Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

Although the church year is drawing to a close, staff and leadership do cast their vision forward into the next year.
     For CRE this means cleaning up the classrooms, putting away supplies, making end-of-year purchases, and sending one more Children’s Offering donation to a worthy organization – the children chose New England Greyhound Rescue as the recipient of over $100.
     It also means planning for the next year’s classes, recruiting teachers, ordering supplies, reminding CRE families to register their children and youth for FCB’s religious education programs – CRE, OWL, COA, and Youth Group, and putting CRE classes and events on the calendar.
     For me, it means making sure that my successor can find everything that they need, with or without Wendy’s assistance. It means clearing my things out of the CRE Office. It also means saying goodbyes.
     I have really enjoyed my two years as the Acting Director of CRE at FCB. I have lived and breathed the seven UU principles along with the children, youth, teachers, CRE Committee, families, staff and FCB community. We have seen everyone as important, treated all people fairly and kindly, accepted one another and kept on learning together. We have encouraged each person to search for what is right and true, given everyone a vote about the things that concern them, worked for a peaceful, fair and free world, and taken care of the Mother Earth, our Blue Boat Home.
     When I introduced myself two autumns ago, I promised to keep the program running smoothly while at the same time making an assessment of what is working well and where making changes could strengthen the program. I communicated my findings with the Parish Board in a report in December 2015, as well as stating the most significant realities in my report for the annual meeting each spring.
     At the time of my first meeting you, I also said that I had chosen to work in the field of religious education/life-span faith formation while I was still working to meet the requirements of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, because I felt it would broaden and deepen my ministry. It has certainly done this and I am grateful for the experience I have had here at FCB. I believe the benefits of my experience here will show – and perhaps already have in the interim search process – as I embark on the adventure that lies ahead for me as the interim minister in Tallahassee.
     May this congregation continue to grow in love as we go in peace to our summer haunts. And don’t forget to bring a little water back with you in September that represents all the places you’ve gone in June, July and August.
     In case I don’t see you at the Flower Communion and Annual End-of-Year Picnic, many blessings upon your journeys.
     Yours in faith and with fond regards,

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

Remaining CRE programs

  • June 12th, Flower Communion, multigenerational worship services at 9 am and 11 am. If your family would like to light the chalice or help with ushering, please contact the CRE Office (crebelmont@gmail.com). The annual end-of-year fellowship picnic follows at 12:30 pm. Food and fun for all!

Children’s Religious Education Program Registration and Information:

  • Consider registering your children for CRE early for 2016-17 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 12 thgrade. All children must be registered for CRE.
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