UUCPA RE newsletter: August, 2015

Contents:

1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Coming of Age meeting
4. All-ages water communion service
5. Sign up to teach Sunday school

1a. Sunday school calendar
Sun., Aug. 9, 9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Aug. 16, 9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Teacher safety training offered

Sun., Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.: All-ages water communion service
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m.: First day of regular Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Teacher safety training offered

1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL):
Sun., Aug. 23, 11:00 a.m.: Belize service trip slide show
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age meeting for parents and teens
6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting

Sun., Aug. 30, 11:00 a.m.: Youth United Nations group
6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting

1c. 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

Here’s a brief overview of children and youth programs at UUCPA in 2015-2016:

This year, the Sunday school will be divided into the following age groups:
Red class for preschoolers
Yellow class for grades K-1
Green class for grade 2
Blue class for grade 3
Lavender class for grades 4 and 5
Purple class for grades 6-8

There will be two sections of Purple class (both gr. 6-8). The “Neighboring Faiths” section will take field trips to other faith communities, and the “Ecojustice” section will explore how we live our UU values through environmental action.

There will be several different programs available for teens:

We will offer the popular OWL comprehensive sexuality education class for teens in grades 7-9, and if you have a child in that age range who has registered with UUCPA (and has not taken OWL before), you will receive an email notice in the near future from Maribea Berry, the OWL coordinator.

We will offer the popular Coming of Age program for gr. 8-10 in 2015-2016 — see below for the date of the initial informational meeting.

Shannon Casey will be coordinating a monthly group for young people in gr. 9-12 who are interested in learning more about the United Nations, with a trip planned to U.N. headquarters — see below for the date of the first meeting.

Some high school youth have requested that we offer the OWL comprehensive sexuality education program for grades 10-12. Assuming we can find adult leaders, we will contact families with children in this age range to see if your teen wishes to participate.

The best way to stay informed about all the programs we offer is to fill out a registration form for your child/ren — that way, we have up-to-date contact information for you. You can pick up a registration form at UUCPA next time you’re there, or email me and ask for one — danharper@uucpa.org

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. Coming of Age meeting for parents and teens

UUCPA will be offering the popular Coming of Age program in 2015-2016 for youth entering grades 8-10 in the fall. The goal of our Coming of Age program is to help young people sort out their ethical and religious identity (recognizing that some young people do not feel religious at all). Participants report that this program is fun, challenging, and interesting. More information about the program is available online here.

Teens who are thinking of participating in the program should come to an informational meeting on Sunday, August 23, at 11:00 a.m. in Room A. Rev. Dan Harper will explain the program, and answer any questions you may have.

 

4. All-ages water communion service

On Sun., Aug. 23, 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, etc. 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 because 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.

 

5. Youth United Nations group

Shannon Casey will be coordinating a group for teenagers who would like to learn more about the United Nations. The group will meet once a month, and the final meeting will involve a trip to New York to visit United Nations headquarters.

For more information, contact Shannon Casey — see the email version of this newsletter for her email address — or come to the first meeting on Sunday, August 30, at 11:00 a.m.

 

6. Sign up to teach Sunday school

There are still opening to teach Sunday school this year. 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 Sunday school program.

You can sign up to teach Sunday school online here.

And to learn more about what teachers do, you can look at the online Teacher’s Manual here.

 

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