The 2017-18 Religious Education Program year is now complete, and the Lifespan Religious Education Team is seeking feedback from those who participated in the program this past year (2017-18) as an adult volunteer or participant in adult or multigenerational programming, or as a parent of a child who participated in the children and youth program. We are also inviting teens to complete the survey if they wish. The team will use the responses to continue to improve the program. We need your responses by June 17 (Sunday).
The link to the evaluation can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3QF97WG
This evaluation is intended to look at the program as a whole (not any person in particular), and it will be conducted annually to assess the overall health of the program.
The evaluation takes only 5-10 minutes to complete, but if you are interrupted, you can return and complete the evaluation. TO DO SO, you need to click “SAVE” for the completed information to be saved, and then you can come back and finish the evaluation later, so long as it is done by the deadline (Sunday June 17). Names are encouraged, but optional. Please contact Heather Cleland-Host (Director of Religious Education), if there is more than one person in your household completing the evaluation (and only ONE computer, tablet, or comparable device) or if you cannot access SurveyMonkey and need a hard copy.
Your feedback is important to this effort and greatly appreciated!
On June 17, the Religious Education Program move to the COOLEST place to be in the Fellowship: Lower Level Religious Education Wing
Extended Nursery care (through Kindergarten age) will be located downstairs in the Nursery Room LL101. Older children will be in the Youth Room LL104.
Summer Sundays is an informal multi-age volunteer program. Typically, two adult volunteers lead activities inside using our Summer Activity Box (labeled for the number of kids attending) or play on the playground. Occasionally, a volunteer leader teaches an improv class, or builds airplanes, or dances, depending on the leader’s passion. This is a great opportunity to explore fun themes with our young people!
Please contact Paula Bauer or Heather Cleland-Host, if you have questions or would like to volunteer!
Sign up to volunteer here!
DAY CAMP: JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
Where kids can be themselves!
PLEASE REGISTER BY JUNE 4!
Discovery Camp is back! This time with full days!
When: Monday – Thursday, June 25-28 from 9am to 4pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland
Who: Children between the ages of 5 and 12. (Minimum twelve (12) campers)
Cost: $60 for three days (M-W) and $75 for four days (M-Th)
Extended care available until 5pm for $5/day.
Expenses are shared by the Fellowship and families. We have both volunteer and paid staff to keep costs low to each family. Discounts are available for families with multiple children. No child should be unable to participate due to finances. (Message Heather Cleland-Host for more information – this will be held in strict confidentiality).
THEME: We will be having four days of fun journeying from “port” to “port” on a grand adventure of self-discovery and community building, learning more about who we each are and what is important to ourselves and our community. We will start on the first day preparing for our journey and putting together our crew (team building). Subsequent days will be spent exploring various “ports” – like Port Legend or Port Courage. We will have fun activities like: building ships for our journey, creating traveling clothes (tie dye shirts), swabbing the decks (water fun), escaping from the Isle of Deception (Solving Puzzles), creative Expression through drama, drumming, & art, and plenty more!
NOTE: PLEASE REGISTER BY EMAILING DREHEATHER@UUFOM.ORG ASAP. We will not be holding the camp if we do not have at least 12 campers by June 4!
Discovery Camp Registration Form
May 20 after the service
This will be our last Soup and Sources event of the year, so we are doing something a little special and holding it after the service. We will have a soup contest, pizza, and fun activities exploring how we draw on different Sources including nature for our health and peace of mind. As a special treat, we will be combining the regular CUUPS meeting with this event. We will have a presentation by CUUPS members who will be sharing how Nature is a part of their spirituality. Fun activities will follow for children and adults alike. Contact Heather Cleland-Host for more information.
WHAT: A dinner and puzzle night for multigenerational teams.
WHO: Children and Adults who sign up will be matched to form teams.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Fill out a sign-up card introducing yourself, including a hint by which your partner will know you. It could be something obvious like that you will be wearing a hat, or you will skip into the Fellowship when you arrive, or something that requires conversation like that you like turtles and have rescued snappers.
