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CYRE newsletter for June, 2018

June, 2018, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
3. Registration form online now for 2018/2019
4. Summer Sunday School

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., June 3:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., June 10:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., June 17:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
NOTE CHANGE IN TIME!

Sun., June 24:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., June 3:
6:30 p.m.: Last SHYG meeting of the school year

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

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

June brings the start of Summer Sunday School, one of my favorite parts of our religious education programs for children.

During the summer, grades K-8 all meet together for Sunday school. We do activities that look more like summer camp than Sunday school (the complete list of activities is at the end of this newsletter). Kids like the low-key activities, and we manage to slip in some gentle teaching as well. Kids also seem to like hanging out with kids of other ages.

This year, Beth Nord is going to stop by periodically to do music with the Summer Sunday School. We’ve already started learning the round “Come, Come, Whoever You Are,” along with an ostinato part, and the children sound pretty good. Beth is hoping that the kids will be able to sing this song for the whole congregation during the Water Communion on August 12.

We adults like Summer Sunday School, too. This year’s teachers include me, Edie Keating (chair of the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee), and Barb Greve (Religious Education Assistant). It’s a great way for us to get to know the children better.

One more thing — don’t forget that beginning June 17, we go to one service, at 10:30 a.m. We’ll return to two services in August.

Hope to see you this summer!

See you soon,
Dan Harper

3. Registration form online now for 2018/2019

It’s time to register your children for religious education programs for the 2018/2019 school year. Please fill out the registration form here: goo.gl/forms/af1e7akeOWWNmUw52

4. Summer Sunday School

Here’s the schedule of activities for Summer Sunday School:

Date & Time Teachers Activity
June 3, 9:30 Dan, Barb Story from China, plus gardening
June 10, 9:30 Dan, Barb Story from China, plus gardening
June 17, 10:30 Dan, Edie Craft: pounding art
June 24, 10:30 Edie, TBD Make waffles!
July 1, 10:30 Edie, Barb Legos and mystery activity
July 8, 10:30 Edie, Barb Kids cook 2nd Sunday lunch
July 15, 10:30 Edie, Barb Craft: painting glass jars
July 22, 10:30 Dan, Edie Make waffles plus an art project
July 29, 10:30 Dan, Barb Trip to Mitchell Park
Aug. 5, 9:30 Dan, Barb Nature scavenger hunt

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CYRE newsletter, May, 2018

May, 2018, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
3. Registration form online now for 2018/2019
4. Evaluation form online now for religious education programs
5. OWL programs in 2018-2019
6. Coming of Age in 2018/2019

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., May 6:
9:30 a.m.: Last day of Judean Village program, with petting zoo
10:30 a.m.: Party for CYRE volunteers (with cake)
11:00 a.m.: Petting zoo closes

Sun., May 13:
9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.: Intergenerational flower communion services
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., May 20:
9:30 a.m.: Coming of Age service

Sun., May 27:
No CYRE programs, child care only

Sun., June 3:
9:30 a.m.: Kids evaluate Sunday school with Dan

1b. Youth calendar
SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), CoA (Coming of Age), and OWL 7-9

Sun., May 6:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age, work on plywood sculptures
12:15-2 p.m.: Coming of Age, rehearsal for service
5:00 p.m.: OWL 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG), work on service project

Sun., May 13:
No Coming of Age
No OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

Sun., May 20:
8:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Coming of Age leads worship services
12:30 p.m.: Coming of Age lunch
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

Sun., May 27:
No youth programs

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

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Mr. Barb Greve, who had been our sabbatical religious educator, will be rejoining us at UUCPA, filling in as Religious Education Assistant while we search for a permanent replacement for former RE Assistant Hong Bui. I’m especially pleased at this news, not only because Barb is so experienced, but also because I’ve been having some respiratory illness this spring and am behind in administrative tasks. It’s good to have Barb back with us.

In other news, we have two intergenerational services that are worth bringing your children to. First, there’s Flower Communion on May 13. During this enjoyable service, everyone brings a flower to share, and takes home a different flower than they brought. This is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist service, with its roots in the 20th century Unitarian church of Czechoslovakia between the two worlds wars.

