Week 5 – How did it go today?

What happened in the children’s religious education classes today? What worked well? What do you wish went better? What would you do differently next time?

Please post your thoughts in response to these questions (or any other thoughts about teaching CRE you would like to share) by clicking the Leave a Comment link.

If you prefer, you can write a note and send it to Rev. Dan using this Microsoft Word template.

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A day of rest

I posted teaching diary entries for the first three weeks of this Sunday school class on my personal blog: Week One, Week Two, Week Three.

It was Columbus Day weekend, and to give the volunteer teachers a break we decided that I would hold a “chapel service” this past Sunday. As a result, many families decided not to come to church at all. Attendance at the 9:30 service was 22 children, compared to 45-60 children on the previous three Sundays. And attendance at the 11:00 service was 2 children, both of whom were children of Sunday school teachers (there were also 5 teens and a couple of toddlers at this service, but they were in other programs).

The first fifteen minutes of the worship service this week were particularly welcoming to elementary age children. Susan Owicki, this week’s worship associate, made sure to mention that one of the children in the family who lit the chalice was having her fourth birthday today (the children in that family had already come to Sunday school at 9:30 and left right after they lit the chalice). The guest musician was a folksinger, and he sang a song that many children know, “A Place in the Choir” by Bill Staines. And the first hymn was an easy-to-sing “zipper song,” an African American hymn titled “There Is More Love Somewhere.” I thought to myself, Too bad only two elementary-aged children came this week! Continue reading “A day of rest”

CRE Blog Launched!

Here is a place for CRE teachers at UUCPA to share experiences of what happened in Sunday School and other religious education events. Each week, teachers have a chance to reflect on questions like:  What worked well today? What do you wish went better? What would you do differently next time? In addition, we get to read each other’s thoughts and respond if we wish.

Please post your thoughts in response to the blog entry for each Sunday. In general, please use first names only, initials or pseudonymns when mentioning people, especially children.

Note: some comments may be moderated and take up to 24 hours to appear.

If you prefer, you can write a note and send it to Rev. Dan using this Microsoft Word template.