CE Updates and Save the Dates

Not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but UCCA is bursting at the seams with kids these days! (This is especially noticeable when, say, Aaron and Rachel are cursing each other with wands during the Children’s Sermon.)

All of our wonderful teachers have been raving about how classes are going! Our new youth class is especially off to a strong start, so much so in fact that we’re adding in additional class time. If your pre-teen or teen is in the youth class, keep an eye on the weekly updates and/or church calendar for when classes will be held.

And, of course, we’ve added Ms. Jolyn to our Little One’s rotation. She is AMAZING! If you haven’t met her yet you’ll have plenty of chances in November, when she’ll be around every Sunday while Ms. Tracy is out due to hip surgery.

Dates to remember:

October 22nd – parents should plan to stick around for a potluck celebration of the Yasir family during fellowship hour, and then a church visioning session. We want to hear your vision for UCCA! Childcare will be provided.

October 26th – We will hold a church expansion charrette at the Elks Lodge. Childcare will be provided.

Oct. 29th – all-youth Halloween party, as well as the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation. Come in costume!

November 10th, 11th, or 12th we will have a Veteran’s Day project. This is still in the works so watch your email for more information.

November 18th – Parents’ Night Out from 5pm to 8pm, Caton Hall, dinner provided. RSVP to Jamie.

That’s it for now. Hope to see you Sunday!

Best,
Jamie

 

 

 

 

Off and Running! (plus Save the Dates and Sign Ups!)

Sunday School has gotten off to an awesome start! The kids have huddled around a watermelon “campfire”; (hopefully) learned the power of forgiveness, even for their siblings; taken a garden tour; written Haikus; and created homemade invitations to distribute for our Family Fun day on October 7th.  And we’ve only met twice!!

Our new youth class has met once, and from the description Irish gave me, the class couldn’t have gone better. We have such inquisitive and intelligent youth in our midst! I’m grateful to have them, and grateful for those who meet with them every 2nd and 4th Sunday to talk about matters of faith. If you’re interested in being one of those people, you can sign up here.

Ms. Tracy is back in our Little Ones class along with Erine and Khorey. This last Sunday Khorey and I attempted to teach the kids the motions to Father Abraham, and I began teaching them how to sign “Jesus Loves Me.” While Cove and Floyd looked at us like we were nuts and Edwin wore a look of vague amusement, they were definitely listening and even dancing along with the music! In the words of Floyd, “Yep, more.” Indeed!

Our first PNO was also a great success, with 12 kids in attendance. They enjoyed pizza and made crafts, and in general ran amok (in a good way).

In other news, this Sunday is intergenerational Sunday. Godly Play and Little Ones will meet as usual, but there will not be a Young Disciples class. You can find out more about the power of our intergenerational service of communion here.

Interested in providing snacks for the kiddos on Sundays? Sign up here!

Upcoming events: Family Fun day is on October 7th at Hillsmere beach, 11am setup, 12pm start. For more information on Family Fun day, contact Lora or Kathy M.

Also on October 7th is the annual Blessing of the Pets, which begins at 10am at the church. Bring your pet(s) for a laying on of hands that’s super cute and slightly smelly.

October 14th is our next PNO, 5-8 at the church. RSVP directly to Jamie, please!

October 29th we’ll have a joint Halloween/Reformation celebration, so perhaps come dressed as a 16th-century theologian?

Hope to see you Sunday, and happy fall!

Best,

Jamie
Chair of Christian Ed

 

Welcome back!

This Saturday, 9/16, we will have our first PNO of the new church year! Same as before - Caton Hall, dinner provided, 5pm - 8pm, staffed by Khorey and Erine. All ages are welcome, and a swing and Pack-n-Play are available for infants. If children under 2 will be in attendance, let me know so I can add in a third childcare provider. Please send me your RSVPs by Wednesday, 9/13.

This Sunday we'll be back to our regular Sunday School schedule, but with some changes:

Nursery is ages 0-3, drop off begins at 10:20. (This week's teachers are Erine and Tracy. Yes, Ms. Tracy is back!)

Godly Play is 4-6. Kids will begin in the sanctuary sitting with their teacher, then dismiss to classroom after the Children's Sermon. Kids should bring a small offering and their Bibles. If you need a Bible for your child, please let me know! (This week's teachers are Michelle and TA Melissa) 

Young Disciples is 7-11. Kids will begin in the sanctuary with their parents, then dismiss to the classroom after the Children's Sermon. Kids should bring a small offering and their Bibles. If you need a Bible for your child, please let me know! (This week's teachers are Jamie and TA Hannah)

The older youths' class is 12+, and will meet in the Butterfly Room on 2nd and 4th Sundays. They will begin in the sanctuary then dismiss to the classroom after the Children's Sermon. (Does not meet this week; next week will be led by Irish.)

All children are to remain in their classrooms until picked up by a parent.

