January ’22 nUUs from Religious Education

Growing a Love Tree, during the Christmas pageant telling of The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Happy New Year ♥️

Our church theme this month is “Living With Intention.” This is something that can feel tiring, especially at a time when we are worn out already. But it doesn’t have to be. A practice of living with intention can actually restore us and give us new energy, as long as we pay attention to what is no longer relevant to our lives and what we want to add in. On Sunday January 2nd, folks at worship participated in an annual South Church tradition where we each wrote something that we are ready to let go of on a small piece of flash paper, and something that we want to manifest or carry into the new year on a sturdy, decorative piece of paper. Then we held the flash paper to a flame and watched it vanish in about a second. And we took the sturdy paper with the new intention with us out into the world as a reminder.

It can be as simple or as challenging as we need it to be at any time. We can create an intention to dive into a social justice topic at one point, or it can be enough to commit to getting dressed twice a week as an intention for self care.

If you have an intention to connect with other humans in meaningful ways, then keep an eye on our emails, newsletters, social media (Facebook and Instagram,) and worship announcements. There is still a lot happening!

Please note that the South Church policies related to covid continue to shift with the situation in the community and beyond. If you have questions or concerns about how the policy affects your family’s ability to come to church, please please reach out. We know not all kids are vaccinated, and we can have some flexibility–just talk to us. To stay current on how to be at church while we try to gather safely and responsibly (which is so tricky) please continue to refer to the Covid Policy page on the church website, which we will continue to update:

New and Noteworthy:

  • Saturday, January 8th: Families Tuugether! 5:00-7:30pm. FREE NIGHT OUT FOR PARENTS! We are again offering this time for parents/caregivers to connect briefly with each other, then leave the kids with us for a night of fun! While we have the kids, you can take time to get dinner, stroll, or do whatever you want before coming back to pick them up. The plan is to continue offering this event monthly when possible. RSVP: jendeldeo@southchurch-uu.org
  • Sunday, January 9th: Senior Youth Parents and Youth! 4:00-6:00pm. For all high school youth and their families. We will continue our year long learning journey, read more here. Upstairs at Court St building.
  • Friday, January 14th: Sparks and Flames! 7:00-9:00pm. SOCIAL GROUP FOR KIDS IN GRADES 5 through 8! We will play games and do an activity at church. RSVP: jendeldeo@southchurch-uu.org.
  • Sunday, January 30th: Annual meeting! 11:30am via zoom. Open to all, this is the democratic process of our congregation at work! Among other benefits, holding the meeting on zoom helps families join from the comfort of home, without a need for childcare.

Finally, if you haven’t yet, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILDREN, whether you plan to attend regularly or not! It is tremendously helpful for us to keep track of who our young people are and what we need to know about them.CLICK HERE for RE registration!


What you need to know this month… 

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Click here for 2021-2022 RE Program Information

  • Sunday, January 2nd:
    • Multigenerational Worship at 10:00a, Sermon offered by Reverend Susan
    • Service will stream live on YouTube
    • No Young Church today–kids stay in sanctuary today
    • Coming of Age meets 9:45-11:00am with mentors
    • OWL 5 meets 9:30-11:00, Court St classroom
    • OWL 7 meets 4:00-5:30, social hall
    • No Senior Youth today
  • Saturday, January 8th:
    • Families Tuugether! 5:30-8:00. RSVP: jendeldeo@southchurch-uu.org
  • Sunday, January 9th:
    • Worship at 10:00a, Sermon offered by Rev. Susan
    • Service will stream live on YouTube
    • Young Church meets downstairs following TFAA
    • Coming of Age meets 9:45-11:00, Piscataqua Room
    • 6th/7th grade Service Learning meets 10:00-11:00, Carson Room
    • OWL 5 meets 9:30-11:00, Court St classroom
    • OWL 7 meets 4:00-5:30, social hall
    • Senior Youth meets 4:00-6:00p with parents for Service Learning discussion! Upstairs at Court St building
  • Friday, January 14th:
    • Sparks and Flames Social Event! 7:00-9:00p. RSVP: jendeldeo@southchurch-uu.org
  • Sunday, January 16th:
    • Worship at 10:00a, Sermon offered by Tristan Husby, Exec Dir, UU Action Network NH
    • Service will stream live on YouTube
    • Young Church meets downstairs following TFAA
    • Coming of Age meets 9:45-11:00, Piscataqua Room
    • 6th/7th grade Service Learning meets 10:00-11:00, Carson Room
    • OWL 5 and OWL 7 will not meet today
    • Senior Youth meets 4:00-5:30p Upstairs at Court St building
  • Sunday, January 23rd:
    • Worship at 10:00a, Sermon offered by Valerie Fagin
    • Service will stream live on YouTube
    • Young Church meets downstairs following TFAA
    • Coming of Age meets 9:45-11:00, Piscataqua Room
    • 6th/7th grade Service Learning meets 10:00-11:00, Carson Room
    • OWL 5 meets 9:30-11:00, Court St classroom
    • OWL 7 meets 4:00-5:30, social hall
    • Senior Youth meets 4:00-6:00p with parents for Service Learning discussion! Upstairs at Court St building
  • Sunday, January 30th:
    • Worship at 10:00a, Sermon offered by Rev. Susan
    • Service will stream live on YouTube
    • Annual Meeting by zoom at 11:30am. Meeting link HERE
    • Young Church meets downstairs following TFAA
    • Coming of Age meets 9:45-11:00, Piscataqua Room
    • 6th/7th grade Service Learning meets 10:00-11:00, Carson Room
    • OWL 5 meets 9:30-11:00, Court St classroom
    • OWL 7 meets 4:00-5:30, social hall
    • Senior Youth meets 4:00-5:30p upstairs at Court St building

Families at Home: January’s Theme is “Living With Intention

Our UU faith in practice and action:

  • UU 4th Principle: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Or, in kid friendly language, “We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.” While as UUs we don’t have a prescribed doctrine, this is different from saying we just believe whatever we want. Especially in that first wording, “responsible” plays a part. Our work is to search for what is true and right and meaningful in our lives. We do that both together and individually. Here are some ideas for fostering that work at home:
    • Science Search: Check out Kitchen Pantry Scientist for really fun science experiments/projects to do at home. You can do one of the activities and then learn the science behind how it works. https://kitchenpantryscientist.com
    • Family Art: The 4th Principle connects to our monthly theme of Living With Intention because we can focus our intentions on the things that have meaning in our lives. Create a family art project where you make a collage of what is important to your family. Use magazines, family photos, draw, or use any other art supplies to make a piece of art that reflects what you value. Here’s a great tutorial from a family therapy approach: https://creativityintherapy.com/2016/11/family-values-collage/
  • Taking our monthly theme home: “Living With Intention”
    • Intentions How-To: Here’s a helpful article about why and how to help kids set intentions, including a sweet bookmark coloring add-on: https://kirstenskaboodle.com/the-how-what-and-why-of-setting-intentions-for-kids/
    • Practice & Accountability: Try having each member of your family set a weekly intention, and maybe add 2 action items to go with their intention. Post on the fridge as a reminder, and check in together on how it went at the end of the week. Be gentle around unmet goals!

Chalice Lighting for mealtimes this month:

“We are all gardeners, planting seeds of intention and watering them with attention in every moment of every day.”

By writer Cristen Rodgers

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