This Week in Parent News
Welcome to Parent News!
We’re diving in this month by looking at the many ways our UU faith invites us to become “a people of integrity.” To help get at that, our sessions are each built around the various ways we come to learn and live integrity. You can find the January parents’ resource packet, with questions, games and activities that will help you enforce the theme at home, here. Use the password UUFRsoulmatters.
Please read below for news, reminders, and announcements.
What to expect Sunday, January 19:
Our children will continue with January’s theme, “Integrity.” Preschool will meet in the Dorothea Dix room of Peace Hall. Childcare is available in the Nursery for children ages 0-2.
Sunday, January 19, 9:30 am, Founders Hall
BackPack Buddies Monthly Packing Session
Join us this Sunday to pack food for “BackPack Buddies,” the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle program to provide children from low-income households with nutritious, kid-friendly groceries each Friday for the weekends when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. We are in our second year of working with this program, and we provide meals for 15 children. This is an intergenerational activity and is truly rewarding for both adults and children. Please note this change: we are now asking all of our volunteers to arrive at 9:30 a. m. to assist with both setup and packing. Even the littlest ones can help! Please sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D49A9AB2BA0FD0-backpack or email Susan Silverio ([email protected]). We are looking for new ways for our kids to participate in fundraising for this project and would love any parents who are excited about that to volunteer to help plan and lead. Please email [email protected] for more information.
First Children’s Choir Rehearsal. 12:15-12:45. Rehearsals begin on January 19, following our church service, at 12:15 until 12:45 in the music room! This enthusiast choir is offered to youth, ages 5 and above, and will perform contemporary music with a strong message of peace, hope and building community. This is sure to be a great fun and learning experience for our young members! Please email [email protected] for more information!
Anti-Racism Workshops for Children
We hope your kids will join us in February for a special (and FUN) Workshop series led by our anti-racism team! Participants can expect activities, stories, games, field trips, and LUNCH!
Dates are Feb. 9th, 16th, and 23rd (lunch to 5pm)
A workshop series for adults will run at the same time. For details or to register email
Anti-Racism Workshops for Teens
Teens are especially invited to participate in two day-long anti-racism training. High school students will attend with adults in sessions March 28 and April 4 from 8:30-4:30. For more information, please email [email protected].
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (OWL)
We will begin our winter session of Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education for 5th and 6th graders on Sunday, January 12. This 10-session course will meet during service (from 10:50 am-12:00 pm). Course details will be emailed directly to parents of 5th-6th graders. Advance registration is required for this course. The registration form can be found here. We are also seeking facilitators for our 11th and 12th grade OWL program. Please email [email protected] if you would love to volunteer with this meaningful program.
Charlotte Youth CON
February 7-9, 2020. A Youth CONference is a gathering of Unitarian Universalist youth and advisors for a weekend program filled with a variety of workshops, activities, good food, and a safer environment. Youth participate in all the activities, share with new friends in small get-to-know-you groups, bond during free time, contribute to times of fun and reflection and grow spiritually through worship. The CON is open to 9th-12th graders from UU congregations in NC, SC, TN, VA, and GA. All youth must be accompanied by an advisor. All advisors attend for free. Advisors must be at least 25 years old unless serving as an advisor in their congregation. At least one advisor is required for every 8 youth in a group. All registration is online via THIS LINK. Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 30. If your teen is interested or you are would enjoy being a Parent Facilitator, please contact [email protected].
Parents of Young Children Meet-Up Group
Parents and caregivers of children under 3 are invited to meet in the Nursery with Elle Penley, our new point person for parent support for parents of young children! Grab your coffee Sunday, January 26th from 9:45-10:45am and bring your children for a chance to connect to fellow UUFR parents while the kids enjoy being together in a nursery full of toys. Discussion topics can include parenting while being active at UUFR, parent support needs, and ideas for family social activities Contact Elle at [email protected] for details.
Like to Party?
