CYRE newsletter for April

April, 2018, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 1 (no fooling)
4. Planning for next Sunday school year

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., April 1:
9:30 a.m.: Easter intergenerational service
10:30 a.m.: Easter egg hunt
11:00 a.m.: Easter intergenerational service

Sun., April 8:
9:30 a.m.: Judean Village
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., April 15:
9:30 a.m.: Judean Village

Sun., April 22:
9:30 a.m.: Judean Village
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., April 29:
9:30 a.m.: Judean Village

 

1b. Youth calendar
SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), CoA (Coming of Age), and OWL 7-9

Sun., April 1:
No youth programs, Easter

Sun., April 8:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age, last chance to work on plywood sculptures
No OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

Sun., April 15:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

Sun., April 22:
11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

Sun., April 29:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

 

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month, September through May. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

 

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Our Judean Village program began on Sunday, March 25, and more than one parent told me that their children insisted on coming to UUCPA because they like Judean Village so much. I’m not sure that we adults are entirely sure what the attraction of Judean Village is, but I tried to explain in in the sermon I gave on March 25, which is now online here.

I’m always interested in trying to figure out what kids like about UUCPA. Obviously, it differs from child to child. Equally obviously, children’s interests change as they get older. But I think there are some common strands.

Children and teens like UUCPA best when it is more like summer camp than like school. Not that they necessarily dislike school. But they spend a lot of time in school, and school can be stressful. At its best, UUCPA is fun.

Children and teens like UUCPA best when they can make connections across ages. Yes, they like hanging out with people their own age. But they also like spending time with adults who can serve as appropriate role models, and they like meeting kids who are older or younger than they are. At its best, UUCPA transcends age segregation.

Children and teens like UUCPA best when it seems meaningful. While they might say that they prefer fun over meaning, over and over again I watch as children and teens find something at UUCPA that helps them make meaning out of their lives. At its best, UUCPA is meaningful to kids.

Those are some of the things I have noticed that our children and teens like at UUCPA. But about your family? The Children and Youth Religious Education Committee and I are in the midst of planning for next school year. What does your family like best about UUCPA? Which programs do you like best? We’d love to hear from you.

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 1 (no fooling)

The Easter egg hunt will take place Sunday, April 1st, on the playground behind Rooms 4/5 after the first service. Easter is an intergenerational service, but childcare is available in room 2/3.

Interested youngsters are encouraged to bring a small Easter egg basket (we will have extras on hand). Gather after the 9:30 a.m. service at the playground entrance to get organized by age before the hunt begins. Spectators are also welcome!

If you want to help with the Easter Egg Hunt, you can:
— bring a dozen hard boiled, decorated eggs (drop off no later than 10:15am at entrance to playground) AND/OR
— a dozen plastic eggs stuffed with small candies or stickers — Please, no items containing nuts!
— loose foil-wrapped candies (such as chocolate eggs, fair trade if possible!) that can be hidden individually
— bring a couple of extra baskets for children who forget theirs (clearly marked with your name so we can get it back to you).

Please contact Heather Chen if you are planning to bring decorated eggs and/or candy so that we can plan accordingly.

Older youngsters who want to help can come to the playground during the 9:30 a.m. service to help scatter/hide eggs and candies. Please note that helpers should not participate in the hunt.

 

4. Planning for next Sunday school year

The Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee has begun planning for next year. They will meet on Sat., March 31, and again on Tues., April 3, from 7-9 p.m.

The Committee would love to hear your thoughts about priorities for next year. In addition, if planning programs is something you enjoy doing — and if you like serving on a committee that has fun and enjoys working with each other — consider joining the CYRE Committee. For more information, you can email the committee: cyrecommittee@uucpa.org

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January, 2018, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. OWL update

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Dec. 31:
9:30 a.m.: No Sunday school, Child care only

Sun., Jan. 7:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Community Singing
11:00 a.m.: Our Whole Lives (OWL) 4-6 Parent/Child(ren) together

Sun., Jan. 14:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Jan. 21:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: 4th Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL 4-6

Sun., Jan. 28:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Worship: Chandlemas and Chalice
10:30 a.m.: Treasure Sale
11:00 a.m.: OWL 4-6

1b. Youth calendar
SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), CoA (Coming of Age), and OWL (Our Whole Lives) 7-9

