First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro
Children’s Religious Exploration Program
2020 – 2021 Church Year
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!
CALLING ALL SUSTAINABILITY SUPER SLEUTHS!
This year we will be exploring our seven principles. We will spend time engaging in the mystery and wonder of nature and think about what we can do to save the earth. For the beginning of the year, we will be Sustainability Super Sleuths! We will explore our principles, and each month we will explore a different part of nature.
1st Principle: We believe that each person is important.
2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep learning together.
4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair and free world.
7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
Throughout the year, the children will be bringing their learnings home and to the congregation. We will look for clues to decrease our impact on the environment and explore our planet Earth. We will earn buttons throughout the year to place on our reusable bags.
We will continue with our UU Spaces model this year. We will meet together in one space for the first fifteen minutes of class, sharing a story told by our Story Teller. Afterwards, each child can choose where they would like to further explore the topic of the day.
We have a Junior Youth Group (5th – 8th grades) and a Senior Youth Group (9th grade and up) again this year. The Senior Youth Group will meet two Sunday evenings per month starting September 15 and will continue to give back to church and the community. The Junior Youth Group will meet on Sunday mornings starting October 6 during the service and will also have planned outings and activities together.
An Opportunity to Volunteer with Religious Exploration
Would you be interested in helping out? You won’t be a “teacher.” Instead, you’ll be acting as a guide, supporting the children and youth as they further explore the theme for the day. I will be reaching out to many of you to consider volunteering in the Sunday morning program. I will start with people who have helped in the past and who have active CORIs to be with the children. Don’t be surprised if I reach out to you! Please let me know if you have an interest in spending quality time with the children and youth guiding them as they seek clues to fulfill their goals. You will be helping them with art projects and exploring the answers to questions together. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It looks like it will be a fun year of adventure and exploration, so please consider taking part. We can’t run this program without your support.
Join us for many more fun activities planned throughout the year.
Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration
“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; we would love you to join our committed and fun-loving team of CORI-checked volunteers. Please contact Kelly Lownds (email@example.com) 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.
- 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.
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Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration –
Rev. Sarah K. Person, Minister – firstname.lastname@example.org
Religious Exploration Committee
Christine Hoyle, Chair; Kelly Lownds; Greg Stevens; Nancy Kidd