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Chalice Children's Circle

Elizabeth Brown, Religious Exploration Education Coordinator

Thursday
Mar302017

April 2017
This month we will be focusing on several ideas. We are excited that Spring has arrived, we will be talking about Women’s History Month, Earth Day and of course thinking about all the wonderful holidays these next few months.
 
We will be planting a new garden on the side of the church with both tomatoes and milkweed (butterfly plants) as a way to take care of our earth. If any member of the congregation would like to donate pots, plants, maybe a gift card to Armstrong’s that would be so greatly appreciated! We can’t wait to beautify our garden and give a little back to mother earth. 
 
We are looking for “special guests” to come down to the children’s service for between 10-15 minutes to share a story, help us with a craft or just spend time with the children. We are constantly looking for ways to include our adults in our children’s lives and we think this is a great start. Please feel free to check in with Elizabeth or any of the RE parents to let us know if you are interested.
 
Are you looking for ways to share the holidays of this season with your child?
 
Check out books at the library about Easter, Passover and the spring season
Plant flowers and veggies to share with friends and family
Talk with your children about what holidays are, which holidays your family celebrates and special traditions you may share
 
There are so many ways to welcome the season of change and growth! We look forward to sharing how we celebrate as the month moves on.
 
Happy Spring!
 
Warmly,
Elizabeth S. Brown
RE Coordinator
 

 

Wednesday
Nov302016

The RE Committee is  wishing everyone a very happy holiday! Attached is a wonderful link about teaching children about the variations of holidays around the world. One of the goals of the RE program at UUCVH is to support our children's acceptance of others and an understanding that their perspectives and truths may be different from others and that is ok!

 

Teaching your Children about the Different Holidays of the Season

by

Alaina Sullivan

 

https://www.care.com/c/stories/3663/teach-kids-about-different-holidays/

Monday
Oct312016

 

Children’s Religious Education

Elizabeth Brown

 

UUCVH is growing and we have more children attending church with their families than we have had in a long time! We are excited about this change and are hopeful that our congregation will help us to celebrate this growth by supporting the development and expansion of children's programming. In an effort to help connect our congregation to our children, we will be celebrating Universal Children's Day at our November 20th service. We are looking forward to finding ways to reminisce on our congregation’s childhood and celebrate the incredible (young) beings in our church! It will be a very special, and sort of different service, but one that will help us give our inner children the opportunity to come out and play! We hope you will join us :) 

In this newsletter we will be exploring what Universal Children's Day is and why it is so important for us to focus on our littlest citizens... after all they are truly our future.

The History of Universal Children’s Day 

Universal Children’s Day was first announced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1954. Originally, there were 2 goals this day was to help achieve: to encourage children of all races, creeds and religions to spend time together, getting to know each other and appreciating each other’s differences, and to prompt governments worldwide to pay more attention to the welfare of their youngest citizens. Although Universal Children’s Day takes place on November 20th, each country that participates in the festivities has its own date set aside for this purpose—in South Sudan, for example, Children’s Day is celebrated on December 23rd, in Cuba on the third Sunday of July, and in Poland on June 1st. Since its establishment as a holiday, Universal Children’s Day has been tied to many different, honorable causes, such as the commitment to stopping HIV/AIDS by 2015. Another one of the goals Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations aspires to reach is for every child to have access to an education and be able to attend school. Promoting peace, respect and concern for the environment among the world’s children are also considered to be of utmost importance.

How to Celebrate Universal Children’s Day

- Volunteer to read to a group of children at your local library

- Spend a bit of extra time with the special children in your lives

- Attend a service or celebration to learn more about what Universal Children's Day is all about

- Try something new with a child... go for a hike, connect with nature, take a short road trip

- Read information about current events in our world that are effecting children

- Donate to a cause that helps children worldwide and locally

- Take time to reflect on your childhood, what were some wonderful things, what were somethings you would change

- Contact someone in your life that made a difference in you growing up and thank them

There is so much you can do to celebrate the children in your life, but the most important thing is to advocate for their rights. We are a fast paced, independent society that often forgets to slow down and think about our children's needs. They will help to shape the future of our world... isn't it time to really shift our focus? 

Friday
Jan012016

 

 

Autumn is here! 

 We are excited to celebrate the changing of the seasons and thinking about the way in which many cultures and religions celebrate the holidays.  Below is a beautiful UU poem about Autumn arriving and the excitement of change… we will be reading this poem and other beautiful literature to our children as we shift into the next season. Meanwhile in the RE program, we have been working on our “7 Principles Book” where the children are welcome to draw, write or think about what the principles mean to them. It has been exciting to hear their ideas and their questions about the UU faith.

I am working closely with the RE committee and Rev. Gordon on our curriculum here at UUCVH! More information to come soon! Wishing everyone a wonderful month filled with warm jackets, warm drinks and the warmth that this season brings!

 Warmly,

Elizabeth S. Brown

RE Coordinator

 

AUTUMNAL WELCOMING

Autumnal Welcoming Opening

By Sarah Gettie McNeill

 

Come in, from the crisp morning air outside,

come in, wearing the autumn sunlight on your face,

come, carrying the turning of the seasons in your heart.

Whatever and however the greatness of life is speaking to you now,you are welcome here in our circle of friends.