Sun., Dec. 31:
No afternoon & evening programming

Sun., Jan. 7:
11:00 a.m.: CoA
12:15 p.m.: Navigators
6:00 p.m.: SHYG (early to cook dinner for shelter)

Sun., Jan. 14:
No afternoon & evening programming

Sun., Jan. 21:
11:00 a.m.: CoA
12:15 p.m.: Navigators
5:00 p.m.: OWL 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Jan. 28:
11:00 a.m.: CoA
5:00 p.m.: OWL 7-9

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets most 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11:00 a.m., September through May. The schedule also includes field trips and overnights, so contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

2. OWL update
We are offering two units of Our Whole Lives, our age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education program, in 2017-2018 — the unit for gr. 4-6, and the unit for gr. 7-9. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality as well.

OWL gr. 4-6 will be offered Sunday mornings at 11, Jan.-March, 2018, and is almost full. If you would like to enroll your child in OWL gr. 4-6, please contact the coordinator, Alyssa Erickson. More info about OWL gr. 4-6 here: https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owlk146

OWL gr. 7-9 will offered Sunday evenings at 5, Jan.-May, 2018. There is a makeup session of the mandatory parent orientation at 11:00 a.m. on Sun, Jan. 7, 2018. All custodial parents of children taking this class must attend an orientation before the class begins. More info about OWL gr. 7-9 here: https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owl79

December, 2017, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:

1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. OWL update

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Dec. 3:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Worship: Posadas
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing (Christmas Carols)

Sun., Dec. 10:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Dec. 17:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Dec. 24:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational worship: Christmas Pageant
6:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
8:00 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sun., Dec. 31:
9:30 a.m.: No Sunday school, Child care only

Looking ahead:
Sat., Nov. 4, Annual UUCPA Auction (with Kids Auction)
Sun., Nov. 5, Daylight Savings Time ends

 

1b. Youth calendar
SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), CoA (Coming of Age), and OWL 7-9

Sun., Dec. 3:
12:15 p.m.: Navigators
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 10:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 17:
12:15 p.m.: Navigators
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 24:
No afternoon & evening programming

Sun., Dec. 31:
No afternoon & evening programming

 

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets most 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11:00 a.m., September through May. The schedule also includes field trips and overnights, so contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

 

2. OWL update

We are offering two units of Our Whole Lives, our age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education program, in 2017-2018 — the unit for gr. 4-6, and the unit for gr. 7-9. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality as well.

OWL gr. 4-6 will be offered Sunday mornings at 11, Jan.-March, 2018, and now has 10 children enrolled. There is room for 6 more children to enroll. If you would like to enroll your child in OWL gr. 4-6, please contact the coordinator, Alyssa Erickson. More info about OWL gr. 4-6 here:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owlk146

OWL gr. 7-9 will offered Sunday evenings at 5, Jan.-May, 2018. There is a mandatory parent orientation in the evening on Dec. 3, 2017. We expect this class to fill to capacity this year, so to avoid being placed on a wait list be sure that all custodial parents attend the parent orientation. More info about OWL gr. 7-9 here:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owl79

October, 2017, CYRE newsletter

October, 2017, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:

1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. Meet Mr. Barb Greve, Sabbatical Religious Educator
3. Halloween Parade on Oct. 29
4. OWL update

 

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Oct. 1:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

Sun., Oct. 8:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Oct. 15:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Oct. 22:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:35 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., Oct. 29:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Halloween Parade

Looking ahead:
Sat., Nov. 4, Annual UUCPA Auction (with Kids Auction)
Sun., Nov. 5, Daylight Savings Time ends

 

1b. Youth calendar
SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), CoA (Coming of Age), and OWL 7-9

Sun., Oct. 1:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 8:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 15:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age (plywood sculptures)

Sun., Oct. 22:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 29:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

 

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets most 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11:00 a.m., September through May. The schedule also includes field trips and overnights, so contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list. Continue reading

Sabbatical Religious Educator hired

The Sabbatical Seek Committee is excited to announce that we have hired a Religious Educator to serve the congregation during Rev. Dan Harper’s sabbatical.

Mr. Barb Greve will be filling in as a half-time Religious Educator, from Nov 1, 2017 to Mar 1, 2018. He will be supervising the Children, Youth, and Adult Religious Education Programs. Barb is a UUA Credentialed Religious Educator, at the Masters Level, with 11 years of experience as a Director of Religious Education at various UU congregations. The CYRE Committee will fill in for Dan during the month of October. The Sabbatical Committee (Maricia Scott, Edie Keating, Emma Grant-Bier, Wynne Furth) will be communicating more information about our new Sabbatical Religious Educator soon.

