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What Makes a Religious Education Program Work? -- RE Notes for July 2018

altWhat makes a Religious Education program work? What makes it possible?

Is it a stellar curriculum? While important, no curriculum does not a program make. A personal story and a meaningful message can make a great class.

How about facilities? Good guess! Everybody knows I love a sparkly clean, well-organized classroom. But if our Transcendentalist forbearers have taught us
anything, it’s that Nature can be one of the very best teachers. So no, a classroom is not a must when the Outdoors are always available.

Kids! Kids, Heather, are certainly what makes an RE program possible. Ah, a valiant effort, friends, but no. Children are not the program. They are what the
program is for. They are the purpose of the program, the reason for its very existence.

An RE program can not exist without YOU. The congregation. The people who volunteer. The lifeblood of Religious Education are the teachers who show up
without fail every Sunday, the parents who bring snacks, the guests who offer a new perspective or specialty.

You are the cultivators of the future of Unitarian Universalism. You are the purveyors of faith, wisdom, experience, and compassion to the next generation of truth-seekers.

Worried that you’ve only been a UU for a year? No problem! We need your fresh perspective and unique story. Afraid you’re too old and out of touch with the kids? No worries! You are a wealth of information and experiences that are vital for the education of our youth.

Can you sew? We need you. Can you cook? We need you. Have you traveled the world? We need you. Are you a life-long UU? We need you. Are you an atheist? We need you. Are you a parent? We need you. Are you a broke college student? We need you.

Are you a member of UUFG? We. Need. YOU.

In Fellowship,
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Summer Religious Education Programming

We in the Religious Education department, together with our Children & Youth Religious Education Committee, are pleased to announce our fun new summer program. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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February 2017 Religious Education Notes

Efforts continue to refresh and rejuvenate our RE spaces. This spring, we are focusing on possibly the biggest and best of our RE facilities, the playground. In past CYREC meetings, we have discussed the value of art in children’s spaces and debated the various ways we could include it in our plans for the playground. We knew we wanted to involve local artists and we knew we wanted the piece to be interactive. We tossed around ideas of child-friendly sculpture, painted fence panels, even hand-crafted paving stones. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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Children's Education

Way Cool Sunday School” model, a model which emphasizes the importance of community and experience alongside curriculum learning. We begin each Sunday in the sanctuary to share in the first part of worship together.  This is an important ritual for our young people.  The exposure to liturgy is important for learning what our rituals are.  The shared worship experience with families allows them to connect on Sunday mornings in an inspiring and uplifting manner.  The experience of being together says to the children that they are valued and have a place in the congregation.  Children need that sense of belonging, don’t we all?

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Children's Sunday

Overview of Programming

Each week we offer creative and vibrant programming for children and youth. We believe that people of all ages deserve personal respect and compassionate community. Each person has intellectual and spiritual gifts to cultivate and explore. We offer nursery and preschool care, as well as classes and programming for those in kindergarten through high school.

On Sunday Morning

Each week, children and youth attend the beginning of the worship service. Twice a month they attend regular Sunday School classes, where they get to know their peer groups and learn about Unitarian Universalist ethics, values and history.

Once a month they collaborate with other children and youth on a Helping Hands justice project. We might learn about and label trees on our congregational campus one month. Another month, we might create care packages for children in families hosted by the homeless shelter supported by our congregation.

Once a month, children and youth remain in the sanctuary for a multigenerational worship service. (Nursery and preschool care is always available.)

Our youth group plans their own projects, such congregational Halloween parties and out of town trips.

Call ahead for specific scheduling information or just come! Visitors are always welcome.

Community Building

Friend us on Facebook for inspirational quotes, upcoming Sunday services and information about community events like intergenerational game night and picnics at local parks.

Check out our Facebook Page to get to know us better!

 


Religious Education Registration

All children and adolescents involved in any Religious Education program at UUFG, including Youth Group, must have a current, updated, registration form filled out and on file.

A new registration form needs to be filled out annually or whenever a child’s living situation changes. Any time new people wish to attend UUFG Religious Education classes, they can register.

Parents, children and youth do NOT need to be members of UUFG to register for and participate in UUFG Religious Education and Youth Group programs.



 

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