Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

Does your family have an unusual or particularly meaningful holiday tradition? Do you go as a family to serve meals to the hungry and homeless? Do you have a unique family ritual? Is the way that you engage in gift-giving different from the dominant consumer culture’s buying and packing frenzy?

        Do you have a special memory of a holiday that was out of the ordinary that has given your celebrations new meaning or purpose? Have you received traditions handed down through the generations? Have you woven together the threads of two or more traditions into your family in an interesting way?

        If you answered in the affirmative to any of these questions, then I would like to hear from you. Our December 20th multigenerational worship service theme is how we as Unitarian Universalists celebrate the winter holidays (secular, pagan, Jewish, Christian, etc.), including ways of gift-giving. FCB collects non-perishable food for the Grow Clinic during this annual worship service.

        The FCB staff team is beginning to plan this service during which the children’s choirs all sing. We would like to include several of your special traditions interspersed between story and song as part of the service. There may also be a need for readers for the story-parts.

        Please give me a call (617-484-1054, x205) or send me an e-mail (clehmann@uubelmont.org) if you’d like to be involved.

Special Activities for families in November:

  • Belmont High School theater performances of “The Laramie Project” on November 5, 6 & 7. This is a powerful play about the people of Laramie, Wyoming in the year following the murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man: k12.ma.us/bps/fpa/News/
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  • Fellowship Circle Suppers on November 7th are a fun way to get to know other members of FCB. Look for sign-up sheets at coffee-hour. There are several hosts who are encouraging families with children to participate.
  • Adult Programs presents the documentary film “Growing Up Trans” on November 19th in the Parish Hall. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., screening starts at 7 p.m. and is followed by a panel Q&A. The film and discussion is suitable for middle school students and older.
  • Belmont Religious Council’s annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on November 22 at 7 p.m. in the FCB sanctuary. Bring non-perishable food items for the Belmont Food Pantry. Refreshments follow the service.

Volunteers are needed in CRE

  • CRE is looking for one more UU Visitor-volunteer to play Unitarian minister Charles Follen on December 6th. Plus, in the spring, we will have a few Bible People as visitors. If you are interested in any of these, please contact the CRE Office.
  • Non-parent volunteers are always welcome; please let CRE Office know that you are interested in working with FCB children in the Nursery, the classrooms or for special events.
  • All children must be registered for CRE. If you haven’t already registered your children for CRE, please do so by using the registration link found on the Children’s Religious Education page of the FCB website — uubelmont.org/childrens-re/ — which allows you to register children from birth through 12thgrade. You can find more information about the program on the website and peruse Charlotte’s blog.
  • 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: Mon-Tues-Weds, 10 – 6. E-mail: clehmann@uubelmont.org.

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