December ’18 nUUs from Religious Education

Senior youth volunteer weekend with H.O.M.E in Orland, Maine

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and that you were able to share some time with those whom you hold most dear. December is upon us. Happy Hanukah to those of you who celebrate, may you have a warm and wonderful holiday filled with joy and laughter♥

Bring RICE to church! this month our 6th-7th grade service-learning class is learning about food scarcity in the Seacoast. They’ve paired up with Gather, our local food pantry, to support the Meals 4 Kids program. They are planning a recipe, and collecting bagged rice for the project. You can leave donations at the front desk until December 16th.

Church Sundays and Other Important dates this month:

  • November 30th: Sparks and Purple Flames social groups (5th-8th grade) meet at South Church 7-9pm. (please RSVP)
  • December 2nd: Spirit Play, Children’s Chapel (don’t forget your UU7 mission forms and a few coins for the collection!). Coming of Age meets with their mentors today, Senior youth group meets at 4pm, and both OWL classes continue this week.
  • December 7th: All church Holiday Party and Auction, 6-8pm!
  • December 9th: Normal* RE program day. (see below)
  • December 16th: Normal* RE program except: time change for Senior Youth <-click for details
  • December 23rd: Holiday Pageant~ No RE classes (nursery remains open)
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve Candlelight services at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm. (the early ones are very full, so come early if you want to sit!)
  • December 30th: All ages Holiday program during RE
  • December 31st: Chili Cook off fundraiser during First Night! Please plan to attend, make a croc pot of chili to donate, or donate shredded cheese to help make it happen!

[*Normal RE program day: Both services include Spirit Play and Theme workshops for grades 1-5. 11am worship also included: 6-7th grade religious exploration and Coming of Age for 8th grade.  OWL for 5th grade is currently meeting at 9:30 most Sundays. OWL for 7th grade and Senior Youth meet on Sunday evenings at 4-5:30 pm.]

Coming in January: Children’s Choir! Children of all ages are invited to join two amazing music makers, Pam Felber and Sally Hirshberg, for our first of two children’s choir offerings this year. Rehearsals will be: Sundays between worship services from 10:15-10:50- Jan. 20, 27, and Feb. 3rd, and on the day of the performance from 8:15-8:45. The Children’s choir will Perform during the ‘Love Fest’ worship on Sunday, Feb. 10th at 9 and 11am

Family resources for December’s theme: A people of Mystery

These resources help parents/guardians as they engage the question: “What does it mean to be a family of Mystery?” In addition to families using them at home, you might also use them to engage parents collectively, for instance in a Parent Circle that meets on Sunday afternoon or mid-week.

With Your Kids (Ideas to engage Mystery as a Family)

  Family Adventure Ideas

  Kitchen Crafts

  Books To Read Together

  Family Movie Night Ideas

  Songs to Add to Your Family Playlist:

  For Parents/guardians (Because you are Faith Formation Guides)

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