Please consider signing up to bring a snack every once in a while for our kids to enjoy during class. At least one gluten-free snack and dairy-free snack should be provided; preferably these would be on par with the "regular" snacks. (i.e., if we have cookies for kids without allergies, we don't want carrot sticks for the kids with allergies, as this isn't "fair" in their estimation.)

Here is a link to sign up to bring snacks:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45aaab28a6f94-food1

Thanks, and I'll see you Sunday!

Volcanoes, Save-the-Dates, and Lots of Sign-up Geniuses!

The kids had an awesome time learning about volcanoes from Jake and Lora Bleacher this last Sunday! I took some pictures that I’m sure will end up on the church FB page, so be sure to check that out later this week. The Blessing of the Backpacks was also a very special time, and the kids seemed to love the tags given to them by Pastor Ryan to hang on their backpacks. If you didn’t get a tag let me know and I will get you one!

Jake B taught how volcanoes work and what they do with the older children.

Jake B taught how volcanoes work and what they do with the older children.

This coming Sunday, September 3rd, we will have our intergenerational service. Youth 6 and over will remain in the sanctuary. Childcare will be provided for those 6 and under in the Little Ones classroom. (ICYMI, you can find the blog post on the special nature of our intergenerational Sundays here.)

As we get closer to the start of Sunday School, please consider signing up to bring snacks for the youth on occasion. You can find the Sign-up Genius here.

Dates to remember:

September 10th we will have an end-of-summer party during the Sunday School hour.

September 16th will be our first PNO of the fall, 5pm-8pm, Caton Hall. Send RSVPs to Jamie no later than September 12th, please!

September 17th our new Sunday School year will begin!

Here’s a reminder of how the 2017-2018 Sunday School year will be structured:

This year the classrooms will be grouped into the following age ranges and locations:

Little Ones: 0-3, will meet in the nursery each week. Drop off begins at 10:20. Infants are welcome. The Bishop family has supplied the church with a playpen and infant swing—thank you, Nathan and Michelle!

Godly Play: 4-6, will meet in the Godly Play room after the Children’s Sermon each week. Prior to the Children’s Sermon they will sit in the sanctuary with their teacher. (Teachers are Cathy S. and Michelle B.)

Young Disciples: 7-10, will meet in Caton Hall after the Children’s Sermon all Sunday’s but Communion Sunday, which is held the first Sunday of each month. (Teachers are Jamie C-H. and Anne E.)

NEW CLASS, CX Youth: 11-up, will meet in the Butterfly Room every 2nd and 4th Sunday after the Children’s Sermon. They will walk to the Butterfly Room with their teacher. (Teachers are Monica R-W. and Irish S. If you are interested in volunteering to teach, please let me know ASAP. You can find the calendar for signing up to teach here.)

All children are to remain in their classrooms until picked up by a parent.

There will be a Children’s Sermon each week for the children to enjoy. I hope this makes them feel an integral part of each Sunday’s worship time!

October 7th Blessing of the Pets. Bring your pets to the church for a special blessing from Pastor Ryan! (10am-11am).

Also on October 7th we will have a special day of fun at the beach with some of the families we’ve gotten to know over the last year, such as the Abed and Morales families. More information to come, but mark your calendars now! (12pm-4pm, Hillsmere Beach)

Hope to see you Sunday!

Best,
Jamie

The Most Important CE Blog You'll Read All Year!

Our Summer Fun classrooms are going wonderfully! There’s only one left, which will be led by Jake and Lora on August 27th. This coming Sunday, August 20th, the nursery will be open but there is no program planned for the older children. They will remain with their parents in the sanctuary.

Also on August 27th we will have our annual Blessing of the Backpacks as a send-off for the new school year! Children should bring their backpacks to church with them and to the front of the sanctuary during the Children’s Sermon.

September 10th we will have an end-of-summer party during the Sunday School hour, and on September 17th our new Sunday School year will begin!

This year the classrooms will be grouped into the following ages and locations:

Little Ones: 0-3, will meet in the nursery each week. Drop off begins at 10:20.

Godly Play: 4-6, will meet in the Godly Play room after the Children’s Sermon each week. Prior to the Children’s Sermon they will sit in the sanctuary with their teacher. (Teachers are Cathy S. and Michelle B.)

Young Disciples: 7-10, will meet in Caton Hall after the Children’s Sermon all Sunday’s but Communion Sunday, which is held the first Sunday of each month. (Teachers are Jamie CH and Anne E.)

NEW CLASS, CX Youth: 11-up, will meet in the Butterfly Room every 2nd and 4th Sunday after the Children’s Sermon. They will walk to the Butterfly Room with their teacher. (Teachers are Monica RW and Irish S. If you are interested in volunteering to teach, please let me know ASAP).

**All children are to remain in their classrooms until picked up by a parent.**

There will be a Children’s Sermon each week for the children to enjoy. I hope this makes them feel an integral part of each Sunday’s worship time!

