Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

A very large number of parents and caregivers registered for our field test of the new UUA curriculum Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators. The class is at maximum capacity. The first session was well attended and it is evident from the conversations that continued in the hallway before people departed for home that it is off to a great start.

     In addition, the large attendance by parents and caregivers at the Adult Programs between services offering of “Children & Technology,” facilitated by Diana Dill with assistance from Stefan Frank and Wendy Conroy, points to a very real need in this congregation for programming aimed at parenting issues and offered at times that parents and caregivers can attend. CRE and Adult Programs is hearing this need loud and clear, and will do what they can to address this need as best they can, but they will need your help. Please let both programs know what you want to see in the future.

     It is gratifying to see the enthusiasm and energy for educational and social events that involve children and families. CRE is grateful that other program areas are recognizing the benefits of multigenerational events and have suggested ways to collaborate on activities such as the Pre-Halloween Party and the Fall Family Hike.

     Along with offering programs and activities, being able to provide childcare to parents and caregivers would go a long way to making it possible for them to be involved in the life of this congregation. Unfortunately, fielding enough teachers as well as an assistant nursery caregiver to help with the CRE program on Sunday mornings still proves to be a significant challenge for the CRE program. How can the congregation fill these needs?

Special Activities of interest this winter:

  • Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators continues on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month through May 24th. This program is especially helpful for parents/caregivers of tweens and teens but we welcome anyone who wishes to participate. Offered by CRE. For more information, and to register for the class, use the following link: com/gpv273y.

Children’s Religious Education Program Registration and Information:

If you haven’t registered your children for CRE, please do so ASAP 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. All children must be registered for CRE.

CRE Volunteer Opportunities for All at FCB

  • Teach any of the CRE classes on Sunday mornings: com/teachCRE. You will need to have recent background check (done by FCB in the last 2 years) or submit a new one using this form: uubelmont.org/coriandsori/.
  • Would your family like to lead the Chalice Lighting during the worship service one Sunday this year? CRE is coordinating this effort to involve families in this element of the worship service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Click to sign-up: chalicelighting. You will receive an e-mail reminder.
  • Non-parent teacher-volunteers are needed to assist our Childcare Provider, Denise Azar, in the Nursery at 9 and 11 am each Sunday. Click here: sundaynursery. You will receive an e-mail reminder.

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

Office hours: Tues-Weds, 10am-6pm. E-mail: clehmann@uubelmont.org.

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