Religious Exploration with Children and Youth

Religious Exploration in February

RE Committee
Christine Hoyle and I met on 1/18/2023 to discuss budget, goals for the upcoming year and how to grow the RE Committee and the RE program. We concentrated on the LGBTQIA group for youth and adults we would like to host at church on one Friday evening per month. We are also considering bringing in speakers for youth issues like vaping, substance abuse, interpersonal relationship violence, neurodiversity, special education, and additional topics.   If you are interested in joining the RE Committee, we are looking for volunteers.  Please reach out to me or Christine Hoyle at dre@uumiddleboro.org or c.hoyle830@gmail.com.

RE Children’s Classes
We have had  the same three youth coming each week and a babysitter available in the nursery.  The youth come relatively regularly and enjoy time of sharing one another’s favorite play time and then lighting the chalice, sharing joys and concerns and then working through curriculum.  This year RE is “Exploring Beyond Our Walls” using the moral tales curriculum.  The children have collected many marbles/glass gems for their gemstones of goodness.  The children continue to share stories of their efforts to follow their moral compass.   Christine Hoyle taught class on 1/8/2023, and we are working on having a backup adult for the nursery to support the babysitter as needed.  Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering to support the nursery care.

Youth Group
Youth Group shared time with the little ones on 1/16/2023 for holiday cooking.  We had to cancel due to multiple illnesses and then were able to make the 3rd effort the charm!  We met again on January 29.   In February  we are meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 5:00 to 7:00.  This group has children from 6ththrough 12th grade.  

LGBTQ+ Youth Support Group/GSA
We had a good level of interest in a potential support group for youth and parents and allies.  Christine Hoyle and I are working on a time and date for February or March (the 17th  either month) to advertise to the interested parties–some from inside and some from outside church.

Fun Friday
RE families (and any interested parties, friends) are invited to join us on Friday, February 3, for a fun night of crafting and cooking and visiting.  From 5:30 to 6:30 we will have a potluck dinner.  This is optional, but I’m bringing my famous chicken chili so……. Then from 6:30 to 8:30 we will be making gifts for Valentine’s Day.  You can take the gifts home to share with someone you love or enjoy them yourselves.  Please let me know if you can join us!  Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration

Upcoming RE events

Feb
3
Fun Friday
5:30 pm
Feb
12
Feb
17
Feb
26

Religious Exploration
at UU Middleboro

Are you looking for a safe space to bring your children on Sunday mornings where they can grow socially, emotionally and spiritually?  Please consider joining us on a Sunday morning.  Enrollment is available at any time during the school year.  Please join us in person or look for the registration link coming soon.

Sunday school is back in person this year!! Church starts at 10:30 and we will be meeting during the church service, downstairs after the Message for All Ages around 10:45.  We will have registration on 9/11 and our first class will be on 9/18.  Our older youth will meet on Sunday evenings every other week.  More to come on this!

This year we are Exploring Beyond our Walls.  Every day our children are often faced with difficult decisions and situations.  We will use moral tales and lessons to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.  Our youth will explore various types of worship as well and take some “field trips” to other religious services in the area.

Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro works to allow our children and adults to freely explore together what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist.  We ask questions and search for answers together in an open and nurturing environment.  We draw our curriculum from the Tapestry of Faith.  Using out seven principles and six sources, we journey together to love one another, be fair, care for the earth, understand democratic principles, encourage continuous learning and work towards a world that is peaceful, fair and equitable.  We are a safe congregation, and we CORI the teachers and helpers in our program. Registration for RE is recommended, but all are welcome to try out our classes and spend time with our wonderful youth and teachers. 

We don’t forget the parents either!  We have a monthly parent coffee hour that we hold virtually the second Sunday of the month at 11:45 after the church service.  Please join us!

  • 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.

Please contact:

Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration
dre@uumiddleboro.org

Religious Exploration Committee:
Christine Hoyle, Chair; Kelly Lownds; Greg Stevens; Nancy Kidd