Zackrie Vinczen, Family Ministry Coordinator
On August 26, Family Ministry held its Fall Teacher and Advisor Training. With this event behind us, our Religious Education Teachers and Advisors are ready to start their classes. Family Ministry staff and lay leaders are still busily working to finalize all the logistics as our September 16 start date approaches. Our hope in attending to all these details is to provide another year of faith formation and meaningful engagement for children, youth, and families within the UUCB community. We also hope we have some fun along the way.
There are a few events in the months ahead that we are particularly excited about and would like to highlight. One of these events is a workshop on “Parenting & Mindful Digital Life” being offered by Susan Wansing and her colleague Claudia L’Amoreaux. This workshop will “explore the challenges of technology in our lives and how we can best support our children and teens as they live into the digital world.” It is scheduled to take place on October 6 from 10 am to 12:30 pm in the Fireside Room at UUCB.
Also, the next week, on October 14, Family Ministry and the Program Council will be hosting an All-Church Picnic from 12:15 to 3 pm. This event is a time for members of UUCB to enjoy food and fun together. We encourage everyone to attend and join in the festivities. More details will be shared as the date approaches.
Parents’ Night Out, a monthly opportunity to meet briefly with other parents and then have some time away from the kids while UUCB provides free childcare, starts up again on September 8, 4:30–8 pm.
In March of 2019 Family Ministry will be offering a K-1st Our Whole Lives sexual education class. This class makes use of age-appropriate resources to teach children about bodies, births, babies, and family structures. It is rooted in our shared UU values and seeks to affirm the agency and worth of participants. This eight-session class is scheduled to take place between March 3 and May 5 after church on Sundays. There will be an info session on February 10 for families interested in learning more about the program. Please feel free to reach out to Merrin or Zackrie in Family Ministry if you have any questions about this class.
One more update we would like to share with everyone is the decision to not offer a Coming of Age program this year. Part of this decision came about because of other changes to our youth programing that are in the works. This coupled with the time and financial resources Coming of Age requires led Family Ministry to make the decision to hold off on offering this program. We hope to be able to resume offering it in the future, but felt it was wise to focus our energies on other areas of program development this year.
For more information on any of these or other events, we encourage you to visit the Family Ministry section of the UUCB website or the church calendar. There you will find information about classes being offered and special events we have planned.