Please let me know if you have any questions about our upcoming “semester.” I can’t wait to get started!

Blessings,

Jamie
Chair of Christian Ed

 

First Sundays – A Special Time of Worship!

Hi all,

Please join us this Sunday for our once-a-month intergenerational service as all ages join together in the sanctuary for a child- and adult-friendly service during which we will take communion together as the Body of Christ.

Communion has become a rote practice for many, as the significance of the act is lost to the mundanity of the routine. But we want our youth to know just how important this act is! So, if you have a moment to explain communion to your child(ren) prior to our First Sunday Intergenerational Service days, that would be great! A simple way to explain Communion to a young child could look something like this:

Taking communion goes all the way back to the earliest days of the church. In fact, it was Jesus Himself who began the tradition of communion. Right before He was crucified, He had a meal with His disciples, known as the Last Supper. Jesus knew He wouldn’t be with His disciples much longer, and so He made a point of giving part of Himself to them so that they could remember Him. 

The Bible says this is how it happened: “And Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’” 

From that time on, communion became a super important part of Christian worship. In the early days of the church, it wasn’t always easy to take communion or even to go to church at all, as not everyone wanted people to worship Jesus. But those who loved Jesus took communion anyway, even if they got in trouble for it, because they knew how amazing a thing it was to receive His gifts, and to do so together in community. Jesus did not intend for us to take communion alone, but instead to do so side-by-side with others, just as His disciples at the Last Supper did. Just as we take special meals together such as at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, we are to take this most special of “meals” together as a whole church! So being in the church with the grown-ups for this time is really important and special!

Hope to see you and your little ones this Sunday for our time of Communion and worship!

Outcomes of Parent Meeting and Praying With Our Feet

On Wednesday evening, UCCA parents came together to eat pizza and discuss the upcoming fall season of Sunday School. As a team, those gathered decided UCCA youth would be best served by altering the current age and classroom breakdown:

Little Ones: 1–3

Godly Play: 4–6

Young Disciples: 7–10

TBD Youth Classroom: 11–13

I’m especially excited by the creation of the 11–13 classroom. That class will meet every second and third week, and we already have a handful of people eager to volunteer in the classroom!

Other topics discussed included the Children’s Sermon, creating a regular acolyte rotation, field trips, mission projects, and more!

This Sunday Suzie R. and Rick D. will lead the kids in the Summer Fun session, Praying with Your Feet. I think the kids will really enjoy this one!

Looking Ahead

Interested in bringing snacks for the kids one Sunday this fall? Sign up here.

Sign-ups for fellowship hour food, set-up, or clean-up can be found here.

The first PNO of the fall season will be on September 16th! You can RSVP here.

The first Sunday School class of the fall season is September 17th, which is also the day of our annual picnic. Mark your calendars!

See you Sunday,

Jamie
Chair of Christian Education

 

This Sunday in Christian Ed...

Last Sunday the kids (and more than a few parents!) had a great time painting the playground. They were led by John and Daniel, who have spent many hours over the last several months working to make our playground as safe and welcoming as possible. If you haven't already, please take the time to say thank you to those two for all their hard work!

This week our Summer Fun program will be led by CX. This is sure to be a fun-filled activity as all ages of UCCA youth come together to spend time in community. 

Parents will soon receive in their inbox a survey to fill out prior to the July 26th parents' meeting.  It's short and sweet, so please take the time to fill it out, preferably by July 23, so CE can read through the responses prior to our meeting. 

Hope to see you all on Sunday!

Best,

Jamie
Chair of Christian Education

Paint the Playground with John Plumley and All Parent Meeting

Just a reminder that this Sunday will be a Paint the Playground Day. Kids and any adults who want to help should plan on wearing clothes that can get messy. The painting will begin after the older kids dismiss from the Children's Sermon.

It's also our third Sunday potluck!

Upcoming date of interest:

July 26, 6:30pm will be our All Parent Meeting. It will be held at my house, and there will be food. Kids are welcome. : )

Hope to see you Sunday,

Jamie

Intergenerational Service July 2nd, Danishes with Kathy July 9th

Who said corporate worship has to be done from the pews? Last Sunday the children were led by Andy in a fun game of flag football, which was a fun and meaningful time of community building and fellowship for our youngest congregants. This coming Sunday, July 2nd, is General Synod, which is where I will be. Those at UCCA will enjoy an intergenerational service—childcare will be provided for children 5 and under, while those over 5 will worship in the sanctuary. Summer programming will continue July 9th, when Kathy W. will lead the children in baking Danishes.

Our all-parent meeting in coming upon July 26th. If you don’t already have it on your calendar, add it now, and please send me your RSVP.  

Enjoy your week, and I’ll see you on July 9th, apron in hand.

Best,
Jamie, Chair of Christian Educatio

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