- Shortly after arriving, you will be given another person’s introduction and hint, and you will be tasked with finding your partner.
- Everyone will share their meal and get to know each other.
After dinner, each team will solve a series of puzzle challenges. Everyone needs to complete their challenge so that all the attendees can open the treasure. (Puzzles and challenges will be scaled to the age of the younger partner).
“Seeking Meaning – the Journey”
The Lifespan Religious Education Team is happy to offer preliminary information about our religious education program for next year. After focusing on how we covenant to be with each other through the Seven Principles, and then on the Sources we draw on for inspiration and courage, we are turning toward the individual and community journey toward articulating our own faith: who am I? who are we? how do we connect to each other and the world? We will explore ways to create our own “credo” or statement of belief, and the ways that we as a congregation journey together and support each other in our paths.
For the Children’s Circle, we plan to use curricula with a focus on journeying or welcoming and with a focus on the formation of a loving, supportive community. For the Middle School, we will be using the Lodestone program, which explores big questions such as life and death, Unitarian Universalist values, ethical money usage, and racial justice. We will also be creating a Coming of Age program for interested older middle schoolers. Rev. Connie will be leading a Credo-building workshop for adults and older teens.
Over the next month, we will be sharing more with you and inviting you to share your ideas for this program. Looking forward to many wonderful conversations!
We are coming to the close of the Religious Education program year. We have spent a year reflecting on the gifts of Six Sources of religious inspiration that Unitarian Universalists have identified. These six are not all-inclusive of course, but they give a window into the breadth of Unitarian Universalist faith. The six are areas that speak to many of us – that call us.
A call is an interesting thing. Ministers and other religious professionals often speak of their ministry as a calling. Activists urge others to change the world with a call to action. Children are told to find their calling – what are you drawn to do, to be? Where are your talents? The expression has been used in both theistic religious ways – to express being called by God to do something, for instance. It has secular usage to simply describe a powerful draw to action. We might talk about a need to act or being called by love and joy and hope. I recently found myself in a conversation about the difference between a job and a calling. Some jobs we do out of duty or necessity, but the jobs we find most meaningful are the once that call us – that we feel passionately driven to go beyond mere job duties. A person who is called to heal works late into the night beyond their official hours. A person who is called to create art might spend days absorbed in their work. A minister or counselor might take calls late into the night, changing a life or two.
I think calling also applies to our church community – we are called to be part of this congregation, to help each other grow, to share our gifts with each other, young and old. Volunteers have one of the most amazing callings. Volunteering can be rewarding when you see the results achieved, but just as often, the rewards are unseen. We do not know the difference we made in a moment spent talking with a child, sharing a story, or feasting together. Thank you to all of you who made religious education classes your calling this year. Your dedication and commitment are what made this program a success.
Yours in the Spirit of UU,
April 29 Humanist Manifesto
May 13 Circle of Trees
Jedi Academy and the Youth Group meet every other Sunday to allow full attendance of all its members. Jedi Academy is a religious education program run during the service, and the youth group meets after the service for lunch and fun from 12-1PM. At the next meeting on April 29 they will be going to the Animal Shelter.
CHILDREN’S CIRCLE – LESSONS
MAY THEME – LIFE
Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
May 6 Aisha’s Moonlit Walk – This is a series of stories about a girl exploring the pagan seasonal holidays through the course of the year. We will be reading from the story about spring. https://www.amazon.com/Aishas-Moonlit-Walk-Stories-Celebrations/dp/1558964851
May 13 A Tree in the Ancient Forest – This story uses a Spirit Play CD story about the ecosystem around an ancient tree. https://dawnpub.com/our-books/tree-in-the-ancient-forest/
Please note that there have been changes to the story schedule due to the cancellation on April 15.
Guest presenters in Children’s Circle include Tony Tienda (UV Artwork – 5th Source), Jon Cleland-Host (Fun with Science – 5th Source), Andrew Schulz (Earth-themed music – 6th Source — cancelled due to ice storm, but kids still had fun in service!), Judith Hill (woodcarving – 6th Source), and Jessie Parham (gardening – 6th Source). Thank you!