Hello Parents and Families!
Welcome to UUCB’s Sunday Morning 2018-19 Religious Education program! My name is Rev. Dana Lightsey and I am your Acting Assistant Minister in charge of Religious Education. Amy Szen is our Office Administrator and is assisting with our program. We are excited to work with you and your children. It has been a delight to meet many of you and I look forward to getting to know you better. We are here to listen to you, and support you in every way that we can. Please do not hesitate to email or call me. I want to hear your reflections and your hopes and wishes for the Religious Education program.
Please note the new procedures with safety and security. These steps are critical for creating and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all involved. Thank you for your support with these new procedures.
Here’s what’s cooking this fall!
Preschool children – (ages 3-4 and young 5’s): Our wonderful preschool teachers, Tim and Susan Bailey, are returning for another year. They will be adapting lessons from the “Chalice Children” and “Celebrating Me and My World” curricula and other sources.
K-5th Grade – “Soul Matters” classes will be taught by Rosemary Lohndorf, Sarah Galloway, Anna Evenson, and myself. We will have at least two teachers in our class at all times and I will often join in to help out. After a brief Children’s Chapel, each class will have a variety of fun, age-appropriate activities that tie in with the church’s monthly theme.
Middle School – Sunday morning class for Middle Schoolers is “Popcorn Theology”! Taught by Pete Dignan, Lauren Hinkel, and Stephen Kandl. This class will feature film clips from a wide variety of movies, which will be followed by a thoughtful and in-depth discussion of the meaning and messages within each movie. High school youth are also invited to join this fun and entertaining class.
REGISTRATION: To register your children and youth for Sunday Morning classes, UU Unicorns, and Sunday Evening youth groups and classes, please click on this link here.
Preschool and K-5 Schedule
- Before service – Everyone please check in with Rev. Dana. She will be somewhere near the entrance. IMPORTANT: You will receive a popsicle stick with your child(ren)’s name(s) on it to use for checking them out at the end of class.
- 9:15 – All children will begin in the sanctuary. (There are no classes during the 11:00 service.)
- 9:25 or so – Teachers and children will leave when the adults sing us out.
- 9:30 K-5 will go to room 9 at the end of the hall for Children’s Chapel. Preschool teachers will choose each week whether to attend Children’s Chapel or begin in room 6 for their class.
- 10:15 – Preschool and K-5 classes will go out to the playground for fun and sunshine.
- The time between 10:15 and 10:30 is intended to give parents a break to attend Fellowship Hour. You are welcome to sign out your preschool and K-5 children anytime after 10:15.
- To protect your children and follow Safe Congregations recommendations, children will NOT be released without an adult to sign them out. Please turn in the popsicle stick with your child’s name on it to sign them out between 10:15 and 10:30.
- 10:30 – We are finished for the week! Please make sure your children (preschool and K-5) are picked up by 10:30. We will text you at 10:30 if your child has not been picked up.
UU UNICORNS – You can enroll your children and youth into our children’s choir, “UU Unicorns”, on the Religious Education Registration form. Your registration will give their director, Miss Amanda, permission to sign them out from the playground and to take them to rehearsal at 10:25.
Middle School Popcorn Theology
High School Youth are invited to join the Popcorn Theology Class!
- Before service – Everyone please check in with Rev. Dana. She will be somewhere near the entrance.
- 9:15 – All children and youth will begin in the sanctuary. (There are no classes during the 11:00 service.)
- 9:25 or so – Teachers and youth will leave when the adults sing us out.
- 9:30 – Middle School and High School youth will go to the Emerson Room for their class.
- The time between 10:15 and 10:30 is intended to give parents a break to attend Fellowship Hour. Middle School and High School will finish their class at 10:30.
- Middle School and High School youth may NOT leave the class or leave the UUCB campus until the class is over. For safety reasons, all youth need to be either in worship or in class on Sunday mornings.
Thank you for supporting the well-being of our children
with these new procedures.
