This month, the Lifespan Religious Education Team will be meeting on Sunday, November 11 at 12:00 pm. Come join us and find out what we are all about!
As we enter the holidays, we look at what we value most as a community as individuals. At Halloween (Samhain) we remember our ancestors. At Thanksgiving, we express gratitude for family, friends, and many blessings that we share. During the winter holidays, we honor the sacred and set forth on new paths with new resolutions.
What is important to us as a community, as a religious family?
Please sign up for one of the Autumn Blocks for Religious education NOW!
Autumn blocks are October 14 – November 18 Community Values and November 25 – December 23 Winter Pageant. The multigenerational service for the Winter Pageant block is the pageant itself and will involve all teachers continuing to assist. We only have a few rehearsals, so everything is very streamlined for a lot of intense fun! Contact Heather Cleland-Host, Director of Religious Education, if you are interested in either block.
We are scheduling volunteers in a new way this year. The religious education year has been divided into thematic blocks, and volunteers are asked to sign up for a block of Sundays, rather than Sundays scattered over the year. This allows volunteers and students to really get to know each other and build community, as well as providing continuity with the curriculum for volunteers. Each block will include five lesson-based Sundays where we need two volunteers (leader and assistant) for each class. Check out the schedule and email or message Heather with the blocks you would like to volunteer for, or sign up on the religious education bulletin board near the stairway to the wing.
We are currently in our first block, “Starting the Journey,” and in mid-October we will begin “Community Values.” We now have two Children’s Circles: a Junior class for pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grades and a Senior class for 3rd through 5th grades. Our Secondary class spans 6th through 10th grades.
Junior Children’s Circle is using lessons from the Tapestry of Faith program Wonderful Welcome for most of September and October:
9/30 The Gift of Forgiveness (Starting the Journey)
10/7 The Gift of Kindness (Starting the Journey)
10/14 The Gift of Friends (Community Values)
10/21 The Gift of Love (Community Values)
10/28 Multigenerational Service
Senior Children’s Circle is using lessons mostly from the Tapestry of Faith program Love Connects Us for September and October:
9/30 Welcoming Superman (Starting the Journey)
10/7 Kindness is the Key (Starting the Journey)
10/14 Get together more (Community Values)
10/21 Love is the Spirit of this Church (Community Values)
10/28 Multigenerational Service
Secondary Lodestone Class (6th -10th) is using Lodestone lessons on Money. They will be looking at how we manage our money and the value we place on things based on how we earn and use it.
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!
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!
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!