Beginning May 14, 2017, there will be one worship service and one R.E. session at 10 a.m. Free childcare will be available from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.
On May 21, the children will remain in the worship service a bit longer than usual and then go downstairs for group activities. May 28 will be a Group Sunday. On June 4 there will be an intergenerational worship service at Katfish Katy’s Campground and a Group Sunday at church.
Summer religious education classes will begin on June 11. Two classes will be offered:
- Pre-K through 3rd Grade: “Spirit Play” curriculum (Montessori-inspired classroom).
- 3rd through 8th Grade: Workshops led by different church members on different fun topics from yoga to theater games to creating a video podcast.
There is an overlap in age grouping between the two classes, and parents can decide which program is most suitable for their children’s interests and maturity.
In addition to our classes, we will also have several intergenerational services and Group and Service Sundays. Here is the schedule:
- July 9: Intergenerational Service
- July 16: R.E. Classes – Workshop Class: Theater Games
- July 23: R.E. Classes – Workshop Class: To be announced
- July 30: Intergenerational Service – Spirit Play for All
- Aug. 6: R.E. Classes
- Aug. 13: R.E. Classes
- Aug. 20: Intergenerational Service
- Aug. 27: Intergenerational Service
- Sept. 3: Group Sunday
Our high school youth group, YRUU, will meet this summer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recent graduates from eighth grade are invited to participate as well. The teens will start making their summer plans at their annual retreat June 2-4. Our eighth grade graduates are invited to attend the second day of the retreat. If you have not already done so, please let us know if you plan to participate.
In September we will resume our schedule of offering children’s religious education classes at both 9 and 11 a.m. on most Sundays. The children will join their parents in the Sanctuary for the first 10-15 minutes of the worship service and then be led to their classes in the Lower Level by their teachers. The classes are described below.
There will be no R.E. classes once a month when we have intergenerational worship services. On those Sundays, the children are invited to be with their parents/guardians in the Sanctuary the entire time.
On all Sundays we will offer free nursery care for infants to 3-year-olds from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This past year’s 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School programs are described below.
9 a.m. Sunday School
On Feb. 5, 2017 we began offering religious education at 9 a.m. in addition to the traditional 11 a.m. classes. The curriculum, called “Spirit Play,” is based on a Montessori approach to learning that encourages self-directed exploration and allows children to engage deeply with their own religious education in a way that meets their own individual needs and interests. There was one mixed-aged class, most appropriate for children ages 3-9.
11 a.m. Sunday School
We offered the following children’s R.E. classes at 11 a.m.:
|Barnum (Nursery)||4 mos. – 3-year-old|
|Potter (Pre-School)||3-year-old* – Pre-K||Chalice Children|
|Schweitzer||Kindergarten – 1st Grade||Love Surrounds Us|
|Thoreau||2nd – 3rd Grades||Love Will Guide Us|
|Adams Family||4th – 5th Grades||Love Connects Us|
|YUUTS||6th – 8th Grades||Heeding the Call|
* Potty-trained 3-year-olds are invited to attend the Potter Class.
11 a.m. R.E. classes end at 12:15 p.m. Pre-school through 3rd Grade children will await pickup by their parents or guardians while older children will be dismissed to join their families on their own at that time.
Our spacious and well-equipped nursery is available for use at no charge during the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. Our nursery class serves children from 4 months through pre-potty-trained 3-year-olds. Our nursery aides are contracted to have full responsibility for no more than three children each. Two aides work each Sunday. Parents and others are strongly encouraged to assist with care when there are more than six children in the nursery.
Aug. 5, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Pie and Board Games
A monthly event for all ages. Bring your favorite board game, your favorite pie, or both, and join us for a time of fun, fellowship and pie!
Aug. 20, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. – Family-friendly hike at Grindstone Nature Area. Meet in parking lot at UUCC.
Aug. 22, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. – Shorter hike suitable for the smallest UUs. Meet in parking lot at UUCC.
Aug. 26, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon – Training for R.E. Teachers and Aides
Training for R.E. teachers and aides will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 26, 2017 at the church. Teachers will meet the team they will be working with and will together set a vision for what they want children in their class to get out of their experience in R.E.
We will learn techniques for adapting curriculum to the kids we are teaching, for dealing with challenging behaviors, for addressing any special needs our students have, and so much more.
New teachers, this is an invaluable experience for getting ready for the year ahead. And experienced teachers, we hope you attend as well to share your wisdom and perhaps to learn a new trick or two!
Breakfast will be provided.
Aug. 27, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – YRUU Curriculum Planning Day
YRUU Curriculum Planning Day will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 27, 2017. As always, the YRUU high school youth group will meet to create their own curriculum for the year.
Teens who want a say in what we do and learn about this year should attend this meeting! Bring your ideas for workshops, fun outings, great movies to watch and discuss, etc.
Aug. 27, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m. – R.E. Team Training
R.E. Team Training will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 27, 2017.
The R.E. Team, the church team that oversees our religious education program, will work with UUA District Program Consultant for Congregational Life Nancy Combs Morgan to learn how to work together most effectively as a team and to develop our vision for our R.E. pro gram and make a plan for making that vision become a reality.
Anyone who is interested in joining the R.E. Team this year should attend this training.