Religious Education for Children and Youth (October 2013)

Joanne Dingus  (Director of Religious Education)

Joanne Dingus
(Director of Religious Education)

By Joanne Dingus

We started the new set of classes on September 15. It was very gratifying to see so many of our volunteer teachers. We have twenty-four people teaching in Children’s RE this season. That means about fifteen percent of our members have chosen to dedicate time to enriching the lives of our children and youth. And these are just the classroom teachers. We also have nursery care providers, RE committee members, youth providing child care for committees and special events, and a “village” of people who watch out for and contribute to the lives of our UUFP kids, giving them opportunities to share their gifts of music or encouraging them to serve the wider community.

In the summer children collected goods for Animal Aid and LINK. At the end of September, children will help bake cookies to raise funds for the Crop Walk against hunger. Later in the year they will send care packages to our college students. Many will participate in yard-work days and caroling at the Winter Festival.

On October 6th, children’s RE will have one of the tables set up at the Committee Fair. Although we have many people already involved in RE, we will let people know about upcoming opportunities to participate in the program.

There are a couple of ways that you can join the RE team in the new year. We will be looking for teachers to work with the Coming of Age class starting in January. Students will also be asked to choose mentors for this program. So additional adults will get the chance to share time and work on questions of faith with these youth.

For folks looking for a limited commitment, we will be offering the Fellowship Friends program for a 4 week time period in January and February. Participants will exchange letters with children and have a discovery luncheon at the end of the 4 weeks.

And for those who just want to enjoy time with other RE families, I can personally recommend the Retreat which will take place October 25-27 at Pocahontas State Park and the monthly Got Kids luncheons. Lots of fun for people of all ages!

As we focus on multi-generational experiences this year, I invite each of you to enjoy the scheduled RE events as a teacher, helper, or enthusiastic participant.

See you in the RE!

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