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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro

Children’s Religious Exploration Program

2017-2018 Church Year

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OUR UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRINCIPLES

(IN LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN)

  • We believe that each and every person is important.
  • We believe that all people should be treated fairly.
  • We believe that our churches are places where all people are accepted and where we keep on learning together.
  • We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
  • We believe that everyone should have a vote about things that concern them.
  • We believe in working for a peaceful, fair and free world.
  • We believe in caring for our planet earth.

Welcome to Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro!

The New Jedi Academy

What is Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro?

Jedi Master Jools Brianna (AKA Juliet Donaldson) from the planet Coruscant together with her trusty droid, R2D2, will be visiting our church this year to help guide and instruct our children and youth in the ways of the force.

To become a Jedi Knight, you need to learn and understand the 7 Pillars of the Jedi:
Honor, Compassion, Acceptance, Knowledge, Democracy, Peace and The Force.

Throughout the year our children and youth will also have the opportunity to undertake the Jedi Trials of Service, Spirit, Justice, and Democracy and earn their Jedi Pins for each trial successfully completed.

We Want Our Children:

  • To work with us to build a society where our principles become reality.
  • To see the world with inquiring eyes and find their own place in it.
  • To know that they are loved for who they are and feel safe in a warm, nurturing community.
  • To have the skills to navigate this fast-changing and increasingly complex world.

Where Do We Begin?

Nursery Care is available for babies and toddlers under 4 each Sunday from 10:15-11:45. Childcare will also be provided during other church activities with prior notice.

Children kindergarten and older begin their Sunday morning in the sanctuary at 10:30, proceeding to classes after the story. To insure their safety, all children will be with their parents during this intergenerational worship time.

Registration

Registration begins 9/10/17 and is ongoing. The registration fee is $15 per child (max. $35/family). Scholarships are always available; please speak to the Minister or the DRE.

How Will We Do It?

Children will learn in 3 different classes. Each class will explore the same topic each week, in an age-appropriate context.

Younglings (Pre-K to Grade 2):

Our youngest children will learn about an alien race called Univarians who live on a tiny planet in the Milky Way galaxy called E-Arth. Univarians are fun-loving aliens who love blowing peace bubbles to spread harmony throughout the galaxy. They respect, care for, accept and listen to all beings and take extra special care of their planet because they understand it is the only one they have.

Initiates (Grade 3 to Grade 6):

This team will begin their training to become Jedi Knights under the tutelage of Jedi Master Jools Brianna and one adult volunteer. Each week they’ll be charged with completing a mission, which will help them understand the 7 pillars.

Padawans (Grade 7 and up):

Like the Initiates, this team will also train to become Jedi Knights. Each week a different Padawan will lead the group in completing their mission with the guidance of two adult volunteers who will act as guides on their journey.

What Will We Explore?

The Force Awakens – An introduction to the Star Wars Universe and the Jedi order (Sept/Oct)

Force for Change – Creating a Just and Fair World (Oct/Nov)

The Story of Star Wars – Winter Pageant (Dec)

The Return of the Jedi – An Introduction to Buddhism (Jan/Feb)

Revenge of the Sith – Exploring the Dark Side (Feb/Mar)

A New Hope – Peace & Reconciliation (Apr/May)

The Rebel Alliance – Exploring Democracy (May/Jun)

Special Events

Join us for many more fun activities planned throughout the year.

“It Takes A Village To Raise A Child”

How Would You Like to Get Involved?

Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro is a collaborative effort and we welcome all volunteers from the congregation. Let us know what you like to do and when you are available and we would love you to join our committed and fun-loving team of CORI-checked volunteers. Please contact Juliet Donaldson (dre@uumiddleboro.org) if you would like to be involved even if it is for only 1 or 2 Sundays a year.

  • Volunteer on a schedule that works for you.
  • Sunday classes with fully prepared lesson plans. Your role will be a guide encouraging the children and youth to ask questions, laugh, play and learn.
  • Musical? Consider spending 15 minutes a couple Sundays a year rehearsing songs for intergenerational worship.
  • Do you like acting? Take part in a Message for All Ages skit.
  • Love babies and toddlers? Volunteer in the nursery, on a regular or occasional basis.
  • Youth Group? Be a Youth Group coordinator a couple of Sunday afternoons a month.
  • Help out at special events planned throughout the year.

We believe in lifespan education.
Ask to see our adult education offerings.

QUESTIONS?

Please Contact:

Juliet Donaldson, Director of Religious Education –  dre@uumiddleboro.org

or

Rev. Sarah K. Person, Minister – minister@uumiddleboro.org

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Religious Education Committee

J.R. Pucillo-Dunphy, Chair; Cynthia Benard; Kim Correia; Maria Pucillo-Dunphy; Pam Rasa

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