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February 2017 Religious Education Notes

altEfforts continue to refresh and rejuvenate our RE spaces. This spring, we are focusing on possibly the biggest and best of our RE facilities, the playground. In past CYREC meetings, we have discussed the value of art in children’s spaces and debated the various ways we could include it in our plans for the playground. We knew we wanted to involve local artists and we knew we wanted the piece to be interactive. We tossed around ideas of child-friendly sculpture, painted fence panels, even hand-crafted paving stones.

After getting board approval, we have decided on a wildlife mural, designed and painted by local artist Lyssa Bowen. Her vision is to incorporate native Florida plants and animals into the piece in a seek-and-find style while still maintaining its natural ascetic integrity. We feel this addition will provide our youth with a sense of pride in their space, something that is uniquely theirs.

This piece is entirely original and designed with them in mind. It promotes cooperation, as older children help the younger find the hidden animals and name unknown wildlife. It aligns with the teachings of Maria Montessori, that places where children learn should be beautiful. Speaking to the wider congregation, the mural provides an iconic landmark, much like the fountain or labyrinth, and since it can be viewed from the path to the memory garden, it can be enjoyed at all times even when the playground itself is closed.

The mural speaks to our larger mission. Supporting our community by using a local artist with roots in Gainesville and Ocala. Connecting with nature through art and intergenerational education. Providing beauty to be enjoyed by all. Forever seeking out the opportunity to learn.

We hope that you are as excited about our new addition as we are.

In Fellowship,

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Children's Education

Way Cool Sunday School” model, a model which emphasizes the importance of community and experience alongside curriculum learning. We begin each Sunday in the sanctuary to share in the first part of worship together.  This is an important ritual for our young people.  The exposure to liturgy is important for learning what our rituals are.  The shared worship experience with families allows them to connect on Sunday mornings in an inspiring and uplifting manner.  The experience of being together says to the children that they are valued and have a place in the congregation.  Children need that sense of belonging, don’t we all?

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Children's Sunday

Overview of Programming

Each week we offer creative and vibrant programming for children and youth. We believe that people of all ages deserve personal respect and compassionate community. Each person has intellectual and spiritual gifts to cultivate and explore. We offer nursery and preschool care, as well as classes and programming for those in kindergarten through high school.

On Sunday Morning

Each week, children and youth attend the beginning of the worship service. Twice a month they attend regular Sunday School classes, where they get to know their peer groups and learn about Unitarian Universalist ethics, values and history.

Once a month they collaborate with other children and youth on a Helping Hands justice project. We might learn about and label trees on our congregational campus one month. Another month, we might create care packages for children in families hosted by the homeless shelter supported by our congregation.

Once a month, children and youth remain in the sanctuary for a multigenerational worship service. (Nursery and preschool care is always available.)

Our youth group plans their own projects, such congregational Halloween parties and out of town trips.

Call ahead for specific scheduling information or just come! Visitors are always welcome.

Community Building

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Religious Education Registration

All children and adolescents involved in any Religious Education program at UUFG, including Youth Group, must have a current, updated, registration form filled out and on file.

A new registration form needs to be filled out annually or whenever a child’s living situation changes. Any time new people wish to attend UUFG Religious Education classes, they can register.

Parents, children and youth do NOT need to be members of UUFG to register for and participate in UUFG Religious Education and Youth Group programs.



 

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