March 2019

The Our Whole Lives (OWL) program for 4th – 6th grade students is in full swing. On Sunday mornings before the service we have a class of seven 5th & 6th graders (9:00-10:15). After the service we have a class of ten 4th graders (12:30-1:45). Seventeen kids in all! Classes continue through April 7. Next winter we plan to offer the OWL class for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade.  If you have a student in that age group contact Sandy Nelson for information.

We’re very excited to be hosting an OWL teacher-training event this coming June 28-30. It will be for the elementary curriculum (K-1 and 4-6) and full funding is available through UUFM for registration. Here’s the link to register: (Even if you never lead an OWL class, the training alone will be illuminating.) Also, we’d like to be able to offer the out-of-town participants in-home hospitality (since hotels can get expensive). If you have a spare bedroom that you would be willing to offer that weekend, please let Sandy know.

This quarter is the time when elementary classes begin a focus on world religions in addition to the monthly themes. We hope to explore Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and more. (4th quarter is the Summer Travelers program and then we start over. 1st quarter is Unitarian Universalism. 2nd quarter is Our Jewish and Christian Heritage.)

UUFM is looking for musical kids to play quiet music from 10:35 to 10:45 prior to service as people are entering the building and mingling. This is a perfect opportunity for young musicians to practice performing in a low pressure, supportive environment. Contact Renae or Sandy if you’re interested.

Yoga+Donuts happens on the first Sunday of every month at First Congregational church at 700 Poyntz. Winter is a great time to practice mindfulness, make new friends, and enjoy healthy physical activity indoors. Classes are led by a team of trained teachers and are free and open to the public. Donations to defray the cost of this public service are welcome. Caregivers are welcome to stay to observe or drop their kids and enjoy a free hour. More information and registration available on the Shining Light Yoga website or from Sandy.

Remember: all children must be registered for the 2018-2019 year and registration forms are available on the RE bulletin board at the end of the hallway as well as online at:  2018-19 Registration Form

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