Jan 1st: Bartholomew & the Oobleck – Leader & Reader: Katie Johnson
Jan 8th: Practice for RE Sunday - Adult volunteer needed
Jan 15th: RE Sunday: “Strong Is What We Make Each Other” – Adult volunteers needed
Jan 22nd: King Looie Katz – Leader: Deb Schneider, Reader: Needed
Jan 29th: The Big Brag – Leader: Katie Johnson, Reader: Needed
Sign up for these, or future, dates online here.
As we welcome the beginning of a new year, I am starting to look into some planning for religious education. There will be a meeting in the RE office on Thursday, January 19th, at 7:30 pm for all those interested in sharing ideas about what they would like to see happen in RE during the 2017-18 church year. Some of the topics I’d like to receive parent and congregant feedback on are the following:
- Splitting students into two classrooms & proposed curriculum for each group
- RE get-togethers/activities for children & youth outside of Sunday classes
- Budgeting & supplies
- Volunteer generation, retention, and recognition
As the purpose of this meeting is to produce ideas and provide feedback, attendance and sharing thoughts does not commit you to anything more. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to share your thoughts on any/all of the above topics, please feel free to visit me during my office hours on a Sunday (9 am – 2 pm) or email me.
As there has been a lot of interest expressed by parents to provide OWL for the large group of children we have in the 4th – 6th grade age group, I will be attending training at First Universalist in Minneapolis on January 6th – 8th. Since the church already owns the curriculum and parent guides for this age group, I look forward to doing my best to meet this expressed need next church year if at all possible.
January also brings the first of our RE Sundays for 2017. The service on the 15th is called “Strong Is What We Make Each Other,” and was written by Rev. Erika Hewitt, curator of the UUA’s Worship Web. The main lesson of the service is that living and working together in community is the greatest gift we have. All children and youth are invited to participate, and practice will be held the week before, on January 8th during the regular RE class time.
All children, youth, and adults are also invited to attend January’s Spiritual Practice Saturday on the 28th, from 10:00 – 11:30 am, which will focus on meditation. Many of us have heard there is a benefit to finding a regular moment of silence in our fast paced world, where we’re constantly battling a deluge of sensory input from all sides. How can we find the space and time to be silent? What are the benefits of doing so? How can you do so with children? Join us for discussion and a little practice!
Another date to mark your calendar for is our annual RE “Souper Sunday” fundraiser. We invite you to join us following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, January 29th, for a hearty lunch of filling soups. All free will donations will go to the youth fund.
If you would like to sign up to help with the January Religious Education, please use the online signup.