Joanne Dingus  (Director of Religious Education)

Joanne Dingus
(Director of Religious Educatio

Submitted by Joanne Dingus

As you probably know, Rev. Andrew and I attend Vacuum meetings each month. Vacuum is a gathering of Ministers and DRE’s from our cluster. We meet to check-in with each other, worship, share news or issues currently being discussed in our faith, etc. For the DRE’s it’s a great time to share news about our programs.

At our most recent meeting the DRE in Fredericksburg talked about an activity she has started in her church. As in Scouting programs, the children and youth will be able to earn badges for participating in various activities around the church. She is working with each committee to come up with ways that the children and youth could get involved and feel more a part of the church as a whole and not just a part of the RE program. For example, to get the Grounds Committee badge, children might help out at a leaf-raking day. To get the Sunday Services badge, children might light the chalice one Sunday. I thought this was a clever idea and would like to propose we start something like this at our church.

We would want to make this easy for the committees and fun for the children and youth. We own a button maker in RE so we could make up unique buttons that would represent each committee. Then we would need to decide the specific details for earning a button from each committee. Last, we would want to publicize the program in our UUFP channels.

This would of course be an optional activity for the Committees and the students. But I think it could be a lot of fun and would promote multigenerational connections along with strengthening the student’s ties to our Fellowship.

Please feel free to let me know what you think about this idea.
Don’t forget our RE Upcoming Events: November 15-16 Youth Lock-in featuring lessons learned from Be the Change. Our Winter Festival with Santa and Mrs. Claus on December 6th.

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