April 2017

APRIL FAMILY FUN –

Sunday, April 16 – Easter
Join us following the Sunday morning service on April 16, for the Fellowship’s annual Easter Potluck Brunch, and Easter Egg Hunt. Kids are invited to eat first and then gather in the Jupiter room for the start of egg hunting at about 12:15. If you’ve never seen the egg hunt – we do things a little different. The hunt is not a free-for-all egg grab. Instead, each plastic egg has a letter sticker on it and kids hunt for the secret word (SPRING). Once they’ve found their six eggs they exchange them for a wide selection of fun Easter trinkets. Each age group has a specific area in which to search. Older kids have to really hunt for their eggs all the way up the hill. Younger kids have an easier time of it around the flat areas. Teens are encouraged to assist the younger children. It’s always fun and no one goes home disappointed.

Saturday, April 22 – Pride Parade
Please join us for the Annual Little Apple Pride Parade. Let’s show the greater community that UUFM is here and supports the LGBTQ community!

March with UUFM: Be A Beacon … We need kids to help hold signs, ride bikes, and be colorful. We’ll have lots of colorful crepe paper streamers to decorate bikes, trikes, wagons, and strollers. Parade details are still coming together, but we’ll gather at the soon-to-be-designated location at about 10:00 am. The parade starts at 10:30. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and colorful clothing.

Watch and Cheer: Those who prefer to show their support by cheering for those marching can gather at City Park along 11th Street, near Johnny Kaw. Bring your folding chairs and line the street at 10:45 a.m. After the parade passes you can join it and march toward the pavilion or catch a ride for the final festivities. I’ll be shuttling anyone who wants a ride so give me a call and we can coordinate. Bring your friends. The more the merrier!

PARENT NIGHT OUT/KID NIGHT IN –
Our next Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) gathers on Friday, April 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Fellowship. Parent Night Out is designed for children from 3 to 12 years old who can toilet on their own with minimal assistance. We watch a movie, have some popcorn, and games and art projects are available.  A $5 per child contribution helps us cover expenses. Supper is NOT served at Parent Night Out so please be sure your kids are fed before arriving. This is an RSVP event and space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, April 6, so that supplies and volunteers can be gathered.

SUMMER PLANNING –
It’s coming! It’s coming! The summer program is coming! Once again our RE students will travel around the world, learning new skills along the way, without ever leaving Kansas. Every week a new host from the Fellowship will take them on a “tour” of a far-away place, new skill, imaginary or real life destination. UUFM World Travelers are looking for you. Our students would love to visit with you on a Sunday morning and learn all about one of your passions. Do you enjoy bird watching? Share your passion! Do you love to cook? Share your passion! Have you been on a cruise? Share the adventure with our children! A sampling of past “journeys” include: a trip through the Milky Way Galaxy, a search through the Amazon, a journey to Laos complete with Laos “bingo” as a learning tool, exploration of cave art, the world of bees, a tour of PIZZA! Got a seed of an idea? Tell me and together we’ll turn it into a whole program. It’s easy–just ask a few of the folks who have done it in the past: Tom and Monta Manney, Dick Beeman, Larry Weaver, Ken Embers, Charley Kempthorne, Sylvia Beeman, Mike Bonella, Brice Hobrock, Scott Tanona, Lily Colburn, Matt Campbell, Susan Adamchak … Let’s add your name to the list! If you’d like to host a “tour” or just help out as an extra adult in the room, please let me know. We have lots of slots to fill and always welcome volunteers.

 

 

 

 

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Summer 2016

Summer is here and we’re shifting gears.
All students meet together throughout the summer months. This gives our older students an opportunity to mentor the younger students and the younger kids love being around the older students – win, win!  We continue to staff the nursery and there may be a time or two where the older kids are peeled away from the larger group for a special project.

Summer schedule:
June 5: Tour of Bug Hotels (Sylvia Beeman)
June 12: Tour of all things bouncy (Sandy Nelson)
June 19: Tour of more insects in the world (Tom Phillips)
June 26: Tour of Iceland (Mark Clarke)

July 3: Tour of Japan (Sabrina Bowker)
July 10: Tour of Water at Pillsbury Crossing
July 17: Tour of Games and Puzzles (Sandy Nelson)
July 24: Tour of Maps (Eli Martinson)
July 31: Tour of Ancient Rome/Toga Party! (Brice Hobrock)

August 7: Tour of Italy (Christopher Renner)
August 14: Tour of Finland (Ellen Meyer)
August 21: Tour of Galapagos Islands (Diane Barker)
August 28: Tour of Europe (Elke Lorenz)

September 4: Welcome Home Party
September 11: Annual Musicale

Summer Social Action
Volunteering teaches even toddlers and preschoolers about compassion, empathy, tolerance, gratitude, and community responsibility.  Kids realize that small things they do can make a big difference. So, we have lots of opportunities this summer for helping others.

JUNE: Summerfest volunteers (6th grade and up)  10-12 volunteers needed

JULY: The Second Helping helpers (any age, but under 8 must be accompanied by a parent)  4-8 volunteers

AUGUST: The Second Helping bakers (any age, but under 5 must be accompanied by a parent) 2-6 volunteers per Saturday

Sign up online here: summer social action

 

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Fall/Winter 2015-16

As autumn ends our UU children have been reflecting on discussions about our Jewish and Christian heritage in their classes. Winter brings a short break from regular classes as we celebrate the holidays.

