Jeffrey Melcher, Director of Religious Education
The RE Committee has adopted a set of words to express some the core values we want to teach and encourage in our children. These are in addition to the UUA Principles and Sources. We want to give the children and parents of UUCM a clearer word picture of values we want to multiply in ourselves and the world.
These values were “field tested” with the 4th-5th grade group. The one they added was “Joy”. The RE Committee gladly added this to its list and is grateful for the wisdom of our children.
UUCM RE Core Values
Dates to be aware of:
Nov 2 -- Dia de Los Muertos Hike – (more info below)
Nov 3 – Dia de Los Muertos service. Multi-age celebration. (more info below)
Nov 10 -- Begin our Toiletries and Socks Appeal for the Homeless
Nov 1-3 MUUGs Retreat (Middle School Unitarian Universalist Gathering) - Livermore
Nov 24 – Stone Soup and Congregational Conversation
Dec 1 – Annual Deck the Halls: craft fun for all ages
Dec 24th – Xmas Eve Family Service, 5 pm: carols and hymns, candles and hot chocolate.
In our classes
We have about 30 children and youth who attend on a fairly regular basis. (There are 43 on our roll list. Not all of them are registered). If you have not yet registered for this year, please pick up a form on the RE table in the lobby or ask Jeffrey.
Our teachers have stepped up and are working well to fill the role with virtue and a passion for engagement with the children in the subject matter and building relationships. Our program runs on volunteers.
Given the low attendance in the MUUGs group and a moderate weekly attendance in the 4-5 grade group, we have combined the groups for the Neighboring Faiths curriculum. There will be a number of field trips to other communities of worship. It is going to be an adventurous and fun year for this group.
Noon Release for RE Classes
The RE Committee adopted this proposal regarding noon release of RE classes:
“That we officially have RE classes until noon with the understanding that some parents may need to leave early.
Reasons: 1) Teachers need enough time to fully implement a planned lesson,
2) having a set dismissal time helps the teachers students and families plan the morning,
3) If service gets out before noon, parents get to attend coffee hour w/o kids for a while and bond with each other.”
At noon you can pick up your child at the door of their classroom. If after a time the teachers are ready to join the social hour they will bring the remaining children to the congregational gathering place in the courtyard or Fireside room depending on the weather. We will insure, for all ages, snack is provided during class.
Youth Choir - Come join us and make some glorious music!
RE Events Upcoming
All Church and Community Day of the Dead Hike -- Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10 am to 3 pm.
RE Events - Reports
Oct 5th BBQ report - The BBQ Saturday Oct 5th was reported as a success. Two families of the families that came fit in the “new to UUCM” category. Mikey says they got as many people there as they get to the Slide Park camping trip, but it was a lot closer. Thanks go to Thomas Ervin and Dianne Estrada for organizing this event.
Fall Pasta Feed report - I do not have any financial report to give at this time, but I would categorize it as a raving success. Over 90 people came and lots of good cheer was made. Thanks go to Monique Webster and Susan Mathews for organizing this tasty event.
Congregational Conversations - Even though Heidi called in sick the day of this event, we had Chloe Hunwick and Livy Songster to run games and a movie for the kids. There was a fair representation of parents at this first conversation. Kids programing will be available at the next one too, Nov 24th, after Stone Soup. Please plan on attending and RSVP if possible.
Our goal of YRUU having community involvement as a core identity as a UU started early this year. Sue Gauthier-Pin, Lead YRUU Advisor, arranged an overnight where activities beyond internal group bonding were explored and achieved: Milton’s concert, painting the climbing horse in the sandbox rainbow with Rust-O-leum, dancing with the N. Cal Contra Dancing society, and apple picking on the Derby farm. Two weeks later, pie baking for UUCM and St. Anthony's Dining Room. Many youth have helped with nursery and childcare, the Fall Pasta Feed, and made a connecting visit to Jelani’s Bike Shop. I hope to help them engage further as greeters and ushers on Sundays when there is not a formal YRUU meeting.