UUCPA RE newsletter: August, 2014

Contents:

1. August calendar
1a. Senior High and Coming of Age calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. All-ages Water Communion service on August 17
4. Coming of Age program starting up
5. Sunday school open house on August 24
6. Upcoming sabbatical for Rev. Dan Harper

1. August calendar

Sun., Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school (gr. K-5) w/ Dan Harper
11:00 a.m.: Teacher Safety Training, Room 10

Sun., Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school (gr. K-5) w/ Dan Harper
11:00 a.m.: Teacher training, Room 10
12:00 noon: Second Sunday brunch

Sun., Aug. 17, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.: Water Communion service for all ages

Sun., Aug. 24, 9:30 a.m.: First day of regular Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: Sunday School Open House, Room 4/5
11:00 a.m.: Teacher Safety Training, Room 10

 

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

Sun., Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m.: First SHYG meeting of the year, Room A
6:30 p.m.: Coming of Age program introductory meeting, in the Fireside Room

 

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Regular programming for children and youth at UUCPA begins again in August. We’ll have our first intergenerational service of the year, the Water Communion service, which is typically enjoyed by children and teens. Regular Sunday school and the Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) will both start up on August 24 (see the calendar above).

You’re probably gearing up for school and other activities, too. Remember that the easiest way to keep informed about what’s happening at UUCPA is to read this monthly newsletter. You can also check out our Web site for children and youth programming — uucpa-cyre.org

And we still have two weeks of summer Sunday school left! Summer Sundays are nice and relaxing, and I hope you get a chance to come by UUCPA, meet up with old friends or make new friends, and just hang out.

See you soon,
Rev. Dan Harper

 

3. All-ages Water Communion service on August 17

On Sun., Aug. 17, we’ll have our annual “water communion.” 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. Coming of Age program starting up

There will be an introductory meeting for the Coming of Age program, offered every second year for youth entering gr. 8-10, on Sunday, August 24, at 6:30 in the evening.

You can find an overview of the program online here: https://uucpa-cyre.org/parent-resources/coming-of-age/

Please attend the August 24 meeting if your child is either planning to attend Coming of Age, *or* if your family is not yet sure about Coming of Age.

 

5. Sunday school open house on August 24

The Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee cordially invite you to attend a Sunday school Open House on Sunday, August 24, at 11:00 a.m.! This is a chance to meet members of the CYRE Committee, to ask questions, and to look over curriculum books for your child’s class.

You and your family can grab some waffles and hard-boiled eggs at the Fourth Sunday Brunch beforehand. Then drop your kids off at child care, and come in to Room 4/5 to meet other parents, learn more about our children’s programs, and have fun!

 

6. Upcoming sabbatical for Rev. Dan Harper

The UUCPA Board of Trustees has approved a sabbatical for Rev. Dan Harper during the 2014/2015 congregational year, as allowed by his contract with UUCPA. Dan will be working on writing and curriculum development, and he will be taking four non-consecutive months as sabbatical time — November, February, April, and June — and possibly 3 non-consecutive weeks in August, September, and October of 2015.

The CYRE Committee and Board have already made plans to cover for Dan while he is on sabbatical. More information about Dan’s sabbatical plans will be forthcoming in September.

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