This Week in RE 4.7.19

“I was brought up to believe that how I saw myself was more important than how others saw me”.  ~Anwar Sadat

Hello Families,

It’s time for the weekly blast out from RE.  This is a fun way for you to engage your kids in faith development for the benefit of both them and you!  I encourage you to ask your kids open ended questions about what they are doing in RE and to wonder with them about the mystery and the awe of the universe.

Upcoming Events:

  • Family Potluck this Saturday 4-6 pm. Bring a dish to share. There will be activities and games for everyone. Please RSVP for table counts at
  • K-2 OWL continues during RE time. Please remember OWL will end at 11:45.
  • Mystery Pals begins April 7th.  Kids will be matched with a Mystery Pal (Parents will know Identity of Pal) for the month of April.  Each week the pair trade a note about themselves.  On May 5th, after church we will have a reveal party to find out and meet our Mystery Pal. Please fill out Mystery Pal form at the RE table to participate.
  • April 21st – Flower Communion, Potluck, Easter Egg Hunt & Games
    • Remember to bring your Easter Basket & Flowers for each member of the family.

**More information about the Mystery Pals program can be found on the church website under the Learning tab or in the church newsletter.

**Last week we began K-2 OWL, which is facilitated by Annabelle, Debbie, & Erin. We have 9 owlets. Yippee! OWL is held during the RE hour but with an ending time of 11:45 instead of 11:30. This class will be held in the Spirit Explorers room. All Spirit Explorers & Spirit Players not in OWL, along with visitors will combine into one class which will be held in the Spirit Play room. **

 Gentle reminders to please pick up your children from the RE classrooms after service and be mindful of child supervision. Thank you.

This week’s RE lessons:

Youth (6th-12th) Participate in Worship-

“It’s not a card, it’s a whole deck: How racism hurts us all”.  Teens are asked to grab a snack and meet Jasmine and I at the playground table for a 10-15 minute debrief discussion about the service.

Spirit Seekers: (3rd-5th) URUU: Our 3rd Source- Jewish & Christian Teachings

Facilitator: Chris Jarman

Today’s session is about the Third source of UU inspiration: Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. Simple summary: Jewish and Christian love — Golden Rule.

URUU CHALLENGE: Have you memorized our 7 Principles?  Let Chris know to take the Principles Challenge and earn your Promise Keeper Badge!

OWL (Our Whole Lives): (K-2): Spirit Explorers Room

Facilitators: Annabelle Gallois-Bernos, Debbie Atkins, Erin Rogers

Spirit Players & Explorers (PK-2): Spirit Play Room

Facilitator: Amanda Seng

Door Keeper: Mary Hamilton

Lesson: The Tailor, a story of a wise and thrifty man.

Aviolet story- Interdependent Web of Life -Unitarian Universalists value the interdependent web of which we are a part. That means we try to appreciate our environment and live in harmony with it, using resources wisely.

Wondering Questions:

  • I wonder if you have ever seen or heard any of this before?
  • I wonder which part of this story is the most important?
  • I wonder which part you like the best?
  • I wonder where you might be in this story?
  • I wonder which garment he liked the best?  (Take out each piece in order and place them around the tailor.  Name each piece as you put it down.)
  • I wonder what it was like for the tailor to make beautiful clothes for other people, but not be able to afford beautiful clothes for himself?
  • I wonder what this story has to do with your life?
  • I wonder if there is a part of the story that we could leave out and still have a story?
  • I wonder what the word recycle means to you?
  • I wonder what the word recycle meant to the tailor?
  • I wonder if you have ever made something out of the pieces left from something else?
  • I wonder if this lesson reminds you of any of our other Unitarian Universalist Promises?
  • I wonder where the Spirit of Love and Mystery might be in this story?

See you Sunday!