7th-10th grade class  – Students are enjoying the Neighboring Faiths curriculum. Field trips have included First Congregational Church, Manhattan Mennonite Church, Manhattan Jewish Congregation, St. Isidore’s, and St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

3rd-6th grade class – Students have been discussing Bible stories and relating them to Unitarian Universalism. “Question Time” is also a favorite part of class and the questions are always far ranging!

K-2nd grade class – Students have done lots of hands on exploration of Bible stories with art, play acting, and more.

Pre-K class – Pre-K kids have been familiarizing themselves with our own sacred place, the fellowship, and learning about our special UU symbols, especially the flaming chalice.

Nursery – We welcomed a new nursery attendant this fall. Megan is an education major at K-State and especially loves reading to our toddlers and infants.

(Read about all the adventures on the RE blog.)

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Summer 2015

We’ve officially begun our Summer RE programming!

What better way to start the summer than with a campfire, roasting marshmallows, and making S’mores.

All summer long our students will have new adventures as “World Travelers”.

Destinations include: Australia (with a stop at Easter Island and maybe a dip into the Pacific Ocean first), Singapore, Ecuador, Pillsbury Crossing (for a real canoe trip!), the cosmos, South Africa, Turkey, and more!

Did you know it’s the International Year of Light? We’ll also explore light, bug houses, kite making, and reconnect with last year’s beehive.

Lots of excitement is on the horizon. We hope you can join us.

Popcorn Theology

On most Fridays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. the teens (7th grade and up) are invited to explore issues of theology and ethics through film. Popcorn Theology is a multi-session curriculum built around popular movies on issues of theological and ethical relevance to Unitarian Universalist youth. Movies are PG or PG-13. You must RSVP to DRE@uufm.net by Thursday noon.

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May

Spring has sprung and we’re already looking forward to summer!

We start the month of May with lots of sharing…

On May 4 all classes share a little about what they’ve learned in their school-year lessons about World Religions and even share a special hands-on project for adults and children alike. There will be reading, singing, and maybe even some dancing!

Throughout the month we’ll wrap up our lessons and start getting ready for the summer World Travelers curriculum.

May 24 we’ll have some super family fun and meet at the church in the morning to plant our garden. Be ready to dig in the dirt! Bring a sack lunch so we can all picnic in the yard.

Coming up… June 1 will be our big Bon Voyage party! Lots of fun, games, food, and fellowship as we set sail on a summer full of adventures.

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Fall 2013

It’s Winter and our UU children are enjoying the World Religions curriculum.

7th-9th grade class  – Marisa Larson and Ken and Pat Embers have been meeting with these students and are discussing various aspects of Far Eastern religions with an emphasis on Buddhism.

3rd-6th grade class – Students have been discussing Earth  Religions and their connections with nature and Native American viewpoints.

K-2nd grade class – Students have been easing into the World Religions curriculum with discussions about sacred places.

Pre-K class – Pre-K kids have been familiarizing themselves with our own sacred place, the fellowship, and learning about our special UU symbols, especially the flaming chalice.

Nursery – Infants and toddlers have been busy exploring with all their senses. Toys feel good and taste good! Story books look and sound wonderful. And all the kids smell delightful.

(Read about all the adventures on the RE blog.)

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Summer 2013

It’s Summer and our UU children are enjoying the UU World Travelers curriculum.

All grades are combined during the summer and each Sunday we are visited by a guest Tour Guide.

Summer adventures include…

June – tours of Hawaii, Pillsbury Crossing, campfires, and food

July – tours of sound, storytelling, nature, and dance

August – tours of water, art, and music

(Read about all the adventures on the RE blog.)

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It’s Winter and our UU children are drinking in the warmth of the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.

(If you sing the principles to the tune of “Do-Re-Mi”, I promise you’ll know them as well as all the kids.)

1-Each person is worthwhile  (September’s focus)

2-Be kind in all you do  (October’s focus)

3-We help each other learn  (November’s focus)

4-Search for what is true  (January’s focus)

5-All people have a say  (February’s focus)

6-Work for a peaceful world  (March’s focus)

7-The web of life’s the way  (April’s focus)

 

 

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It’s hard to believe, but the end of summer is within sight. Those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to directly participate in the “UU World Travelers” religious education program may not know all the wonderful things the students have been learning or how the program works.

Here’s a quick synopsis … The students are sung out of the sanctuary and gather in the Jupiter Room. We light a chalice and each child is given the opportunity to share during “joys and concerns.” This is an important part of each Sunday as our younger members find their voice in this mostly adult-centered institution.

At the conclusion of joys and concerns that day’s volunteer “tour guide” is introduced and s/he shares information about a particular “destination.” Often times that destination has been a real place.

This summer we’ve carpooled to Tom and Monta Manney’s homestead, we’ve toured the UUFM kitchen, camped in the UUFM back yard, and will soon head to the Community Gardens. Students learned about Japan via photos, food, and origami. They experienced Mt Olympus via stories of Zeus, Athena, Hercules, Achilles, and other Greek gods. They enjoyed Morocco via photos, food, and donning traditional Moroccan clothing; and London via language, sports, and tea and crumpets.

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June

This month we take off on our summer World Traveler adventures. On Friday, June 1st, we kick off our summer of travel with a travel-themed Parents’ Night Out. Then we’ll have a Bon Voyage party for all of our travelers on June 3rd. The next three Sundays we’ll visit the Manney’s property, camp out and canoe, and take a “trip” to Japan with the McKees. Grab your passports and come join us!

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