Our official Religious Education (RE) September start is coming up on September 9! We are very fortunate to have Jacy continue to care and nurture our youngest members of the congregation in the Preschool, and our Elementary Group is fortunate to welcome Lesley Smith back to lead us in a Mindfulness activities. 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.
I have developed a new program called Sanctuary Keepers for our 6th – 8th graders and you will be seeing them in the sanctuary taking on roles that have normally been filled with adults. These youth will be rotating through the jobs of usher, sound manager, chalice lighter, greeters, etc. Most of our children have at least one experience a year when they are active participants in a service and this will let our middle schoolers become even more involved in the worship process.
This year we are going to shift gears with our Youth Group and go back to following a set schedule. During September we will work out what days and times work best for the majority of the group. I look forward to working on setting up the year with the youth and identifying what they would like to focus their time and energy on. I am hoping that the year can include a field trip to a big city and an urban UU.
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.
As many of you know, we will be having a book discussion this fall – October 28 – on the book The Third Reconstruction How a Moral Movement is Overcoming The Politics of Division and Fear by the Rev. Dr. William Barber II. If you ordered a book please contact me. If you need to order a book I can point you in the right direction. The more people, the better the discussion, so come talk to me. The RE Ministry is also open to providing other adult learning opportunities. Again, please talk to me if you have ideas.
Director of Religious Education
dre-at-uusocietyamherst.org or 413-687-8722
Dates to Put in your Calendar:
- RE Sidewalk Sunday – September 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Water Communion and first official day of RE: September 9.
- Welcome Back Picnic – September 18th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Mill River Park, Amherst.
- Upper Elementary and Youth will once again be volunteering for the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Annual Source to Sea Cleanup – Saturday, September 29.