By Joanne Dingus,
Director of Religious Education
As we head towards the holiday season, I wanted to report some of the good news in our RE Program.
Our two holiday events went really well. We had Trunk or Treat for Halloween. Cars were decorated. Kids came in costumes. Adults handed out treats and led children in a variety of games. We had UUFP kids, homeschool families and kids from Young’s Mill Lane enjoy the day.
We are about to have our third Kids Day In! event We had UUFP kids, homeschool families and kids from Young’s Mill Laneof the year (Sunday December 9th from 2 – 5:30 p.m.). The first two were lots of fun. Kids Day In! is funded by the Endowment Fund. Mary and Will Cotton lead the children in crafts and games with the help of adult and teen volunteers. Parents get some time to themselves, knowing their kids are being well cared for. Kids get to be themselves, be creative and build friendships.
Our Youth groups have grown this fall. We’ve been having teens meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and middle school and upper elementary kids meet on 3rd Wednesdays. There’s generally a light meal and then time to check in with each other and do an activity together. Many of our youth invite their friends from outside of church. This is a great way to help other families find the UUFP.
Our Festival of the Season was a blast. We had caroling, cookie decorating, craft making and game playing. Glitter in my hair, sprinkles everywhere; what a great way to celebrate the season. We were also pleased to have some of our friends from the Boys and Girls Club join us for the afternoon.
Our next big event will be the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. This is geared for families with an interactive play and many songs to sing. We are looking for a few more actors for the play. If anyone is interested, please let me know. It will be done with scripts in hand. Our music program is also looking for children to sing before service starts. Let Greg know if your child would like to be part of the pre-service music.
A special thank you to all the volunteer RE teachers. We couldn’t run the program without you!
See you in the RE!