UUCPA RE newsletter: February, 2013

February, 2013, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at UUCPA

Contents:

1. February calendar
   1a. Senior High and Coming of Age calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. UUCPA members to go camping
4. Looking ahead to the big spring project

1. February calendar
   Both regular Sunday school (9:30) and OWL classes (11:00) continue throughout the month.
Sun., Feb. 10, 11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
   Watch the CREparents email list for info about Parent Journey!
Sun., Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) and Coming of Age (CoA) calendar:
   Sun., Feb. 3: 6:30 p.m.: Optional CoA meeting (Superbowl Sunday)
   Sun., Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
   Sun., Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.: CoA
   Sun., Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

It seems to me that people at UUCPA have been getting very social lately. Here are some examples of what I mean:

— The Yellow class (gr. K-1) had a family get-together one Saturday night in January. Adults and kids had a lovely time eating pizza, decorating cookies, playing with Legos, and stringing beads. Brooke Bishara (Grace’s mom) organized this event, and it went so well that we’re looking at ways that other Sunday school classes might have similar gatherings.

— Instead of having their usual monthly meeting, the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee got together for a potluck dinner instead. Kids and adults ate dinner together, and got to know each other better.

— I have noticed that many families are hanging around UUCPA after classes are over on Sundays. Many children in the program are forming nice friendships, and they want to spend time with their friends — especially, it seems, the kids in the Purple class (gr. 6-8), but also kids in the other classes. And parents are also finding it pleasant to hang out and talk with other adults.

Many families come to UUCPA for the educational programs we offer — the OWL comprehensive sexuality education programs, the Neighboring Faiths program where middle schoolers visit other faith communities, the various Sunday school classes. But most of us are also looking for ways to connect with other people, and as it turns out UUCPA is a good place to meet people with similar values.

This is a win-win situation for parents and kids. UUCPA is a great place for kids — I watch our children growing and maturing, improving their social skills, and becoming more resilient persons. And — UUCPA is also a great place for adults to meet like-minded souls, and have some adult needs met.

What’s not to like? Hope to see you this sunday!
— Dan
(Rev. Dan Harper)

3. UUCPA families to go camping in May

A number of UUCPA families will be going camping together in May. Jenny Robertson writes:

“It looks like a number of us are going camping at Butano the weekend of May 10! [See http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=536 for more on this campsite. — Ed.] I have an extra site that holds 8 people, so if you are interested and the drive-in sites are full, let me know. First come, first serve.

“To facilitate communication about the trip, I’m asking the people who are going to fill out a spreadsheet with some contact information. One person per family please add the information. It’s a Google spreadsheet that everyone with this link can edit –”

The link is included if you received this newsletter via email, or contact Jenny directly, or Dan Harper at UUCPA.

Thanks for organizing this trip, Jenny!

4. Looking ahead to the big spring project

Once again this year, the entire Sunday school will travel back in time to the year 29 B.C.E., and become a Judean Village. Children will have an opportunity to become apprentices to various shopkeepers in the village. Roman soldiers and tax collectors will roam the village, trying to get shopkeepers to pay taxes. Rumors will float around about a radical rabble-rouser named Jesus of Nazareth who may or may not be plotting the overthrow of the Roman tyrants, raising people from the dead, and/or eating dinner with the hated tax collectors.

The Judean Village project will happen on five Sunday mornings: April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5. The Village Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking adults to serve as shopkeepers — we provide complete instructions in running a craft or other project at your shop for apprentices to learn.

In a new feature this year, Purple class (gr. 6-8) kids have volunteered to help shopkeepers — these kids have been through the Judean Village program before, and now they want to help teach a craft to a new batch of apprentices.

Also new this year, a Judean songperson will be teaching villagers a traditional Jewish song that children will have a chance to sing in the Sunday service on May 12.

Watch this newsletter for more details as the Judean Village gets closer!

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