In addition to enjoying their curriculum, our RE classes have also been taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather by going outside to explore our colorful church grounds quite a bit this autumn.
It has been a busy month in the religious education program at People’s Church. Our 7 & 8th grade OWL class has launched with 18 participants.
We had 9 youth and five adults attend the Mystic Lake middle school UU Retreat along with 30 people from other UU churches in Michigan. Fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
Our high school youth group is planning their first sleep over for Saturday Nov. 7th. All 9-12th graders are invited. Additional planning for the year will occur along with movies, games and fun. Our youth are planning to attend the UUA’s General Assembly in Columbus, OH in June so much teen fundraising will commence to make that possible for everyone who is interested.
2nd Sunday Lunch – The RE Committee is busy planning a wonderful chili and cornbread lunch for Nov. 8th. Please plan to stay after church and enjoy fellowship over a delicious lunch. Donations from lunch will support the youth trip to General Assembly in exchange for their help cleaning up 2nd Sunday lunches this year.
I’m attending the LREDA fall conference in New Jersey. LREDA is the professional association for UU religious educators in north America. The theme of this conference is RE Without Walls: Technology, Theme-Based Ministry, and Full Week Faith. I’m looking forward to time with my colleagues learning, sightseeing and worshiping together.
Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director
Friday Nov. 6 at 6:00 pm – Nov. 7 at 9:00 am
Who: 1st – 6th graders (and parents)
What: Potluck dinner and sleepover at church
When: Friday Nov. 6 at 6:00 pm – Nov. 7 at 9:00 am
Where: People’s Church
Kids enjoy games and activities including face painting and a haunted house put on by the teens. Families enjoy a potluck dinner with the kids intended to help parents meet and connect with one another.
Registration forms will be available in the lower lobby and on our church website at peopleschurch.net. Volunteer opportunities are available to help set up and clean up dinner, lead some games or crafts on Saturday and help clean up on Sunday.
Whose Responsibility are the Children?
People occasionally ask me if I am responsible for the 100+ children and youth at church on Sundays. Actually, I am only responsible for them during the time they are in their religious education classes (or in the nursery). Before and after church our children and youth are the responsibility of their parents or guardians.
Living in right relations in a multi-generational community can be challenging when children run loose through elderly folks holding hot coffee with no one reminding them to walk rather than run or to just take one cookie or snack rather than six during coffee hour.
While we love that parents and children feel this is a safe place for kids to hang out and enjoy time with friends, it is a problem when they play with craft supplies or toys and don’t pick up after themselves. It is especially challenging when they leave food in various rooms for the church mice.
As a cooperative community it is important that parents take responsibility to check where your child has been and ensure that they picked up after themselves. Please help us ensure that all food and dishes are returned to the kitchen and toys/supplies are put away before leaving church each week.