June: Religious exploration

Flower communion marked the last Sunday of our regular church year and R.E. programming. This summer, we will be experimenting with some limited R.E. offerings. In June, parents of preschoolers are reminded that care is offered in the nursery, while children entering kindergarten- 5th grade start out and meet all together in the fellowship hall for lessons from Passport to Creation, a curriculum that explores creation stories from various cultures through story and arts/crafts. (Please note: no Time for All Ages in June). Frank Arnold will teach our first lesson based on a story from Native American culture on June
2nd. Watch for further announcements on weekly topics on the R.E. page of our church website and in the weekly update.

In July, children will return to beginning in the sanctuary for the first part of the worship service through Time for All Ages. Supervised play (either on the playground or in the fellowship hall, dependent on the weather) will be offered for the duration of the service, as our volunteers allow. A sign up sheet for volunteers will be in the fellowship hall- please consider helping out.

Plans for Sundays in August are still pending, dependent on attendance, interest, and volunteers. Watch for further information and registration coming soon for Peace and Nature Camp August 5-7, which will be offered roughly the same time (5-8:00ish) and in the same format (workshop rotation) as last year’s Harry Potter camp.

Confirmed: We have 7 youth and 3 adult chaperons traveling to General Assembly in June. Thanks to Jason and Julie Rubsam for chaperoning with me. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in Youth Midwest Leadership School at Beloit College mid-July.

Finally, if you have ever had the experience of attending a UU youth conference, you will know what I mean when I say it’s a high. Our young people accept and support one another (and even us adults!), are amazingly talented, compassionate, enthusiastic, “tuned in,” and have LOTS of energy to work for
justice and shape our world! Last weekend, eight of our youth, Rae Schnapp (thanks, Rae!) and I attended CONstruction in Louisville. At the bridging ceremony at Saturday night’s worship service, listening to graduating seniors
reflect on the community and experiences they’ve shared during their years
growing up in UU churches and attending youth conferences, I felt humbled
by their gratitude and hopeful for the future. I truly believe there is no more important work than nurturing our kids. If you haven’t yet, please consider
volunteering to help out with CYRE (Child & Youth Religious Exploration), so that you, too, can experience the high of interacting with these awesome young
people. You might learn something or find yourself being inspired in a brand new or forgotten way.

See you in church,

Sheila Garrett,
Director of Religious Exploration

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