UUCPA RE newsletter: June/July, 2015

Contents:

1. June and July calendar
1a. Senior High calendar
1b. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Still time to register for UUCPA’s EcoJustice Camp
4. Sign up to teach Sunday school
5. Dan Harper’s summer schedule

1.June and July, 2015, calendar
Sun., May 31, 9:30 a.m.: Sunday school — evaluate the program with Dan

Sun., June 7, 9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., June 14, 9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

From June 21 through August, there will be one service at 10:30 a.m.:
Sun., June 14, 10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., June 21, 10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., June 28, 10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., July 5, 10:30 a.m.: No Sunday school, child care available

Sun., July 12, 10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., July 19, 10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., July 26, 10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Beginning in August, we’ll return to two services:
Sun., Aug. 2, 9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) calendar:
June 7-11: SHYG service trip to L.A.

1b. Navigators
Navigators is our bias-free scouting program. Navigators will be on summer break until school starts up again. For more information, please contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Summer Sundays at UUCPA are nice and relaxed. There may be fewer people at church, but people are more likely to linger and talk, so it’s a great time to meet new people. Summer Sunday school for gr. K-5 feels more like summer camp, and takes place every Sunday except July 5 (due to the holiday). Edie Keating will be leading most of the summer Sunday school sessions, and I’ll lead the sessions in early August.

We’ll return to our regular schedule on Sunday, August 23. Looking ahead to next year, in addition to Sunday school for gr. preK-8, youth group for gr. 9-12, and the Parent Journey drop-in group, we’ll be offering OWL for gr. 7-9 (beginning in September), Coming of Age for gr. 8-9 (beginning in September), Children’s Choir for gr. K-5 (various times), a possible monthly high school group focused on international affairs, and more.

Watch for the next edition of this newsletter in early August for information about all the exciting programs we have lined up for 2015-2016! And in the mean time, I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer.

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. Still time to register for UUCPA’s EcoJustice Camp

Still have holes to fill in your summer camp schedule? You can still sign up kids in gr. 2-5 for this ecology camp at UUCPA. Visit ecojusticecamp.org for details, and to find a registration packet.

 

4. Sign up to teach Sunday school

People who offer to teach in the Sunday school are the heart and soul of religious education at UUCPA. Their teaching ministry is one of deed more than word, of setting an example more than wordy instruction. Their caring presence encourages new learning and new growth for all generations.

Each year, parents, grandparents, non-parents, and others volunteer to be Sunday school teachers. The Associate Minister of Religious Education provides face-to-face and online training opportunities. Teacher-to-teacher mentoring also contributes to excellence in teaching, since teaching teams typically include one or more experienced teachers who can act as mentors.

Because training and guidance are easily available, newcomers to teaching, and newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, find they too can succeed at teaching Sunday school. People who have never taught or led a program before are surprised at how satisfying this ministry can be, and they are pleased at how well they can meet its challenges.

Consider furthering your own spiritual growth by leading a church school or adult program.

You can sign up to teach Sunday school online here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kJ6HDr67_vNtscpV0qcAml0s2eVI1HVEin-UdF_7ZFs/edit?usp=sharing

And to learn more about what teachers do, you can look at the online Teacher’s Manual here:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/teacher-resources/teacher-manual/

 

5. Dan Harper’s summer schedule

Dan will be on sabbatical from June 1-June 21. He will be back at UUCPA to help run EcoJustice Camp, and then he will be off again on vacation and study leave, returning August 1.

 

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