October RE Update

Our religious education program is kicking off with great enthusiasm and participation! It feels good to be gathered back together in sacred community.

Our RE classes are going great with many interested and engaged children and youth.  While many UU adults carry wounds and baggage around Christianity, our kids are often eager to learn more about things they hear about from their friends and in the media.

All ages enjoyed the opportunity to learn how to find passages in the Bible. Many also learned about some popular sayings and how those originated in the Bible.  Kids had great questions about baptism, communion and the diversity of beliefs found in the Christian
tradition.

It is great that our kids have the opportunity to delve into our Jewish and Christian Heritage from a uniquely Unitarian Universalist perspective this year.

While not being taught that Christianity is the one only right way to believe, they get to learn about popular stories and meaningful teachings.  Most UUs don’t regard much of the Bible as literal truth but rather as interesting stories and teachings we can explore to find meaning, wisdom and solace.

I am grateful for those adults who are willing to serve our congregation by exploring these stories with our children and youth this year.  These folks provide more adults to encircle our kids in loving community to help support and guide them as they grow and develop.

The hope is that by creating a loving environment and offering meaningful curriculum within a community of caring people, that our kids will be reminded  and encouraged to strive to be the best people they can be every day and to bring more love, kindness and goodness
into the world. May it be so!

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin,
Religious Education Director


Kid’s Church Sleepover — Nov. 2 at 6:00 PM
For All 1st-7th graders

Mark your calendars for our not-just-elementary fall sleepover.  This favorite event is back by popular
demand. Kids enjoy deepening relationships with their church friends and making People’s Church their own.

We begin with a potluck supper at 6 pm for families. The evening will include games, mask-making, a haunted house and movies. We will conclude with breakfast and clean-up, ending at 9 am, Saturday.

 Kindergarteners may stay if a parent or guardian remains with them overnight. Questions? Contact
Elizabeth Huff Willis, Jessica Garner or Mary Kate Webster. If you can help, contact Mary Kate at tomandmarykate@gmail.com. You can register your children here: http://peopleschurch.net/religious-education/kindergarten-7th-grade-sleepover-nov-2-3/


Mystic Lake Middle School UU Retreat, Oct. 12-14

If you have a 6th, 7th or 8th grader and have not yet
received information about this amazing weekend of fun, fellowship and connections, please contact Diane Melvin at re@peopleschurch.net for details.


Chaplaincy Training – Oct. 26-28, Kirkwood, MO

All 9-12th graders and adults are invited to participate in this training designed to prepare youth and adults to be Chaplains at youth conferences to create a healthy community of care. For details and registration: https://midamericauua.org/events


CONtagious – Nov. 9-11, Indianapolis, IN

The first high school regional district youth conference is open for all 9-12th graders. Let Diane Melvin know if you are interested in attending.

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