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Youth & Family
Nothing makes an impact in the world like bringing generations of young people together and enriching them and their families.
Our community is committed to having an intergenerational quality that values and prioritizes the spiritual enrichment of children and families. We believe that empowering young children with the skills to identify their feelings and practice their spirituality is a gift that lasts a lifetime.
We have a thriving Youth & Family program for you and your family and we’re excited to help your family become part of our community’s long-term legacy.
Youth & Family Leadership Team
Columbia CSL Youth and Family Director
If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.
Judy Templeton has been a member of CCSL for the last 35 years. The Center and philosophy became a life changing experience as well as a home and haven. She has been an Instructor for Funday School, a Board Member and Chairperson of Outreach. She is honored to make a return engagement as Acting Youth and Family Director and accepts the calling. It is her cherished goal to lead the community in service to support Youth and Families. Judy has spent her career serving Families and Youth as an Elementary School Teacher, Director of Musical Theatre for children and adults, Adjunct Professor at Howard Community College, Social worker and Supervisor of Healthy Families. Judy is retired and pursuing her dream jobs to include Holistic Health Coach, Instructor of Performing Arts, Voice-overs and Radio Talk Host of two podcasts, Razzle Dazzle Radio and BeMore Good News. She is blessed to live with her soul mate and lives a vibrant life in her colorful cottage in Columbia-A city she has called Home for 45 years.
She is honored to do this HOLY work serving families and youth in this unique and loving community-Columbia Center for Spiritual Living.
YOUTH AND TEEN GROUP CO-LEADER
Hello! My name is Rachel Beall, I am currently a senior in high school and I am so excited to co-lead the youth and family program at our church! I was raised in this church and faith. As I have aged out of the youth and family program, I have joined (and loved!) the teen program. I have also developed lessons for children, taught in “Funday School,” and provided childcare services on Sunday. I absolutely love this community and I am so excited to work with the leadership team and create wonderful and exciting plans.
YOUTH LEADER AND TEEN GROUP CO-LEADER
My name is Claudia Jaffa. I would like to give you abit of my backstory. I have been with Columbia CSL for approximately 18 years. I started the Teen Group from scratch. It was just blossoming on the East Coast and Rev. Bill became our regional director. He helped me tremendously and I am forever grateful! Rev Nancy then supported the teens in every way imaginable. It was magical, creative and the teen group blossomed. I was also part of the choir for many years and worked fundraising predominantly for the teens.
I started a kindergarten for the underprivileged in the Middleburg area of Virginia in the 1970’s. I taught piano and organ to adolescents for many years. I also taught middle school, challenged teens and developed a music program for The Vanguard School for autistic children. I then moved to a totally different field and sold medical equipment and became the Director for the Mid Atlantic region. I hired and trained all of my staff which was exciting and fulfilling.
Everything came to a screeching halt when I was diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease. That was 10 years ago and it has been a long road to where I am today. I am not cured but incredibly improved. I am thrilled to be a part of the church leadership once again and look forward to working with the wonderful Board of Trustees and the other members of the Dream Team!!!
Our “Tween” group is a special meeting held once a month on the 2nd Sunday of each month as a special program for our kid’s ages 9-12. These lessons are experiential workshops designed with this unique age group in mind.
This program teaches the same Principles Funday School in a slightly deeper and more complex way to stimulate and challenge these brilliant young minds. This special program is in addition to the regular Funday School held every Sunday.
Our teen program is built on the rich history of the Centers for Spiritual Living’s National Teen Program that has been enriching the lives of teens since the 1070’s.
Built around experiential workshops, this program is designed to help empower Teens to use critical thinking and apply spiritual practices to their daily lives as well as develop deep and meaningful relationships with one another.
This program currently meets once a month at Columbia CSL Hall after sunday Services at 12:30pm.