Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

Queen Esther (left) and Miriam

On April 3rd the children in our CRE classes were visited by two Bible visitors, Miriam — the sister of Moses – and Esther — a queen who saved the Jewish people. Miriam and Esther talked to the kids about the Bible stories that tell us about them and what it was like for women during Bible times in the ancient Middle East.
     The life of Miriam takes place around 1500 BCE. Miriam saved her baby brother Moses by placing him in a basket and leaving him in the bulrushes to be discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses was then raised as one of Pharaoh’s own family. Pharaoh was the king of Egypt and he enslaved the Israelites. The story of Moses in Exodus tells of their journey to freedom in the Promised Land. Like Moses, Miriam died before her people reached this place of freedom.
     Queen Esther’s story is told in the book that bears her name; it is the basis for the Jewish festival of Purim, which some of the kids celebrated in CRE on March 20th. It is a fun holiday that also involves food, acts of charity and the giving of gifts.
     Although they lived about 1000 years apart, both of these women stood up for what is true and good and changed the history of the Israelite people. Their stories also include people who, in the midst of evil, act to do good in the world.

Mark Your Calendars – Events of Interest to Families

  • Forty to None Day, April 27th. The film, “Pariah” will be shown this evening with a discussion of issues related to LGBT youth homelessness following the movie. According to True Colors, “approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), yet LGBT young people make up less than 7% of the general youth population.” The goal of True Colors is to reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none (https://truecolorsfund.org/40tononeday/).

CRE Volunteer Opportunities for All at FCB

  • Sign up to teach in any of the CRE classes on Sunday mornings: tinyurl.com/teachCRE. You will need to have recent background check (done by FCB in the last 2 years) or submit a new one using the form on-line: 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: tinyurl.com/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. You can easily sign-up for this volunteer opportunity here: tinyurl.com/sundaynursery. You will receive an e-mail reminder.

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 (www.uubelmont.org/childrens-re/) which allows you to register children from birth through 12thgrade. All children must be registered for CRE.

~ Charlotte Lehmann, Acting Director of Children’s Religious Education
Office hours: Tues-Weds, 10am-6pm. E-mail: clehmann@uubelmont.org.

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