Let’s see if you can figure out what all of the following scenarios have in common –
- Your kids have all graduated to evening youth programs, like O.W.L. and Youth Group.
- You are on an adult masters swim team that practices on weekend mornings.
- You work long hours and use the weekend to catch up on sleep.
- Your child participates in an activity (dance, sports, robotics, etc.) that has weekend commitments.
- You are helping to care for an elderly parent or family member.
Have you guessed it? Well, any of the above, plus a host of other reasons, can make it very challenging to get to a service at Beacon on Sunday morning. In my case, both of my teens attend Beacon on Sunday night, and my husband does not attend very frequently. Therefore, I am feeling conflicted about heading out of the house, alone, for 2+ hours on Sunday morning, when my family is home, enjoying what is usually the most relaxing morning of the week for them. I want to be at home to relish the slow, easy time of a Sunday morning with my husband and teens. I also crave being at Beacon in the community of my spiritual home, with friends, staff and ministers who I look forward to seeing each week, and where I receive the very necessary inspiration to be my best self, the weekly reminder of what is truly important in this life, and music that lifts my spirits for solid week.
So what is the resolution to this conflict of interests? I could switch off, and attend Beacon on alternating weeks. . . Well, that would have been the answer last year at this time. But now there is another option! Our ministers and staff have been hearing about this widespread dilemma of Sunday morning conflicts that many members face, and they have answered with a very generous response – an additional service on Sunday evenings, that begin at the starting time of Youth Group and O.W.L. The service is called “Refuel,” and you may very well come back a second time on Sunday, once you have experienced this intimate and refreshing take on Beacon UU spiritual community.
Refuel is a 45-minute service that includes many of your favorite aspects of Sunday morning – music, time for reflection, a mini-sermon or story from a minister or staff member, candle-lighting, community, inspiration, and refreshments with time for fellowship. It looks and sounds a little different from Sunday morning – but maybe that makes you curious enough to check it out! I have found Refuel to be the answer to my Sunday morning dilemma.
So, if you are challenged to get to Beacon on Sunday morning, for any reason, come for a Refuel at 6:30 p.m. And, if you’ve had a particularly rough week, come for both – morning service and Refuel (I’ve done it – it works!).
Love, Jennie DeMizio