CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: August, 2013

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

1. August calendar
1a. Senior High calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education: Big Changes!
3. Annual intergenerational water communion
4. Pick-up intergenerational choir
5. Family service opportunity

1. August calendar
Sun., Aug. 4: RETURN TO TWO SERVICES at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
   9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school: papier machee
  10:35 a.m.: Pick-up intergen. choir (see below)
Sat., Aug. 10, 11:45 a.m.: Family service opportunity (see below)
Sun., Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday School: boats and rubber ducks
  10:35 a.m.: Pick-up intergen. choir (see below)
  12:15 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch
Sun., Aug. 18, 9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Water Communion (see below)
Sun., Aug. 25, 9:30 a.m.: First day of regular Sunday school
Sun., Sept. 1: Labor Day, no Sunday school, child care only

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) calendar:
Sun., Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education: Big Changes!

You’re going to see a couple of big changes in our children and youth programs this year. The Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee and I decided to make these changes to better accommodate the needs of parents and kids.

A. We’re starting Sunday school earlier this year. Most children and teens are in school by mid-August, and parents have been telling the CYRE Committee and me that we need to align Sunday school and youth group with school schedules. So the first intergenerational service of the year, the popular Water Communion service (see below), will take place on Sunday, August 18. Regular Sunday school will begin the following Sunday, August 25, at 9:30 a.m.

B. We’re seeing an increasing number of kids in fourth through eighth grades. We have so many middle-school aged kids that we don’t have a room big enough to accommodate all of them! So we’re going to make the following changes:
— Purple class will include seventh and eighth graders
— We will add a new group, Lavender class, which will be fifth and sixth graders (mostly sixth graders)
— Blue class will be fourth graders only

Change can be annoying, but these are actually pretty good changes. Starting Sunday school earlier this year will mean we will have an extra week in the spring, which will be enough time to rehearse and perform a play — something a number of people have been asking for. And it’s great that we have lots more kids in the fourth through sixth grade age range — it makes it more fun for the kids, and for the adults, too!

I look forward to seeing you at UUCPA sometime soon,
Rev. Dan Harper

3. Annual intergenerational water communion service

On Sun., Aug. 18, we’ll have our annual “water communion.” Note that we are having this service a month earlier than last year, to better correspond with new school schedules in the area.

What happens in a water communion service? Everyone is invited to bring a little bit of water that represents their summer — it could be water from your own house to represent your garden, or water from a grandparent’s house you visited this summer, or what-have-you. During the service, you’ll have a chance to empty this water into a communal bowl to show how we’re all connected.

Children and youth typically enjoy this service — it is experiential, participatory, and welcoming. One parent or other adult (grandparent, etc.) should be sitting with each child, to help keep them focused, and to be available to take them to child care during the service as needed (child care will be available during both services). Attending intergenerational services is a great way for our kids to experience what it means to be part of a UU community.

4. Pick-up intergenerational choir

Want to help lead a song in the service? Dan Harper will be teaching a song — actually it’s more like a call-and-response chant — to adults and kids after the 9:30 service on Aug. 4 and 11. The idea is that you come learn the chant, and the moves that go with it, and then help Dan lead the chant in the 9:30 service on Sun., Aug. 18, and again on Sun., Aug. 25. We’ll spend about 10-15 minutes each week practicing and refining the chant.

This is a pick-up choir, so attendance requirements are loose — the only requirement is that if you want to participate on Aug. 18, you have to come either Aug. 4 or 11. If you can’t make it on either Aug. 18 or 25, feel free to show up on Aug. 4 or 11 anyway.

5. Family service opportunity

You and your children can help serve lunch at Stevenson House, the federally-subsidized elder housing complex next door to UUCPA. Stevenson House only provides meals on weekdays, so congregations in the area have gotten together to serve meals every Saturday. UUCPA will be serving lunch this Saturday, May 5. We already have people signed up to prepare the meal, and now we need friendly children and adults to serve the meal.

Anyone age 5 and up may help serve meals. We also need greeters to welcome people in the dining room, and go around and chat — greeters can be babies on up (though infants and toddlers should bring a parent to carry them around). You can Edie Keating know if you plan to come and help serve lunch — or just show up!

Park in the UUCPA parking lot at 11:30, walk over the bridge across the creek to Stevenson House, and follow the path to the main building where you’ll easily find the kitchen.

If you can’t make it this Saturday, plan ahead for upcoming Stevenson House lunches — we’ll be serving lunch again on Oct. 6.