Jeffrey Melcher, Director of Religious Education
Dear RE Community,
Things are poppin' and really hoppin'!! Here are a few paragraphs of report, announcement, and planning. Read on ...
Crab Feed: The Children's Program was well attended. More than a dozen kids attended. It was good for the families and the kids. One adjustment we made was to serve the younger kids their pasta downstairs. This worked very well as there were no open seats upstairs. A good note for next year. It allows the kids to have their pasta and stay in the kid space.
We Need Teachers –We are building our RE program. We have two teachers in each classroom most of the time. We have new families registering with RE and joining the RE community and becoming members or UUCM. Join our team of teachers. It is an enriching experience and spiritual path unto its own.
In order to give teachers a break and rotate them back into the adult service on occasion, we need another six to eight teachers on the team. Given the policy of six months at UUCM before being allowed to teach (another safe congregations policy), we can not ask new parents to teach, yet. So, for the time being we need parents and members who have been around six months or more to step up, get training, and take a shift. Be proactive … give me a call.
RE and Social Justice are working closely to expand our awareness and understanding of homelessness and its causes. We are taking a field trip on March 23rd for a site visit and tour of St. Vincent's. We will car pool from UUCM at 1pm.Prior to leaving, we will have our own lunch at UUCM. Soup, salad and bread: sliding scale $3-$10. (100% of profits to benefit St Vincent's) Everyone welcome.
Summer YRUU program: We are going to have a limited summer program for YRUU, June through August. Sue Gauthier-Pin is available and most of the youth are around for major portions during the Summer. We plan on having events which outreach to friends and community.
YRUU to Join UUCM Heritage Project - Nikki Gothelf is meeting with the YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) to ask them to join the Heritage Project which will soon be taking place at UUCM. Nikki and Sue Gautier-Pin are working together to create an arts-based multigenerational oral history project which will focus on the history of our congregation. They will will meet on ideas about how the youth can be involved in this project and I will introduce an arts-based interview technique to the youth. This project will be a great opportunity to better know the elders of the congregation, learn about our congregation’s history, and express creativity.
Safe Congregations: A move to comply with safe congregation standards and have two adult is each class has been put in place and achieved most of the time. On the occasion that there is only one adult with the kids we use a “random visit” procedure with a “floating” adult as monitor.
Valentine's Day LOVE – Much appreciated were the Valentine's Day cards which the youth made and sent out to some of our dear congregants who don't get around as much as they used to. Thank you Sue and the YRUU.
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