Religious Education Ministry – September 2019

Our official Religious Education (RE) September start is coming up on September 8th! As in the past, our elementary RE program will vary from one week to the next. We will be mixing cooking, mindfulness, art, science, and literature activities in with our discussions about the UU faith and practice. Jacy also has a wonderful program planned which will care and nurture our youngest members of the congregation in the preschool, birth through Pre-K.

This year we will be offering Coming of Age for 7th-9th graders. Coming of Age starts with a bonding experience and ends with a pilgrimage to Boston to learn about UU heritage. One of the most important aspects of this curriculum is time devoted to learning spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, social justice, art – focused time to leave behind any stress and concentrate fully on being at peace. The beginning of the year is ritually started with a ceremony in church and the end of the year is marked by the kids sharing their credos – or personal faith statements — with the congregation. Please talk to me if you are interested in your youth participating or if you have questions about the program.

This fall I will be meeting with high school youth to work with them on how to make the most of their UUSA experience. High school is a stressful time and it is important for our programming to be as meaningful as possible. Youth and parents can reach out to me at any time.

As many of you know, the RE program follows the congregation’s Safer Congregation policy, which requires two adults in the room with children at all times. Please consider donating your time to helping out one Sunday in the RE rooms. No planning is necessary, unless you would like to lead the group. Please talk to me or someone on the RE Ministry if you are interested.

Rebecca Fricke, Director of Religious Education, or 413-687-8722

Dates to Put in your Calendar:

  • RE Sidewalk Sunday – September 1, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
  • Water Communion and first official day of RE – September 8.
  • Welcome Back Picnic – September 15 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Groff Park, Amherst. • Upper Elementary and Youth will once again be volunteering for the Connecticut River Conservancys Annual Source to Sea Cleanup – Saturday, September 28.

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