Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

Important Notice Regarding Free Time on FCB Playground from the CRE Committee:

The First Church in Belmont (FCB) staff and Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Committee wish to communicate that the church cannot under any circumstances be responsible for children playing in the stream behind the playground. Some children and families have gotten into the habit of going through the arbor vitae hedge along the property line between Powers Music and FCB to play in the water.

The area in question is private property belonging to the Baker/Underwood Condominiums. So, in point of fact, the children are no longer on church property and are trespassing on private property.

Whether they are back there with adult supervision or not, such activity is a safety risk and poses a liability to the congregation. This kind of activity becomes an insurance issue whether an accident happens or not.

While we are strong advocates for children engaging in play outdoors/in nature, please limit outdoor play to church property.

Again, please be advised that First Church in Belmont is not responsible for those children who play on the other side of the playground fence, nor does the First Church in Belmont encourage any such activity.

LOOKING AHEAD – Exciting plans for this fall include:

  • This week: The older children, grades 1-8, will gather together for CRE start-up activities on September 20.
  • CRE Welcome Back! family-friendly night on Tuesday, September 22, from 6-8 p.m. 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.) Please look for an electronic invitation to RSVP, with how many will attend and any dietary restrictions, sometime during the week.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The 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 p.m. Interested? Contact the CRE Office.
  • Non-parent teacher-volunteers are always welcome; please let the 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 link on the Children’s Religious Education page of the FCB website (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 (uubelmont.org/coriandsori/).

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

Office hours: Tues 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; other times by arrangement. E-mail: clehmann@uubelmont.org.

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