Sunday Morning Expectations
WOW! What a phenomenal start to the new church year. We have 38 religious education leaders trained and working wonderfully with our children and youth already. Our classes have kicked off with much excitement and enthusiasm.
Our religious education classes are in session from the time the children “Go Now in Peace” until 12:10 each Sunday. During this time our RE volunteers are responsible for the well-being of the children and youth. Before and After this time, children and youth are the responsibility of their parents or guardians. We are having challenges with unsupervised kids making poor choices before, during and after church.
Please have a conversation with your kids regarding appropriate conduct in an intergenerational setting. Please remind your children to walk rather than run in church, to use their inside voices and to be polite and inclusive to all.
It is an expectation at People’s Church that Everyone join in the commons together at 10:45 during the beginning of each Sunday Service. This is the one time when our whole community is gathered together to share sacred time together.
We are committed to helping our children learn what it means to experience Unitarian Universalist worship together as families. We feel there is value in having them become familiar with some UU rituals and songs. We want them to participate in leading worship by encouraging them to light the chalice for our congregation and say the chalice lighting words. We want them to know that they are valued and integral members of this community and they can best get that when they are in the heart of the community!
This can only be accomplished if parents and RE volunteers are working together with similar expectations and conversations with our children and youth. If you have questions about this, I encourage you to talk with me as I can share the philosophy and research behind these expectations.
I am excited to work together with families and volunteers alike to foster religious growth and learning in our congregation this year.
Blesses Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director
Room 19 Sunday Availability
Our 7/8th Grade OWL class has 24 youth registered for it and will be meeting in Room 19 from 10:45-12:15 on Sunday mornings this year. Please note this if you plan to use that room for activities before or after church. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding.
Opportunities to Serve Available
If you are willing to contribute to our large and successful religious education program, there are many opportunities for folks to help out in ways large and small.
Would you be willing to be an RE Greeter one or two Sunday’s this year and show new families around? Could you help with a Specialty Class one Sunday this year? That would entail guiding a dozen children in a fun activity for an hour. Would you help in the kitchen setting up or doing dishes one day this year?
The last two weekends in September the RE Committee fed around 100 people after church for the OWL and Coming of Age Orientation sessions. We sure are grateful to various church members who stayed to wash dishes for those two events. It takes a village and every villager who contributes makes a big difference!
Let Diane Melvin know where you can serve our children and youth in our RE program this year at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mystic Lake UU Middle School Retreat
Registration is now available for all 6, 7 & 8th graders to attend the Mystic Lake Retreat at the YMCA Camp in Lake, MI. If you and/or your youth plan to attend you can register at this link below and be sure to let me know for transportation purposes.
For all 9-12th graders
October 15 from 1:00-2:30pm
Enjoy lunch, games, worship, and planning for the year together! For more information contact Diane Melvin at email@example.com
Friday, November 3, 6:00 pm through Saturday, November 4, 9:00 am.
There will be an elementary sleepover held on the first weekend in November. We will start the evening off with a potluck dinner. Keep an eye out for flyers and postcard reminders and sign up opportunities!