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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

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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.