Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

Wishing you a very warm welcome to First Church in Belmont as we return from summer holidays and schedules!

        CRE staff have been working over the summer to organize and plan for the 2015-16 church-year. CRE registrations are running on par with last year, CRE program volunteer sign-ups have begun, and classrooms and lesson plans are being prepared.

        Our CRE program begins on September 13th with the annual Ingathering Sunday when members and friends of FCB worship and celebrate together as a multigenerational congregation with a Water Communion. Don’t forget to bring a small container with water symbolizing your summer experiences, which will co-mingle with raindrops and dewdrops of FCB’s worshipping community. The Nursery, staffed by Denise Azar, and the preschool /Kindergarten classes begin that morning.

        The older children, grades 1-8, attend the Water Communion service on 9-13 and on 9-20 will gather together for CRE start-up activities.

        Regular classes begin on 9/27. This fall term’s pillar is Unitarian Universalism. There will be UU visitors on the first Sunday of each month during our regular “Community Sunday” for grades 1-6. Community Sundays are CRE’s children’s chapel service and include the sharing of joys and sorrows as well as a monthly children’s offering. Later in the year, the children will suggest possible recipients for the offering and then vote to determine which organization will receive it.

        We have made some curriculum changes, including “Faithful Journeys” for grades 3-4 and “Building Bridges” (the newly updated “Neighboring Faiths” program) for grade 7.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Other exciting plans for this fall include:

  • CRE Welcome Back! family-friendly night on Tuesday, September 22, from 6-8 pm. Come for pizza and socializing with CRE families. Everyone in the FCB community is invited to attend; childcare will be available after we eat together. (There is no school in Belmont the next day in recognition of Yom Kippur, part of the Jewish High Holidays.)
  • Coffee-hour in the Lower Hall on October 4th (& periodically throughout the year): coffee-hour will be held downstairs to bring our fellowship in contact with the CRE Wing.
  • On Saturday, October 10th (Columbus Day Weekend) the Fellowship Committee will lead a family-friendly hike.
  • Belmont Serves, October 12th – volunteer at the food pantry or help by being an environmental steward in our community.
  • Family-friendly pre-Halloween Party, October 24th – the Saturday before Halloween – the Youth Group and CRE are teaming up for some ghoulish fun! Try out your Halloween Costume, play some games, and socialize with your FCB friends.
  • Guest-At-Your-Table (GAYT) boxes are back in honor of the 75th anniversary of the UUSC. Look for them in mid-November.
  • December 20th Multigenerational Worship Service theme is UU family winter holy days traditions. Do you have special or unusual holiday traditions in your family? Would you like to participate in the multigenerational worship service in some way? Please contact Charlotte (clehmann@uubelmont.org) and share your traditions with her so she can start planning along with FCB program staff.

Volunteers are needed in CRE

  • Volunteers are needed to act as our UU visitors (Hosea Ballou, Clara Barton, Charles Follen, and Fannie Barrier Williams) and Bible People visitors (Moses, Miriam & Esther), if you are interested please contact the CRE Office.
  • CRE Committee members are needed. The committee meets on the 2nd Weds of each month from 7-8:30 pm. First meeting of the church-year is 9/9/15. Interested? Contact the CRE Office.
  • Non-parent teacher-volunteers are always welcome; please let CRE Office know that you are interested in working with FCB children.

 

Register now for 2015-2016 Children’s RE and Youth Programs using the registration link found on the Children’s Religious Education page (uubelmont.org/childrens-re/) which allows you to register children from birth through 12th grade. All children must be registered for CRE.

        Our children’s religious education program for nursery through grade 8 is a cooperative effort. Once you have been attending at FCB for at least six months, we ask that each family teach Children’s RE for at least eight weeks (you need not teach on consecutive Sundays) during the church year.

        If you are unable to teach, we have other opportunities for you to help out the program, such as serving on the Children’s Religious Education Committee, helping with special programs and events, and substituting as needed in the CRE classes (for a total of 16 hours per year per family).

        All individuals who work with children in the CRE, youth and music programs at FCB must have a background check. If you are a new volunteer or need to renew your background check (once every three years), you can find links to the “background authorization” form as well as “volunteer driver” form and “teacher code of ethics” form here (http://uubelmont.org/coriandsori/).

~ Charlotte Lehmann, Acting Director of Children’s Religious Education

Office hours: Tues 10am-6pm; other times by arrangement. E-mail: clehmann@uubelmont.org.

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