Important dates in RE and congregational life
Multigenerational Ingathering Service, September 10
Children's RE Kickoff Carnival, September 17
YoUUth Group kickoff, September 17, 4:00
Pizza Church is back, September 15
RE Campout, September 29-October 1, Lopez Lake Campground
Don't forget to read your USSB Friday emails and monthly Kaleidoscope newsletter for additional congregational events, programs, and announcements!
Children's Religious Exploration
Put a big circle around September 17 on your calendars. We'll have our annual blessing of the backpacks for the Time for All Ages, a CRE kick-off carnival (complete with bounce house, pizza and sno-cones), and a parent orientation from 11:30-12:30! Whew!
Our elementary grade RE class is a K-6th one room school house with flexible curriculum designed to engage children of all ages. Children begin in the sanctuary with their families and are sung out to their class following the Time for All Ages.
We begin with ritual
We start each class with time to reflect on the Time for All Ages. We light a chalice and invite children to share stones of joys and concerns. A couple of Sundays each month, our head teacher, Janey Madlani, will lead children in a lesson from the UUA Soul Matters curriculum. Some Sundays our K-1 children will be invited to play at Starr King following our morning ritual, while older children engage in choice activities or a group project. Add to that our multigenerational services and holiday activities, and we've got a rich program planned for the fall.
Kindergarteners can be picked up in Starr King by 11:30 on Sunday mornings. Older children will be walked up to Parish Courtyard to join their families following CRE.
Childcare is available in Starr King for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-5 from 9:45-11:30. Children under two are invited to remain in the sanctuary with their adults. We have a baby corner with toys in the back of the sanctuary and we do NOT believe that children should be seen and not heard!
Preschoolers spend their Sunday mornings exploring the rich environment we share with the Starr King Parent Child Workshop. Parents are invited to sign the children in by 9:45 or walk them down following the Time for All Ages. You know your child best. We want our preschoolers to experience church as a place of love, joy, and belonging. That is our primary aim for this age group.
We also want parents of young children to have some adult time! We open childcare at 9:45 and keep it open until 11:30, so parents are able to enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation before pick-up.
A monthly dinner and family chapel for families with young children to get to know other families! It's that simple. Usually on the third Friday of the month, from 6:00-8:00 in Parish Hall, we gather for dinner, play time and a short, but very sweet, family chapel in the sanctuary.
We provide pizza, salad, and non-alcoholic beverages. Families are invited to bring beer, wine, and/or a dessert to share. New this year! We'll have one of our childcare providers on hand each month to play with the kiddos while parents chat. AND, your CRE registration donation covers pizza for your family for the year!
Our first Pizza Church is scheduled for Friday, September 15.
YoUUth Group kicks off on September 17 at it's new time, 4:00-5:30 PM, twice a month in Blake Lounge. Youth group is open to 7th-12th graders. Come check it out and see how you might want to participate. There will be a concurrent parent information meeting in Jefferson Hall on the 17th.
We've got a few ideas brewing and are always open to yours! One thing we know for certain though is, there is no youth group without YOUTH! Bring your friends and help create a safe, creative, engaging space together. Here are some of our ideas for the coming year to get you thinking:
- Monthly social events (game nights, movie nights, puppies & pizza, and more)
- Brunch Break fundraisers (turn quiche into $$ for YoUUth Group activities)
- Warming Center Meal Team (come together to serve a meal to our neighbors without homes)
- An interfaith service trip to Mexicali with the Trinity Episcopal youth group (a return to the La Cobina Migrant Shelter we visited last year), most likely in January 2024.
- Youth Con (A gathering of So Cal UU Youth Groups in Ventura next Spring)
- Coming of Age for 8th/9th graders Spring 2024
Your YoUUth Group Officers for 2023-24:
- Emma Parent, YG President
- Cassia Hamilton-Shive, Junior President
- Quinn Hartman, Treasurer