"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children."
— Nelson Mandela
Interfaith Community Sanctuary children’s program, guided by Gretchen Rowe, honors what each child brings to the community. The program is flexible and evolutionary in nature depending on the service of the week and what kinds of topics naturally come up during our sharing time.
The basic outline of the Sunday Children’s Program is as follows:
Children are in the main sanctuary for prelude music, welcome, and prayer. Following the second music offering, the children are guided downstairs to the fellowship hall. In the fellowship hall, we sit in a circle to introduce and greet one another, and share what may be in our hearts. We also practice mantras or chants that are being sung during the main service.
Following the circle time, we do an activity that usually includes some kind of art form. During our time, we also get the snacks out on the table, which is a special opportunity to serve others and have a wider sense of purpose in the community.
The children come back up to the sanctuary for the last song and prayer with the whole group.
Program Director / Counselor
Gretchen Rowe has her B.S. degree in Outdoor Recreation from the University of Minnesota and is a mother of two teenaged boys. She has been a resident camp counselor in Oregon, Las Vegas (mountains), and Maine; a day camp teacher/counselor for the Jewish Community Center in St. Paul, MN and the Wallingford Boys and Girls Club. She has coached boys’ soccer and basketball and has taught K - 5th grade in the Seattle Public Schools for over 10 years. Her life has been dedicated to peace within and throughout. She’s used nature, sports, world literature, and art to continually grow on this journey.
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