reading suggestions. Click here for children’s books. Click here is the link for adult books.
Fun Project! How much soil do we actually have for growing the food we need? While people don’t often think about it, fertile soil is one of our most valuable resources. Without it, we would not be able to grow the crops and plants we need to feed all of the people and animals on earth. So, just how much of the earth is made up of land that is suitable for growing food? Try this fun project to find out: click here.
Kindness Resources. During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful acts of kindness. Check out the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s activities page. Learn more: click here (Families)
If you have ideas for activities that students and families can do from home, please contact the Religious Education co-clerks Maria and Cameron: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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