News for Children, Youth and Families

Hello Accotink Families! 

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and autumn is upon us… I don’t know about y’all  (yes, I’m originally from North Carolina) but I am really excited to welcome cool breezes, changing leaves, colors, pumpkins, hot cider/cocoa, and some sweater weather! I am thrilled at our plans for the new year ahead in spiritual development for children and youth. We have some wonderful topics and lots of fun experiences planned.

The new schedule is up and ready for volunteer sign-ups for the autumn season (Sept. –  Nov.) and we’d like to have our spiritual development volunteers sign up as soon as possible. We at Accotink so appreciate the support and time given each week to the children and youth! THANK YOU!

This Sunday, Aug. 27, our Time for All Ages will be about the process of voting! Our spiritual development will center around a discussion time on the importance of using our voices through action and a corresponding craft to go along with it. I hope to see you there!

Ashley Nelson-Meiners
Director of Spiritual Development:

UUA Book Recommendation for Parents 

Eloquent and inspiring, The Gift of Faith celebrates the importance of nurturing our children’s spiritual growth. This is a call for parents to be intentional, strong and clear in their choices regarding the messages that children receive about religion. By sharing her own stories and experiences, Nieuwejaar shows that religious community can play an integral role in clarifying and deepening the faith of parents, who inevitably are children’s primary religious educators. She also explores ways to foster spiritual awareness in the home and includes rituals for marking the events in children’s lives as religious occasions.

This important book is ideal for adults of any faith who are concerned with the spiritual development of their children.

Help Wanted!  A truck and strong humans!

We need some help bringing a sofa from offsite to the Director of Spiritual Development’s office. We need a truck and strong humans to assist. Contact Ashley at for details