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Religious Education Events Calendar

  1. What’s Ahead In Religious Education: 

  2. Chalica! On November 26, we will have all-ages RE at both services to explore ways to celebrate this UU holiday. 

Last Month's events:

Sunday, October 15, 1 - 3 pm: Teacher Training 

Sunday, October 22, 12:30pm: Halloween Prep Party

Saturday, October 28, 10am: Set up for the Halloween Party 

Saturday, October 28, we're brewing up a fun-tastic Halloween Party,5 - 8 pm. Haunted House, Scream Contest, Costume Contest.  Try your luck with our new carnival games.  Storytelling, fortune-reading, crafts, games, food, fun, and fellowship with your church community.  Something for everyone - don't miss it.  For more information, contact Tamara Hebert at tamarahebert3@gmail.com.

 

 New Semester in Religious Education - InJanuary 2017 many of our Religious Education classes for children and youth will begin new curricula for the winter/spring semester. The semester’s offerings are described below.

 Little Sundays of Surprises (Ages 3 - Grade K, 9:30 am)Our smallest children in our early class continues with The Rainbow Connection.This curriculum is an introduction to the seven UU Principles for our Pre-K children.

 Big Sundays of Surprises (Grades 1-6. 9:30 am)Our older early morning class will start UU Super Heroes. This curriculum shows how Unitarian Universalist lives have confirmed UU principles, and spiritual and ethical growth.

 Sparks/Flames (Age 3-Grade 1, 11:15 am)The Sparks/Flames class begin a new curriculum,Creating Home: This program helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith.

 Blazes(Grades 2-3, 11:15 am)The Blazes class begins the curriculum Free to Believe. This curriculum uses the Unitarian Universalist principles as starting points for exploring values, beliefs, and what it means to be Unitarian Universalist. It also engages the children in some “big questions” through the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist sources

 Mysteries(Grades 4-5, 11:15 am)The Mysteries class continues with the Harry Potter and UU curriculum, a social action curriculum based on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

 Questioners Middle Youth (Grades 6-7, 11:15 am)Traditions with a Wink: This curriculum teaches our Unitarian Universalist story in fun ways.

 Passages(Grade 8, 11:15 am)
The Passages class continues with the Coming of Age program. This addresses changes in youth’s spiritual and faith development, and guides them to grow more confident in their beliefs and deeper in their Unitarian Universalist faith.

 Seekers Senior Youth(Grades 9-12, 11:15 am)The Seekers class continues with the Neighboring Faiths curriculum, which introduces youth to faith traditions within the larger community and actively engages them in exploring the ritual practices of other religious groups.

 RE Teachers Needed - We need a few great teachers at 11:15 to round out our roster for the Winter/Spring Religious Education program: Two teachers for Blazes (Grades 2-3), and one for Questioners Middle Youth (Grades 6-7). This is a great opportunity to get to know the children and youth of our congregation. All teachers and advisers must be members of UCBR, Contact education@unitarianchurchbr.com

 Gulf Coast Youth Rally 2017: Online registration is open for the “May the Force Be With You” Rally for Senior Youth, January 13-15, 2017 (MLK weekend) at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, TX.  Find more information, including registration, at http://www.firstuu.org/pdfs/2017HouRallyFlyer.pdf

 Games Night for Passages and Senior Youth, Friday, January 20, 7 - 10 pm. Bring your favorite game and a snack to share.

  Roots and Wings Program – Beginning January 8, 2017 we will be offering Roots and Wings, an optional rite of passage program. This program is designed to engage Unitarian Universalist 2nd and 3rd graders at the developmental stage often called the “age of reason.” Many of our children’s peers participate in ceremonial religious programs like First Communion at about this age. Our Unitarian Universalist children will benefit from this parallel but UU-nique experience of ritual, ceremony, and affirmation. All children who are in 2nd or 3rd grade, and are registered in our Religious Education program for this year, are eligible for Roots and Wings.

      The children in the Roots and Wings program will meet for four Sundays after church (January 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM) to learn about how Unitarian Universalism can directly relate to their own life experiences. They work partially on their own, in the group meetings, with parents, and with congregants and church staff. The program encourages involvement of members of the congregation, deepening cross-generational connections and relationships. 

       Roots and Wings will culminate with a formal rite of passage celebration ceremony during both worship services on Sunday, February 5, weaving together child, parents and congregation. This is a special time for these children, a time when they will be encouraged to dress up and invite family to honor their connection to a religious community. Join us as we welcome these children into our religious community, recognizing their ability to understand and engage with the big questions of our faith.  At this time, may we honor our own strong roots and stretch our wings to fly.    

 2016-2017 Teachers, Advisers, Assistants, and Nursery Care

  Flickers Nursery (Newborn – Age 2):

 Melissa Washington, Rebecca Gurt (both services)

 Little Sundays of Surprises (Ages 3 – K, 9:30)

 Ann Mengelson-Clark, Anita Lopez, Ramon Lopez, Gwendolyn Pine

 Big Sundays of Surprises (Grades 1-6, 9:30)

 Beth Williams, Anthony Washington (Weekly Assistant)

 Sparks Preschool/Flames (Age 3 - Grade 1, 11:15)
Jerri Becnel, Nancy Gilbert, Irene Kato, Robert Savage, Anthony Washington (Weekly Assistant)
Blazes (Grades 2-3, 11:15)
Lily Betancourt, Annette Giroir, Amanda Major, Mark Thurmon, Mikey Walsh

 Mysteries (Grades 4-5, 11:15)
Kerry Hebert, Susan Mitchell, Rachel Stahl, Angus Woodward

 Questioners Middle Youth (Grades 6-7, 11:15)
Wade Byrd, Nancy Grush, Tamara Hebert, Julie Richard

 Passages Coming of Age (Grade 8)

 Nikol Andersen, Mike Cavell, Dave Comeaux, Lynn Farmer

Seekers Senior Youth (Grades 9-12, 11:15)

 Shannon Cavell, Jerry Gilbert, Dawn Haase-Davis, Janet Moulder

 Hall Monitors Needed - Help us keep our children and youth safe while they are at church. Volunteer once a month as a monitor of our RE hallways and classrooms. education@unitarianchurchbr.com, 225-400-1458 (cell). 

 Religious Education Program Registration - If you are a family new to our church, or your children and youth were not registered last year, you can register your child or youth into our Religious Education Program electronically at www.unitarianchurchbr.com/children/reregistration/, or by completing a registration form found on the Religious Education Table. If children and youth were registered last year we will send out the information we have on file and ask for confirmation that it is correct. Simply reply by email and let us know if anything has changed or needs to be corrected.

  Childcare Workers Needed - for nursery during both services and 9:30 am classroom assistants. These are paid positions. We are looking for responsible individuals with experience with young children, 19 years or older, who are not members of our congregation but are in sympathy with our liberal UU values. Recommendations gratefully received by Beth Williams, education@unitarianchurchbr.com, 225-400-1458 (cell).