Please retrieve your child from the childcare room after the service. Those in 4th grade and above may walk to meet you unaccompanied at fellowship time after the service.
September 9: UUSO’s Ingathering Service for all ages. If you remember, bring a bit of water from your travels to add to our water bowl. These waters will represent our coming together after summer adventures. Adventures can happen anywhere, even in our own back yards! There will be symbolic water available at the service if you should need some.
We will start the year off with a BANG on September 16th with a Drum Workshop!
We will make drums, learn about drums, and play drums together. We will welcome special guest teachers as well as have the chance to explore the rhythms of our own drumming. We will honor how “we each march to the beat of our own drum” and how we are more powerful together.
Web of Life Explorers (K-3rd grade): The Explorers Class will meet downstairs at Chapin Memorial Church. This fall they will begin to explore famous UU’s through a dynamic curriculum with lots of chances to act, move, and create as they learn about UU’s in our history as well as the present day. For example: They’ll learn first aide skills when they learn about Clara Barton; Celebrate pets as they learn about Beatrix Potter; Cook together while learning about Fanny Farmer: and Study the stars as they learn about Maria Mitchell, an abolitionist as well the first woman in the US who was a professional astronomer. There will even be a class to be a super hero as they learn about Christoper Reeves, the actor who played Superman, who now advocates for the rights of the disabled.
Seekers Class (4-6th grade): The Seekers Classroom in the lower level at Chapin. This fall they will follow the Hogwarts Oneonta curriculum. They will learn about our seven UU principles, explore ethics and morality through the eyes of a wizarding world. This is a popular curriculum written by our past DRE, Lisa Zuend-Misner, and our current DRE, Susan Ryder. Children don’t have to know or even like the Harry Potter books to enjoy these classes. For example: There will be Potion Class (make green cleaners); Defense Against the Dark Arts (speaking truth to power); Care of Magical Creatures (pets will visit), Charms (amulets that celebrate each person’s uniqueness); and Herbology (care of the interdependent web of life).
The 7th-9th grade: Teens will have the opportunity to complete the award-winning Our Whole Lives (OWL 7-9) curriculum. OWL is a comprehensive sexuality curriculum that focuses on self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, and justice and inclusivity. Knowledgeable and trained adults work with young adolescents with the goal of providing a safe and comfortable environment in which to learn and explore issues of sexuality. The goal of the OWL 7-9 curriculum is not to replace parents as sexuality educators for their adolescents but to support parent/adolescent communication. More information can be found at: https://www.uua.org/re/owl
YRUU (Young Religious UU’s in 9-12th Grade): Teens in YRUU will choose what they want to do together this year. There will be chances to attend regional UU Cons. These are conventions where many teens from our district gather to worship, play, and explore issues that will be particular to each Con.
· Register your child for Religious Education Classes at any time. Forms may be found in the foyer. Completed forms can be left in the wall pocket for delivery to the church office. There is no fee.