CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: May, 2014


1. May calendar
1a. Senior High and OWL calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. All-ages Flower Communion service on May 11
4. All-ages peace service on May 18

1. May calendar

Sun., May 4, 9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30: Baby Journey

Sun., May 11, 9:30 a.m.: Flower service for all ages
10:30 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:00 noon: Second Sunday brunch

Sun., 18, 9:30 a.m.: Peace service for all ages
10:30 a.m.: Annual Easter egg hunt in playground

Sun., 25, 9:30 a.m.: Memorial Day weekend, child care only
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) and OWL calendar:

Sat., May 3, 3-8 p.m.: OWL
Sun., May 4, *no* OWL
Sun., May 11, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting
6:30 p.m.: OWL class
Sun., May 18, 9:30 and 11:00: SHYG leads worship services
6:30 p.m.: Final OWL meeting
Sun., May, 25 6:30 p.m.: Possible SHYG meeting, check email

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

May is the month we wind down our regular Sunday school year, look forward to the summer, and plan for the next Sunday school year.

We wind up our regular Sunday school year with three very different days. Sunday, May 4, will be the last day of Peace Experiments — the last day for kids to try unicycling, crocheting, baking, and the other popular Peace Experiments activities. Then on May 11, we will have the all-ages Flower Communion service — see below for a description. On May 18, our high school youth group will lead the worship service, and I hope you will bring your kids along to see what the big kids are doing — see below for a description. On Memorial Day weekend, May 25, we will not have Sunday school, as so many families are out of town, but we will have child care as usual.

Sunday school activities will continue in June, and all summer long. Summer Sunday school looks more like summer camp than Sunday school, with fun activities and a chance to socialize with other kids. We think of summer Sunday school as one of the best times to work on our first primary educational goal, to have fun and build community. More about summer Sunday school in the next issue of the CYRE newsletter!

And we’re already planning hard for next year! We will be offering our popular OWL comprehensive sexuality education program for grades K-1 and grades 4-6 in the winter of 2015. We will *also* offer OWL for grades 7-9 again next year, from January through May. Spring, 2015, will see the return of the popular Judean Village program — which promises to be bigger and better than before, with the possibility of live farm animals, additional skilled shop keepers, and more. We will offer the Coming of Age program for grade 8-9, a program which some graduates tell us was life-changing for them. All this in addition to our regular excellent Sunday school classes — and we have so many middle schoolers next year that we may have to add another section of Purple class!

To help us in our planning, please register you child/ren *now* for next year! The registration form is online here:
If you have registered before, our Religious Education Assistant Hong Bui will have a partially completed form waiting for you at church on Sunday morning.

See you soon,
Rev. Dan Harper

3. All-ages Flower Communion service on May 11

At the popular popular all-ages Flower Communion, everyone brings a flower. At the beginning of the service, we all put our flowers in vases at the front of the Main Hall. Then during the service, everyone takes a different flower home with them.

Children like this service because they get to give a flower, and take a flower home. Older children begin to understand how the exchange of flowers symbolizes how we are connected as a community. The stories, music, and a short sermon are aimed at all ages — good for kids, but with content to make adults think. There will be a flower coloring book for younger kids.

4. All-ages peace service on May 18

On Sunday, May 18, the members of the senior high youth group will lead the service on the topic of peace. We decided to make this an all-ages service because we have found that children, particularly older children, are fascinated when the teenagers lead a service.

Some graduates of our Sunday school program have told us that watching the teenagers speak in a service made them realize that they, too, could do such a thing when they got older. Since public speaking is a key skill we hope to teach to children and teenagers, we believe this service is an important way to motivate younger children to learn this skill.

5. UU Summer Peace Camp

From June 16-20, there will be a UU Summer Peace Camp for gr. 1-5 at First Unitarian Church in San Jose. Camp director Rev. Geoff Rimositis, MRE at the San Jose church, will be joined on staff by our own Rev. Dan Harper.

Find out more at the camp’s Web site: