Sharing and Caring
This month our religious education classes for children and youth will focus on caring for others. The Kindergarten through 7th graders will learn the stories of the Good Samaritan and the Loaves and Fishes. Using these stories as a guide, the children will explore the themes of generosity and sharing. They will explore the questions “Who are our neighbors?” and “How do we help those who need it?”
As we work to encourage these altruistic characteristics in our children and youth, these discussions and activities hopefully help build on teachings and lessons they are learning at home as well. Our RE program seeks to partner with parents and caregivers to encourage religious growth and learning in our young people.
One of our goal is to introduce and reinforce ideas of ethical living and living out our UU values in all areas of their lives.
Visits to a variety of local churches and temples are offering a broader perspective to the 8-12th graders who are opting to participate in these fieldtrips. We had 33 youth and adults attend mass at St. Joseph Catholic church last month. The Deacon met with us afterwards and answered many questions about their faith tradition.
This month the youth are exploring Protestantism. The lesson in the Neighboring Faiths curriculum titles it “Protesters and Reformers.” The youth will be introduced to how different denominations developed in the Christian tradition due to different people’s interpretations of “God’s word.” They will explore the origins of Protestantism, which is the fore bearer to Unitarian Universalism, as well as the evolution and relationships with other denominations.
On February 24th, the youth will visit First Congregational Church in downtown Kalamazoo.
Since the content of our lessons build upon one another, we hope your family is able to attend church consistently to get the most out of the experience.
Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director
Family Fun Night
Friday, February 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join other People’s people and families for a potluck and evening of games, crafts, and socializing. We will have board games, more active games, a coloring table and craft supplies available. If your family has a favorite game, you are welcome to share it with us. Childcare will be provided for babies and toddlers.
Volunteers are needed for setup, potluck cleanup, and evening cleanup. We are also seeking adults and teens who would like to supervise crafts or games.
Sign-up in the foyer. Please let us know how many people are coming and whether you need childcare. We look forward to a fun Friday for all ages!
Middle School Sleepover
Feb 8, 6:00pm – Feb 9, 10:00am
All 6-8th graders invited to have a sleep over at church. Enjoy a potluck dinner on Friday night, games, worship, movies, friends, and FUN!
Please RSVP to Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education
Our 5/6th grade OWL class wraps up this month.
Kindergarten/1st grade OWL class kicks off:
- Parent Meeting after church on 2/3
- Parent/Child Orientation on 2/10
- Then eight weeks of class before church
High School Youth Group – February 10
All 9-12th graders are invited to join in on the fun. Deepen relationships, play games, and have fun. Help out with plans for our National Wildlife Federation habitat certification project on the church grounds.
Lunch provided in the kitchen after church then youth group will meet from 12:45-2:30 in Room L2 on all Second Sundays through May.