Second, there’s the Coming of Age service on May 20, during which this year’s Coming of Age participants give their “credos,” or statements of religious identity. We do not schedule any programs during the Coming of Age service because parents have asked us not to — many parents want their children to see the “big kids” lead the worship service, knowing that today’s children will someday be those big kids. We will have child care available for younger children who need to move around.

We don’t offer any religious education programs for children or teens over Memorial Day weekend, except for child care. But I look forward to June Sundays, which will begin with a chance for kids to participate in an evaluation of Sunday school, and go on to lots of fun Sunday activities during the summer.

See you soon,
Dan Harper

3. Registration form online now for 2018/2019

It’s time to register your children for religious education programs for the 2018/2019 school year. Please fill out the registration form here: goo.gl/forms/af1e7akeOWWNmUw52

4. Evaluation form online now for religious education programs

Help improve our programs for children and youth! Please fill in the online evaluation form here: goo.gl/forms/HuWFmDcRCBo4NpD63

Or you can simply send email to Dan Harper expressing your opinions about religious education programs.

5. OWL programs in 2018-2019

OWL is our comprehensive sexuality education program, with units for grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12.
— Because we offered it this year, we will not offer OWL for grades 7-9 in 2018/2019.
— Because we offered it this year, we will not offer OWL for grades 4-6 in 2018-2019.
— We will offer OWL for grades K-1 in 2018/2019.
— We will offer OWL for grades 10-12 in 2018/2019.

6. Coming of Age in 2018/2019

The Coming of Age program, for grades 8-9, will be offered in 2018/2019. You can see the complete curriculum for this popular program online here: kj6zwr.org/coming-of-age/

December, 2017, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:

1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. OWL update

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Dec. 3:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Worship: Posadas
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing (Christmas Carols)

Sun., Dec. 10:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Dec. 17:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Dec. 24:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational worship: Christmas Pageant
6:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
8:00 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sun., Dec. 31:
9:30 a.m.: No Sunday school, Child care only

Looking ahead:
Sat., Nov. 4, Annual UUCPA Auction (with Kids Auction)
Sun., Nov. 5, Daylight Savings Time ends

 

1b. Youth calendar
SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), CoA (Coming of Age), and OWL 7-9

Sun., Dec. 3:
12:15 p.m.: Navigators
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 10:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 17:
12:15 p.m.: Navigators
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 24:
No afternoon & evening programming

Sun., Dec. 31:
No afternoon & evening programming

 

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets most 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11:00 a.m., September through May. The schedule also includes field trips and overnights, so contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

 

2. OWL update

We are offering two units of Our Whole Lives, our age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education program, in 2017-2018 — the unit for gr. 4-6, and the unit for gr. 7-9. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality as well.

OWL gr. 4-6 will be offered Sunday mornings at 11, Jan.-March, 2018, and now has 10 children enrolled. There is room for 6 more children to enroll. If you would like to enroll your child in OWL gr. 4-6, please contact the coordinator, Alyssa Erickson. More info about OWL gr. 4-6 here:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owlk146

OWL gr. 7-9 will offered Sunday evenings at 5, Jan.-May, 2018. There is a mandatory parent orientation in the evening on Dec. 3, 2017. We expect this class to fill to capacity this year, so to avoid being placed on a wait list be sure that all custodial parents attend the parent orientation. More info about OWL gr. 7-9 here:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owl79

January, 2017, CYRE newsletter

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar (including OWL K-1 and 4-6)
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Game Night
4. OWL program update

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Jan. 8:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Posadas service
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Jan. 15:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
(No OWL K-1 and 4-6)
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Jan. 22:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

Sun., Jan. 29:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational service: About the flaming chalice
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Jan. 8:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., Jan. 15:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9 make-up orientation

Sun., Jan. 22:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: OWL parent discussion group
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Jan. 29:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
5:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9 parent orientation (visuals)
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.

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Preschool meditation curriculum

Kris Geering, one of our Sunday school teachers, has been developing a six-week Sunday school curriculum on meditation for preschoolers called “building Blocks of Meditating.” She and Carol Steinfeld taught this class in April in May, and got a positive response from the 4-8 children who showed up each week.

Kris has given us permission to publish this meditation curriculum online. To read it, click here.