CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE Newsletter: April, 2013

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

1. March calendar
1a. Senior High and Coming of Age calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education: About the Judean Village
3. Easter egg hunt on March 31
4. All-Church Dance
5. New safety policy for legal minors

1. March calendar
Sun., Mar. 31, 9:30 and 11:00: Intergenerational Easter services
10:30 a.m.: Easter egg hunt (see below)
Sun., Apr. 7, 9:30 a.m.: Judean Village begins (see below)
Sun., Apr. 14, 10:30 a.m.: Parent Journey
Sat., Apr. 20, 5:00 p.m.: All-Church Dance (see below)
Sun., Apr. 21, 12:30-3:00 p.m.: UUCPA Annual Meeting
Sun., Apr. 28, 10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) and Coming of Age (CoA) calendar:
Sun., Apr. 7, 6:30 p.m.: CoA
Sun., Apr. 14, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
Sun., Apr. 21, 6:30 p.m.: CoA
Sun., Apr. 28, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

The Judean Village project is about to start, and it will keep going up through Sunday, May 5. During the Judean Village project, we recreate a Judean village from the year 29. Children become apprentices to shopkeepers in the village, and learn a craft or skill that they might have seen in a real Judean village two thousand years ago. A Roman solider and a tax collector will roam the village, trying to collect taxes from the shopkeepers. And there will be rumors about a religious teacher and alleged faith healer, Jesus of Nazareth, who may or may not be organizing resistance to the oppressive Roman rulers of Judea.

Here’s how the program will work each week:

Children in grades K-5 will go into the main service as usual, and when they leave for Sunday school, everyone will go to Room 4/5. There we will have a village meeting, during which we will sing a traditional Jewish song, Shalom Haverim, perhaps gossip a little bit about what’s going on in the village, and then children will go to the different shopkeepers to serve as apprentices, to learn a craft or skill.

Young people in grades 6-8 (Purple Class) will have a slightly different schedule. Here’s the tentative schedule for this age group: There is a planned trip to the Hindu Holi celebration at Stanford on April 7, and a possible follow-up discussion on April 14. Purple Class kids have asked if they can help out the shopkeepers, and they will be able to do this on April 21 and 18. Then as usual, Purple Class will lead the annual May Day celebration on May 5, and will practice for that during Sunday school time. ***Watch for Purple Class emails giving firm details of the schedule!

Preschool children usually find the Judean Village a little too overwhelming, so they will get to go to supervised play in Rooms 2/3 for these five weeks.

One last thing about the program:

The Judean Village Chamber of Commerce is still looking for a few shopkeepers. If you’d like to be a Baker (recipes provided), a Potter (air-dry clay provided), or a Weaver (yarn and project idea provided), please let me know!

Rev. Dan Harper

3. Easter egg hunt on March 31

The Easter egg hunt will be Sunday, March 31st on the playground behind Rooms 4/5. It’s also ‘Bring-a-Friend’ Sunday, so encourage a friend to come along for the service and stay for the hunt.

Interested youngsters are encouraged to bring a small Easter egg basket (we will have extras on hand). Gather after the 9:30am service at the playground entrance to get organized by age before the hunt begins. Young-at-heart spectators are also welcome to come enjoy the fun.

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) that can be hidden individually
* bring a couple of extra baskets for kids to use who forget theirs (clearly marked with your name so that we can get it back to you).

Please contact Heather Chen (see the email newsletter for her contact info) if you are planning to bring decorated eggs so that we can plan accordingly.

Older youngsters who want to help out can come to the playground during the 9:30am service to help scatter/hide eggs and candies. Please note that helpers shouldn’t participate in the hunt.

Looking forward to a fun hunt!

4. All-Church Dance

The first annual All-Church Dance will happen Saturday, April 20th in the Main Hall. Paul Kostka (parent of John, Sarah, Emma, and James) and his Irish band will be playing tunes, and Bob Fraley will be calling the steps. The night is being sponsored by the Membership and Growth Committee and the Religious Education Committee.

This will be a community dance for all ages, even the little ones. Expect silly moves and delightful tunes, all designed to lift your mood and inspire pure fun! A pizza dinner (free!) will be provided at 5, with the dance action starting at 6.

Need more info? Contact Brooke Bishara (see the email newsletter for her contact info).

5. New safety policy for legal minors

At their March 19 meeting, the Board of UUCPA adopted a new safety policy for legal minors. This brings our written policy in line with the procedures we have actually been following. You can see the new policy and procedures online at the Children and Youth Religious Education Web site here: