Important information for February 12th, 2017!
We are having a Children’s Chapel next Sunday, based on our fourth source of Unitarian Universalism: Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves, or in child-friendly language: Christian and Jewish teachings which tell us to love all others as we love ourselves.
As part of our lesson, we will be making Valentine’s Day cards to take to Vantage House, a retirement community in Columbia. We will be teaching the children some easy songs that retired folks will enjoy, and taking the Valentines and music to Vantage house at 12:30 to share some love with local elders. We would love you to join us at this event!
Please click here to sign up. We are asking for help with cookies and juice, carpooling, and would love to know if you can join us! All ages are welcome!
Make sure to read to the bottom for important news and events!
Yours in faith,
What happened in your child’s class this week:
All kinds of people around the table . . . — “We’re Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table,” Hymn 407 in Singing the Living Tradition.
IN TODAY’S SESSION . . . we celebrated different kinds of families and prepared for the Family Snack Party.
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Share a story together from the suggested book list:
Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman, 2009. A toddler spends the day with their daddies (the gender of the child is non-specific). From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.
Heather Has Two Mommies: 20th Anniversary Edition by Leslea Newman, 2009. This updated and revised version of Heather Has Two Mommies offers an enjoyable, upbeat, age-appropriate introduction to the idea of family diversity.
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman, 2009. A toddler spends the day with its mommies (the gender of the child is non-specific). From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.
Two Homes by Claire Masurel, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton, 2003. The gently reassuring text focuses on what is gained rather than what is lost when parents divorce, while the sensitive illustrations, depicting two unique homes in all their small details, firmly establish Alex’s place in both homes.
We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families by Todd Parr, 2007. Popular author-illustrator Parr illustrates the rewards of family ties in this heartfelt, supportive book geared toward adopted children and their parents.
Lucy’s Family Tree by Karen Halvorsen Schreck, 2006. Lucy comes home from school with an assignment to create a family tree, but she worries that her adoption from Mexico makes her family too “different.” She asks her parents to write a note excusing her from the task.
This Is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome, 2013. The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer.
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try . . . looking at your family pictures together and talking about your family.
A Family Adventure. Invite another family to a picnic together after worship at your congregation.
A Family Discovery. Host another Family Snack Party for friends in your congregation, and have the preschoolers decide on the snack and help make it. If your preschooler didn’t make banana pudding in their Chalice Children group, try making it as described on the Teach Preschool website. Also on the Teach Preschool blog, read about how preschoolers can serve their own snack.
A Family Game. Play “Chalice, Chalice, Flame,” the same way you play “Duck, Duck, Goose.”
A Family Ritual. Invite your preschooler to help set a chalice at the dinner table. Light the chalice together. Say chalice-lighting words, such as, “We light this chalice for the warmth of love, the light of truth, and the energy of action.” Mention how nice it is to have help from your preschooler.
Elementary Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for Grades K/1 and Grades 4/5 are starting! Please remind your OWL students to go directly to class and not enter the Sanctuary! Classes will run through April 2nd. Kindergarten and First Grade 9:00-10:00 am, Fourth and Fifth Grade 11:00 am-12:30 pm. All other RE Classes continue as normal.
Parents & Caregivers as Sexuality Educators! Next class Sunday, February 26th, 5:00-7:00 pmFacilitated by Doug Miller, Steph Silver, and Robin Slaw.
Adult OWL starts in February! Have your children’s classes made you curious about what you don’t know? Would you like a safe place to talk about Adult sexuality? Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Adults helps you explore sexuality through your values and experiences. Enhance communication skills as you increase your understanding of healthy relationships, sexual diversity, and sexuality throughout the life cycle. It’s the sexuality education opportunity you probably never had growing up.
Adult OWL Orientation on Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00-9:00 pm in Sanctuary A. Classes held Saturday mornings, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, and April 1. Facilitated by Steve Parr, Regina Verow, and Robin Slaw.