Family Ministry, June 2018

A Call for Volunteers

Hi, I’m Alejandra. I’m 16 and I’ve been coming to UUCB for 10 years. This Church is important to me because I think it can be a place where we can come to learn more about ourselves and each other. It is a place where I have made many friends and helped the people in our community with events like the food drive. Being a part of this community has helped me realize how much potential we have to create positive changes in the world around us. With things like RE classes, I have been able to learn from my friends and the RE teachers what being a UU is all about. I have learned a lot from my RE teachers and I hope they have learned from us, the youth.

You don’t have to have teaching experience to be an RE teacher. You just need to love the youth and want to be a part of their church experience. We would appreciate it very much if you would volunteer to be an RE teacher and if you are interested in teaching RE in the fall, please contact Merrin Clough (merrin@uucb.org). Thank you!

Summer Religious Education

During June and August the children and youth will explore the church. We will meet some of the people who make UUCB a loving and principled spiritual community. Each Sunday leaders from different areas of the church will offer a session for the young people. We’ll connect with some groups in the church that the children don’t often meet like pastoral care, membership, social justice, and of course the well-loved snack table! With each session we’ll get a sense of how these different groups contribute to the life of the church. We’ll also make a gift for each ministry area we get to know. This is a multi-age class is for young people 5 to 15 years old. Childcare will be available for younger children in the nursery. Older youth are also welcome to join us, or attend worship. The class will meet during the 11 am worship service in the Family Ministry office.

During the month of July all of the young people will meet in the nursery space. We’ll have UU focused art activities for the older children to do. Everyone will be welcome to explore and play in the lovely garden and play areas.

Rethinking Youth Ministry

In early May we had a Youth Visioning Overnight. A small core of youth leaders and advisors came together to reimagine the direction of our youth programs for middle and high schoolers. We asked what we might do to make our youth ministry more fun and meaningful.

The group drafted a vision statement that we’ll soon unveil, after honing the language. We also made suggestions for special events, some changes to Sunday morning youth groups, and group norms that we need to cultivate to improve our youth ministry. Over the last month we’ve gathered input on these ideas from a broader group of youth and advisors.

Over the summer the Youth Adult Team will create a calendar of events for the upcoming church year. The advisor team soon will begin working more closely together to cultivate those group norms to strengthen and deepen our programs. Our hope is to make a fresh start in September that will reinvigorate our youth community and provide more of what they need to navigate our wild and wonderful world.