Parents and guardians are the most important people in the lives of our children. With this in mind, we would like to be in conversation with parents throughout the year. I hope you can attend our first meeting of the year on Sunday, September 9 during the second service at 11:00am. Our Office Administrator, Amy Szen, and I will answer questions, ask questions, listen to your reflections, and work with you to make our program the best it can possibly be.
In the meantime, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on my cellphone at: 970-590-6978. I look forward to being in conversation with you as we support our children and youth as they grow and develop as UU’s.
SUNDAY EVENING YOUTH PROGRAMMING
Ellen Saunders Duncan is facilitating youth programming for UUCB and BVUUF on Sunday evenings. The same registration form (listed above) also works for these classes. Please email Ellen for more information.
Here’s a brief overview:
For this year, we are offering the Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education class for 7th & 8th graders and 11th & 12th graders, Coming of Age for 8th & 9th graders, and High School Youth Group for 9th-12th graders. The calendar for all of our youth programming is available here.
High School Youth Group (HSYG) is a space for youth to connect, have a good time, and explore their ideas about community, justice, spirituality, and more. This is a youth-led, youth-centered space, and Ellen is looking for folks who are interested in creating, collaborating, leading. Our initial plan is to meet monthly, on the last Sunday of each month from 6:15-7:45pm.
8/9th Grade Coming of Age (COA) is a program designed to mark a transition from childhood to youth — not quite an adult, but not a child either. In a group of their peers, as well as through a one-on-one connection with an adult mentor, youth will explore questions, ideas and themes relevant to their own spiritual growth, while also building a supportive community within their Unitarian Universalist faith and identity. The program will be facilitated by our youth coordinator (Ellen) and another experienced adult facilitator. Participants make a commitment to attend every session, registration is required, and there is a fee of $200 for the year (scholarships and sliding scale fees are available). Coming of Age youth meet twice a month, generally the first and second Sundays. Mentors for each youth will join on the first Sunday. Sessions run from 6:15 to 7:45pm.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of comprehensive sexuality education curricula developed by the UUA in partnership with the United Church of Christ. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Contact Ellen asap if your youth are interested in participating in OWL.
7/8th Grade OWL is the core offering of the OWL program, covering a wide range of topics including anatomy and physiology, gender identity and expression, sexuality and social media, and responsible sexual behavior (consent, contraception, decision-making, and more). The sessions are scheduled approximately two to three times per month, and include 13 sessions that cover a single workshop and 4 retreats where we will cover multiple workshops. The single-workshop sessions will be on Sunday afternoons from 4:00-5:45pm, and retreats will be from 6:00pm on Fridays to 3:00pm on Saturdays; the program begins in late September and continues through April.
11/12th Grade OWL is an opportunity for high schoolers to return to and refine many of the issues and ideas that are considered in 7/8th Grade OWL; it is wonderful if participants did 7/8th grade OWL, but not required. This program empowers youth to make thoughtful decisions as they mature into young adulthood, and helps them develop more nuance in areas like consent, communication, healthy relationships, and sexual expression. This class will meet twice each month on Sunday evenings from 6:15-7:45pm, from September until April.
If you are connected with BVUUF, you can register here: https://goo.gl/forms/l5UEo5WwqivA0eLn2
If you are connected with UUCB, you can register here: https://uucb.breezechms.com/form/UUCB_RE_2018-19
District & Regional Opportunities for High School Youth:
October 19-21, Fall Con at First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City – Registration and more info here. Bus transportation is available from First Universalist in Denver. Deadline to register is October 7. Contact Jessy Hennesy with questions.
November 9-11, Leadership Development Con at First Universalist in Denver – More information available here. Participants must apply to attend by October 21. Contact Jessica Laikeman with questions about the program.
January 19-21, MLK Con at First Unitarian Society of Denver
February 8-10, Worship Arts Training at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden
April 12-14, Spring/Bridging Con at Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins