Here’s what’s happening in our Religious Exploration (RE) program in fall 2017:
Our Director of Religious Exploration, Kate Huband, is away from September through December 2017. She will be back in her role at UFP on January 4th, 2018. In her absence, we are pleased to announce that Ruth Strunz and Leah Andrews have been hired as Religious Exploration Co-Leaders. They begin the week of August 28th. They can both be reached at Kate’s UFP gmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday mornings: 1o-11:30am
September 2017-end of June 2018.
Religious Exploration (6-14 years old): Sunday mornings children aged 6 and older join our Religious Exploration (RE) facilitators in experiential activities that explore our UU principles:
- Each and every person is important.
- All people should be treated fairly.
- In our Fellowship, we accept one another and learn together.
- Each person is free to search for what is true and right.
- Everyone deserves the right to speak out and vote on things that matter to them.
- We work for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
- We care for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us.
Playroom (0-5 years old): The Playroom is open on Sundays from 9:45 to 11:15 am. It is staffed by trained youth from the UFP community, many of whom are members of our Senior Youth Group. Young children are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary during the service – please do whatever works best for your family!
Multi-generational Services: Six times a year adults and children worship together.
Sunday December 3rd, 2017
Following our hope-filled “Mittens and Greens” ritual (see Sunday services for details), join Leah Andrews and Ruth Strunz (RE Co-Leaders) to begin our exploration of the December theme of hope – through story, games and crafts. The Playroom is open and staffed for children aged 0-5.
Sunday December 10th, 2017
This Sunday, in our last regular RE program of 2017, we will deepen our understanding of hope and how it shows up in our lives, through story, games and craft activities. The Playroom is open and staffed for children aged 0-5.
Sunday December 17th, 2017
For this multi-generational service we will gather as a whole community to celebrate Solstice. The Playroom is open and staffed for children aged 0-5.
Sunday December 24th, 2017
There is no morning service on December 24th! This evening (7pm) we will gather as a whole community for our annual Christmas Eve service. All are welcome in the Sanctuary – the Playroom is not staffed this evening.
Sunday December 31st, 2017
All are welcome in the Sanctuary for our New Year’s Eve Service. Playroom is not staffed this morning. We look forward to seeing everyone when we return to regular RE programming (and Playroom) on January 7th, 2018!
Senior Youth Group (Gr. 9–12): September 2017-end of June 2018
The Senior Youth group meets weekly, September – end of June, on Thursdays at 7:30 pm in our downstairs youth room, starting on September 7th, 2017. If you have any questions about the Senior Youth group, please contact our RE Co-Leaders Ruth and Leah at email@example.com, (705) 741-0968, or one of our volunteer youth advisors: Kim Thomas (705-743-7046) and Carol Andrews firstname.lastname@example.org and Aurrora DeMonte email@example.com
Throughout the year UFP Senior Youth have opportunities to travel to weekend Youth Conferences at UU congregations in cities such as Ottawa, Kingston and Montreal – and to OWL (Our Whole Lives) weekend workshops (a CUC sexuality education program).
Help in the Religious Exploration Program
There are many ways you can support the religious exploration program. We are seeking seniors, adults, young adults and Senior Youth to help make this an extraordinary program for our treasured children and youth. The time commitment varies — it could be as little as once a year or as often as once a month, and depends on the role you are interested in filling.
Please contact Leah or Ruth if you are interested or would like to find out more!