Art Project Success/Upcoming Flag Football

Our art project was a great success! The kids started with a communal art project—they were given an instruction on what to draw (such as, draw the smallest dot you can) then told to rotate to the next person’s spot and given another instruction. This went on until each child had been around the paper several times. The end result was a beautiful, colorful piece of art that shows what the children can do when they work together in community. For the second project, they painted to music, drawing what the music made them feel. They had a lot of fun with this one! The kids’ art will be showcased in the church, location to be determined.

This coming Sunday, June 25, Andy will lead the kids in flag football unless it’s too hot or raining, in which case we will have an age-appropriate Board-Game-a-Thon in Caton Hall.

While the older kids will enjoy a different project each Sunday, the Little Ones will meet in their classroom as usual. Ms. Erine and Ms. Khorey are our dedicated teachers this summer, however, we still need adult volunteers each Sunday to assist. Please let me know if you are able to sign up for a Sunday or two this summer.

Stay cool, and I’ll see you Sunday!

Best,

Jamie 

School Ends and Summer Begins!

We had a fantastic summer kick-off yesterday! All ages gathered together for a small party to end the Sunday School year. Each child was given a lei and small trophy, accompanied by a statement of praise for each individual child’s special gift to the Sunday School classroom. I don’t know if I will remember this all accurately, but I’ll try my best:

·      Aaron: for the unending exuberance he exhibits each Sunday

·      Cameron: for the stellar social skills he brings to the Godly Play community

·      Eleanor: for the special sparkle and shine she takes with her wherever she goes

·      Elias: for his spirit of peace making (and for leaving his name tag in the silliest of places)

·      Emmalene: for the devotion to discipleship she shows each Sunday

·      Harley: for the contagious enthusiasm he brings to all that he does

·      Jack: for being a great learner

·      Lillie: also for being a great learner (it must run in the family!)

·      Rachel: for being a great listener in class

·      Simon: for his joyful smile and smiling eyes, both of which light up any room he’s in

Obviously there is more we could say about each child, but these are special gifts that have become apparent over the past several months. Contagious enthusiasm and joy, community building, intellect, peace-making, discipleship… we are blessed with a talented group of kids!

I’ll see you all next week, when we will be painting with Leslie Moon. The kids will dismiss after the children’s sermon, somewhere around 10:15, and Leslie thinks the lesson will last about an hour.

Hope to see everyone Saturday evening at drop off/pick up, but if not, see you Sunday!

Best,
Jamie

PS: Here's a list of our upcoming Sunday activities. There are two Sundays we've yet to fill, but hope to soon. If you have a talent you'd like to share with the kids, please let me know!

 

June 18 - local artist Leslie Moon will lead the children in an expressive art project. It will be taught outside, and the children should dress to get messy! 

June 25 - flag football with Andy. There will be a secondary activity for those who don't want to play or are too young, etc.

July 2 - intergenerational worship -- no SF programming

July 9 - Danishes with Kathy W.

July 16 - Paint the Playground Day with John P.

July 23 - CX-led Summer Fun Sunday

July 30 - TBD

August 6 - Summer Science with Sara S.

August 13 - Summer Science with Lora and Jake

August 20 - TBD

August 27 - Summer Science with Lora and Jake 

Summer's Finally Here! (and lots of other need-to-know info)

This Sunday should be a fun one! The schedule is a little wonky, but worth it, I think, for a fun summer kick off!

This Sunday’s schedule:

Little Ones: begin in the classroom, then go to children’s sermon, then (along with their teachers) to Caton Hall for a summer kick off! (Ms. Erine and volunteer Becca)

Godly Play: begin in the classroom, then go to children’s sermon, then back to GP for the lesson. After the lesson, GP students and teachers will join us for the celebration! (Cathy S. and Becca)

Young Disciples: begin in sanctuary, participate in children’s sermon, then dismiss to the summer celebration. (Jamie, Ms. Erine, Becca, and Cathy S.)

Snacks that consider dietary limitations will be provided. If you’d like to donate a food item or drink, please contact me by Friday at jamiehanauer@gmail.com.

Our summer is shaping up to be a fun one. We have the following programs lined up, with more to come!

·      June 11 – summer kick off! A small celebration in Caton Hall.

·      June 18 – expressive art with local artist Leslie Moon (dress for mess!)

·      June 25 – flag football and other outdoor event with Andy H. (dress for grass stains, and
       don’t make Saturday a bath night…)

·      July 3 – first Sunday intergenerational service (children sit on the front row; I will join them. 
      Others are welcome!)

·      July 9 – making Danishes with Kathy W. (bring an apron if you have one)

If you’re interested in signing up for a summer Sunday project post-July 9, please contact me ASAP at jamiehanauer@gmail.com.

LOOKING AHEAD:

If you haven’t already done so please RSVP for our very important Christian Ed planning meeting, where all interested parties get to have their opinions heard on what Christian Ed at UCCA should look like! This is your chance to get your great idea out there, don’t let it pass you by! ALL AGES will be discussed, from age 0 to 18).

Don’t forget that we have our LAST PNO OF THE SCHOOL YEAR on June 17, 5pm to 8pm, Caton Hall. The next PNO will probably be in September, so take advantage of this 3 hours of freedom while you can! Attendance is free, with a suggested donation of $10 per family. RSVP *NOW* to jamiehanauer@gmail.com.

Christian Ed Committee Meeting: My house, June 14, 10am, children welcome, snacks and coffee/tea provided.

And, as always, if you’re interested in volunteering with the children in any capacity, or being on the Christian Education committee, please let me know. There’s always a need!

See you Sunday,

Jamie, Chair of Christian Ed

 

 

May 28 Sunday School Info, Parents Night Out, and Important Summer News!

Thanks to Hannah and Matt for teaching Young Disciples last week while I was out sick. I missed the kids very much, but heard that Hannah and Matt did an excellent and fun job!

This week's YD class will be taught by Anne Eastman, assisted by Melissa. The kids will be learning about the Ascension from Acts 1:6-14.

Godly Play will be taught by Cathy Sanders, and assisted by Hannah.

Ms. Erine will provide care for the Little Ones. We are still searching for a volunteer to assist. If you're interested, please let me know!

PARENTS NIGHT OUT!

June 17th is our next Parents Night Out, 5pm-8pm, Caton Hall. A light dinner will be provided. Childcare provider information to come.

SUMMER NEWS!

Believe it or not, summer is almost here! June 11th will be our last "regular" Sunday School class (we will likely have a little party in each class), and June 18th will kick off our summer programming.

For the last two years, which is as far back as my institutional history goes, we have had a volunteer teach a special class to the kids. Examples have included baking bread, a nature walk around the church grounds, play-doh making, science experiments... you get the gist. 

If you would like to contribute your time and talents this summer, please let me know what kind of class you have in mind, and what date would work for you. We already have a volunteer who will conduct an art class (thank you, Leslie!), and it's possible Andy and I might get a flag football game in there somewhere...  

Also, if you know of someone who might like to lead a class or two but who isn't on this email, please forward it along and encourage him/her to get in touch with me.

Best,

Jamie
Chair, Christian Education