April, 2017, CYRE newsletter

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Spring Project for gr. K-5: Ecology Experiments
4. Nature Camp for gr. K-1, June 12-16
5. Annual Easter egg hunt on April 16
6. Why you should come to the intergenerational Easter service
7. Annual May Day celebration on April 30

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., April 2:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

Sun., April 9:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., April 16:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Easter service
10:30 a.m.: Easter egg hunt

Sun., April 23:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., April 30:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Maypole dancing

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., April 2:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
No OWL gr. 7-9 this week
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., April 9:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
No OWL gr. 7-9 this week
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., April 16:
No Coming of Age this week
No OWL gr. 7-9 this week
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., April 23:
11:00 a.m.-12:45: Coming of Age (note longer meeting time)
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30: OWL parent discussion group
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., April 30:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age (optional session for writing credos)
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

We have had to cancel the ecology camps for gr. 2-5 and gr. 6-8, scheduled for mid-June. These camps have been run by Mike Abraham and me, and we thought we were on track to hold them this year. But then we had some key staff who were unable to return, and on top of that both Mike and I lost our fathers in the past year, leaving us less time and energy to devote to the camps (note that much of my work for the camps is done on a volunteer basis).

Canceling the camps is unfortunate for two main reasons. First of all, some of our returning campers were very disappointed — it turns out that some of our campers felt this was the best camp they went to all last summer, and canceling the camps caused a certain amount of tears and even anger. Mike and I can only apologize, and say that we too are sad that we had to cancel these camps.

The other reason canceling these camps was unfortunate is that they were financially successful. Even though the camps were small (about a dozen children or teens each week), even though we were able to give scholarships to anyone who needed one, these camps actually generated a surplus. This is important as we explore how we can come up with innovative funding to continue to generate innovative educational programming.

Fortunately, we will still be able to offer Nature Camp June 12-16, 2017, for children completing Young Fives, TK, or gr. K-1 in 2017. Kris Geering is director of this half day camp, and she has wonderful plans in place for young campers.

And Mike and I hope to bring back the gr. 2-5 and gr. 6-8 camps next summer (if the campers forgive us for canceling this year). If you’d like to help us make that happen, either by providing logistics support or by serving on staff, please let me know!

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. Spring Project for gr. K-5: Ecology Experiments

The CYRE Committee is introducing a new Spring Project for gr. K-5 — Ecology Experiments! From March 26 through May 7, we’ll be offering fun ecology-centered activities for elementary aged kids. Projects include ecology-oriented crafts, quilting, games, etc. There will be fun ecology-oriented skits and environmental songs to sing. Kids like coming to the Spring Project, whatever the theme, because they get to choose the fun activities they prefer, and they get to be with other kids of different ages.

During the spring project, both the preschool classes and the middle school classes will continue to meet as usual.

 

4. Nature Camp for gr. K-1, June 12-16

Enrollment in our popular Nature Camp for gr. K-1 is now open!

Camp runs from June 12-16, 2017, and is for children completing Young Fives, TK, or gr. K-1 in 2017. Kris Geering will return as camp director. This is a half day camp, 9-1. Extended care available 8-9. Extended care from 1-5:30 may not be available every day, please ask us. You can register online here:
Rates and Registration

 

5. Annual Easter egg hunt

On April 16, we will have our annual Easter egg hunt between the two intergenerational Easter services. This fun event is fun both for the children who participate, and for the adults and teens who help set up and watch the hunt. One of the best parts about our Easter egg hunt is the way older children help out younger ones (and the very smallest children get to start before anyone else).

Note that while UUCPA does have baskets for collecting eggs, it helps if you bring baskets for your children. And if you’d like to help with advance preparation, or set-up on the day of the Easter egg hunt, please contact Heather Chen or Edie Keating.

 

6. Why you should come to the intergenerational Easter service

As a parent, you may want to know why you should bring your children to the annual Easter intergenerational service. Here are three reasons:

a. It’s a key part of our religious education program. This is our chance to tell children our interpretation of Easter and of Jesus, a rational interpretation that is sadly missing in the wider society.

b. Kids like the Easter coloring pages, and older kids like Silent Sermon Bingo (Silent Sermon Bingo is a quiet game children can play during the sermon). These pleasurable activities help them learn that worship services can be enjoyable, another key part of their religious education.

c. Younger children may not be able to sit through the entire service with their parents, but as usual our professional child care workers will be on duty.

 

7. Annual May Day celebration on April 30

On Sunday, April 30, we’ll have our annual May Day celebration, with Morris dancing and Maypole dancing to welcome Spring.

Morris dancing is done each year by middle school teens (gr. 6-8). Robert Neff will teach a traditional stick dance during Sunday school time, and the teens will perform it with Robert during social hour.

Maypole dancing takes place right after the Morris dancing, and anyone, of any age, can participate (young children should have a parent with them).

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