May, 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. Please sign in for child care
6. Flower communion service
7. Coming of Age service

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., May 7:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

Sun., May 14:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Flower Communion service (see below)
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., May 21:
9:30 a.m.: Coming of Age service and child care

Sun., May 28:
9:30 a.m.: No Sunday school, child care only
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., May 7:
12:00 noon: Coming of Age (note later time)
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sat., May 13: SHYG hike (contact Robert Neff)

Sun., May 14:
No Coming of Age this week
No OWL gr. 7-9 this week
6:30 p.m.: No SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., May 21:
Coming of Age leads both morning services
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9, final session
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9 celebration dinner with families
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., May 28:
No programs, Memorial Day holiday

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

The Board of Trustees has authorized a sabbatical for me from October, 2017, through February, 2018. The Children and Youth Education (CYRE) Committee, the Adult Religious Education (ARE) Committee, and the Committee on Ministry were all consulted before this sabbatical was authorized. The months of October through February were specifically chosen so that there will be minimal disruption to the various programs I support.

In about a month, the Board will appoint a Sabbatical Committee. The members of the Sabbatical Committee will be available to answer any questions you might have about the sabbatical, and one member of the committee will be a young person so that children and teens will also have someone who can answer any questions they might have.

The Board expects to hire a part-time staff person to provide program support for the five months of the sabbatical. The job description for this staff person is still being worked out, but I expect that that staff person would be present on Sunday mornings and evenings to supervise programs and support volunteers. Hong Bui, the Religious Education Assistant, will continue with her same duties through the sabbatical.

Amy Morgenstern, our senior minister, will supervise the part-time staff person, and support the program as needed while I’m on sabbatical. Of course Amy will continue to be available for pastoral care and counseling.

I’ll have more information about the sabbatical for you next month.

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. 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, the preschool class will continue to meet as usual.

 

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

Our popular Nature Camp for gr. K-1 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. You can register online here: https://ecojusticecamp.com/rates/

 

5. Please sign in for child care

On Sunday mornings, when your child enters child care, please take a moment to sign in. If you do not see the sign-in sheet, ask the child care staff where it is.

And when you pick your child up, please take a moment to sign your child out, and/or let the child care staff know that you have come to pick up your child.

 

6. Flower communion service

On Sunday, May 14, we will have our annual Flower Communion. Each person who attends this service brings a flower (yes, we will have extras in case you forget). And each person leaves with a different flower. This uniquely Unitarian Universalist service originated in the Unitarian church of Prague, Czechoslovakia, before the Second World War. It’s a lovely and moving service, and a great way for children to learn something about our Unitarian Universalist heritage. There will be a special activity book with coloring pages and puzzles, and of course younger children may go to child care if they need to.

 

7. Coming of Age service

On Sunday, May 21, the teen participants in this year’s Coming of Age program will give their “credos,” or statements of religious identity. We cancel Sunday school classes on Coming of Age Sunday for two reasons: First, we really want children and middle schoolers to see the big kids leading a service, and we hope that children middle schoolers will think, “Some day I will be doing that.” Second, we have a hard time getting Sunday school teachers that day because our teachers mostly want to go hear the teens give their credos.

Younger children may not be able to make it through the whole service, so there will be child care as usual.

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