NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Welcome to Religious Education at First Church! If you are a first time visitor to First Unitarian Church and are curious about our Sunday school program, make sure to look at our prospectus for information on our curriculum.
To your side you can find out what your child will be learning, and doing, this coming Sunday; as well as review upcoming events that are RE related. And, below, you will find "Family Connections." This segment, which is updated periodically, offers helpful tips, thought provoking questions, and insight into how to foster spirituality within your children.
Director of Religious Education
Spring is here and summer is on its way! Do you know what summer camps your child will be attending this year? Do you have your summer vacation all planned? I'm hoping you don't.
You may not know this, but there are quite a few UU summer camps for children, youth and families, all within a days drive of Cincinnati. Just think of what a powerful experience it would be for you and your family if all of you were to spend one whole week this summer communing with like minded individuals. What clarity might you find? What passions would your child discover?
If I've peaked your interest, here are three such camps that may interest you...
OMD Summer Institute
Located just a short drive north, at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, this intergenerational gathering meets for one week in July. Families who wish to attend will be delighted to hear that there are specific programs geared toward young adults, Sr. High Youth, Jr. High youth, School age children, as well as Infants and Toddlers. A typical day includes a morning worship, age specific programing, lunch, and then intergenerational activities (ranging from ultimate frisbee to Dungeons and Dragons). The day is topped off with evening activities for adults and youth (a childcare co-op is offered to parents). To learn more, visit their website at http://omdsi.org/.
Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute
Just like the OMD Summer Institute, the Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI) is an intergenerational summer camp for families and individuals that offers specific programming for all ages. Unlike OMD, however, families who attend SUUSI will spend most of their day in age specific programming. Intergenerational activities are provided in the early evening, then a variety of nightlife is offered to adults (childcare co-op available) and families. SUUSI is located in Radford, Virginia and meets for one week in July. To learn more visit their website at http://www.suusi.org/index.php/home.
The Mountain: Retreat and Learning Center
The Mountain, located in Highlands, North Carolina, is the perfect place to commune with nature. The Mountain offers a variety of camps throughout the summer. There are sleep away camps offered throughout June and July for children and adults (6 years of age and up), a family camp offered at the end of July, and a few interest specific camps offered throughout the summer. To learn more about The Mountain, and it's various camps, visit its website at http://mountaincenters.org/pages/home.php.
This Sunday, April 27, 2014
At 9am ...
PreK - Jr. High: Ferdinand - Ferdinand is a bull, unlike any of the other bulls. Is it okay to be different?
PreK - K: Animals are Special - Animals are part of the 'web of life.' It is important that we treat them with love and respect - from the smallest insect, to the biggest mammal. What is the your favorite animal?
1st - 5th Grade Room 4 & 5: Links of Life (Preparation) - Today, all the 1st through 5th graders will gather together and prepare for their end of the year social justice project - raising money for the Red Cross. Planning and execution of this project are expected to last through mid-May, please be sure your child is here. I promise, they won't regret this leadership opportunity!
Jr. High: Work Day -Today, the Jr. High will continue working on their end of the year projects - creating a piece of pop culture about a social justice issue important to them - which will be presented at the youth service. Our guest speakers today will talk about poetry and illustration!
Sr. High: Service Planning -Today, the youth will join the Jr. High and continue planning the youth service.
UPCOMING EVENTS, INVITATIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
PreK - K Celebrate Nature, beginning April 6 - Starting today, the preschoolers and Kindergarteners will spend several Sundays (April 6 - May 11) celebrating the coming of spring, and all that nature has to offer. On their 6 week journey, they'll experience the wonder that comes from being in nature, and will learn how they can help our mother earth!
1st - 5th Grade Social Justice Project, beginning April 6 - Today, both of the 1st - 5th grade classrooms will combine in order to plan and implement a large social justice project of their own design. This social justice project will be implemented over 5 weeks (April 6 - May 4), allowing the children time to plan, prepare, promote and review their work. Don't let your child miss out on this unique leadership opportunity!
Easter Sunday, April 20 - No matter what Puxatony Phil says, spring is coming - a time of rebirth, a time of transformation, a time for planting seeds. Join us in multigenerational worship for this celebration of spring!
Chalica Book - A beginners guide to Chalica. Contains an introduction, a resource page, a brief history of Chalica, and suggestions on how to celebrate and honor each principle with actions, food, gifts, and books.