Posted for the Sabbatical Seek Committee: Heather Chen, Robert Neff, Audrey Erbes, Sally Ahnger, Tessa Swartz.

More about Barb Greve:

Barb Greve is one of the co-moderators of the UUA, the highest volunteer position within U.S. Unitarian Universalism — click here.

Not only is he an experienced religious educator, Barb Greve is a powerful preacher too, as you can see in this video:

Barb Greve is a strong advocate for diversity within Unitarian Universalism — click here.

With Rev. Sean Parker Dennison (who served as Sabbatical Minister while Amy was on sabbatical in 2910), Barb Greve co-founded Trans Unitarian Universalist Professionals (TRUUsT).

September, 2017, CYRE newsletter

September, 2017, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Safety training for teachers and youth advisors
4. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) schedule set for the year
5. OWL for gr. 4/6 coming soon

 

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Sept. 3:
No Sunday school, holiday weekend
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

Sun., Sept. 10:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Safety training for teachers and advisors
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Sept. 17:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Safety training for teachers and advisors

Sun., Sept. 24:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL 4/6 parent orientation

Sat., Sept. 30:
8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.: UU religious education conference, First Unitarian of Oakland

 

1b. Youth calendar
SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), CoA (Coming of Age), and OWL 7-9

Sun., Sept. 3:
No youth programs, holiday weekend

Sat., Sept. 9:
6-10 p.m.: CoA group #1 makes dinner for Hotel de Zink

Sun., Sept. 10:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG, plan menu for Hotel de Zink

Sat., Sept. 16:
6-10 p.m.: SHYG makes dinner for Hotel de Zink

Sun., Sept. 17:
No youth programs

Sat., Sept. 23:
6-10 p.m.: CoA group #2 makes dinner for Hotel de Zink

Sun., Sept. 24:
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

 

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month, September through May. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

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August, 2017, CYRE newsletter

August, 2017, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Openings for UUCPA’s Bass Lake Camp
4. Training for teachers and youth advisors
5. Pot of Gold Religious Education Conference Sept. 30
6. Coming of Age program
7. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) begins

 

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Aug. 6:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

Sun., Aug. 13:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Water Communion
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch
12:15 p.m.: Safety training for teachers and advisors

Sun., Aug. 20:
9:30 a.m.: First day of regular Sunday school
10:45 a.m.: Teacher training
12:15 p.m.: Safety training for teachers and advisors

Sun., Aug. 27:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age family meeting

 

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Aug. 27:
6:00 p.m.: First meeting of the Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

 

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month, September through May. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

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July, 2017, CYRE newsletter

July, 2017, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Summer Sunday school schedule
4. Sept. religious education conference

 

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., July 2:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., July 9:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., July 9:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., July 16:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., July 30:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., Aug. 6:
***Return to 2 services***
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

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June, 2017, CYRE newsletter

June, 2017, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Summer Sunday school schedule
4. Sabbatical update
5. Parent Journey needs coordinator
6. Please sign in for child care

 

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., June 4:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

Sun., June 11:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., June 18:
Summer services begin — one service only at 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., June 25:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

1b. Youth calendar

Wed., June 21:
OWL gr. 10-12 final meeting (and party), contact Dan Harper for details

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month, September through May. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

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May, 2017, CYRE newsletter

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Spring Project for gr. K-5: Ecology Experiments
4. Nature Camp for gr. K-1, June 12-16
5. Please sign in for child care
6. Flower communion service
7. Coming of Age service

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., May 7:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

Sun., May 14:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Flower Communion service (see below)
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., May 21:
9:30 a.m.: Coming of Age service and child care

Sun., May 28:
9:30 a.m.: No Sunday school, child care only
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., May 7:
12:00 noon: Coming of Age (note later time)
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sat., May 13: SHYG hike (contact Robert Neff)

Sun., May 14:
No Coming of Age this week
No OWL gr. 7-9 this week
6:30 p.m.: No SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., May 21:
Coming of Age leads both morning services
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9, final session
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9 celebration dinner with families
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., May 28:
No programs, Memorial Day holiday

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

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