We are excitedly assembling a ministry team that will help us to coordinate social activities and retreats for families and youth. If you’re looking for a fun way to engage in Family Ministry, this is it! If you are interested in serving on the ministry team or leading an activity or meet-up, contact [email protected]
Welcoming New Sunday School Teachers and Assistants
Our class leaders are reporting that they love the new Soul Matters and Children’s Chapel format! By laying out the theme of the morning in chapel, our teachers and assistants can focus on building relationships and having FUN in the classroom! An additional benefit for parents is that you hear the same morning message as your child so you can process it together. We would love to include additional parents in our leadership teams for learning circles. You can be our guest in a learning circle if you would like to see what it’s like! Contact Tryst if you are interested in discussing how you can engage with our Sunday morning programs for children and youth as a substitute or consistent leader or by contributing story or song in our Children’s Chapel services.
We are so excited about the new Parent-focused Chalice circles meeting on Wednesdays when there is childcare and Sunday nights while we have youth group. Thanks to all who signed up! Click here for more information on these terrific new groups: http://www.uufr.org/chalicecircles/
Please remember that all families with children aged 0-18 need to formally register within Family Ministry regardless of whether you plan to attend Sunday programming, which will resume January 12. Registration allows us to maintain current emergency contact and medical information, better plan for programming (supplies, staffing etc), have accurate budget needs data and insures that you are signed up to receive our Children’s and Youth Ministry’s monthly newsletters and information about special programming (OWL, COA, HSYG, etc) and other social events of interest to families.
New families are welcome to join our programming on Sundays as guests three times before formally registering for classes. Visitors are required to fill out a one page Visitor’s Form when dropping off their children. After three visits, guests will be asked to complete the full, more detailed registration form.
We will be providing Child Care in the Nursery for children 0-2 during service on Sundays.
As always, all children are always welcome to attend services with their families.
NEW Play Church Location- We’ve made some improvements to our Play Church! The most exciting part is that it has moved to the back of the sanctuary so that children and their parents can SEE the slides and better engage with the service. We are already getting rave reviews about the change!
Chapel Offering -Please note that we have begun to include an ”offering” during our children’s Chapel service in Founder’s Hall. Important lessons are learned as children are encouraged to grow more generous in spirit and in action. Please feel free to give your child any spare change in your pockets or encourage kids to bring pennies or any coins they find to Sunday’s worship. We will always have a jar of change on hand for those who have forgotten theirs at home.
Let’s Get Social! Please be sure to join our UUFR PARENTS COMMUNITY GROUP on Facebook!
Important Information about Children’s Chapel and Learning Circles:
Check-in begins in front of Founder’s Hall at 10:50 a.m.
Gathering Time (5-10 minutes before the service): Children (K-10th Grades only) will be given name tags, be signed in, dropped off and gather in their Circles in Founder’s Hall.
Worship and Circle Time (15-20 minutes): may Include chalice lighting, music, meditation, offering and a story. This is when the lesson and story for the week is shared.
Activities (30-45 minutes): After Worship, children will be led to their assigned meeting rooms by their Circle Leaders. Children will share joys and concerns and participate in activities that extend the story and theme of the week.
On Sundays, Children’s and Youth Ministry will be divided into the following Learning Circles:
•PRESCHOOL- PreK (Children aged 3 and 4) Drop off before service to Peace Hall, Dorothea Dix
•LOWER ELEMENTARY-K-2nd Grades, Peace Hall- Thomas Jefferson
•UPPER ELEMENTARY– 3rd-5th Grades, Peace Hall-Emerson
•MIDDLE SCHOOL– 6th-8th Grades, Peace Hall-Clara Barton
•JUNIOR YOUTH– 9-10th Grades Teen Cave
•BUILDER’S CLUB*-1st-5th Grades Peace Hall-Beatrix Potter
*An advanced registration, special opt-in class for students who do better with hands-on and self-directed work. The core curriculum of Builder’s Club is affirming children who have difficulty with the traditional classroom setting. Please email [email protected] to inquire about placement in this circle.