Exploring Diversity: On the Path to Understanding
The RE programming this year will include Coming of Age for senior youth, OWL for 7-9 graders, Spirit Play, and activities on the Diversity Topics.
Church school will have a different feel this year. There will still be a Spirit Play classroom for the Preschool-1st grade. This room will be led by Kathy K. and her team of Spirit Play teachers. Other children will have an option to join the Spirit Play room if they want to for a Sunday.
From 2nd grade up, the children will assemble in the Supper Room and hear the choices for that Sunday. The activities will relate to the Diversity Topic that the whole church is discussing (see more about the Diversity initiative by visiting our page “Exploring Diversity: On the Path to Understanding“). There will also be an option for a play (looking for the Jr/Sr youth to assist and join in) during the topic that will be staged at the end of the topic. Two other options related to the Diversity Topic will be available for the children each Sunday. Children will choose the group they want to join each Sunday.
The first Diversity Topic is Ability. The RE Consulting Team for Ability: Don B., Ann E., Amy M., and Maggie B. have been working with the Ability Topic Team and The Interim Minister Transition Team to formulate church school activities that relate to Ability.
OWL (Our Whole Lives) continues to be an engaging program for 7th and 8th graders. In this program, human sexuality is discussed fully and honestly and from a spiritual perspective. This is offered every-other year, and will take place this 2017-2018 church school year.
Looking to Help?
If you are interested in working with the children during the diversity-related activities or being part of the RE Consulting Team for the next Diversity Topic, please contact TransitionTeams [at] MelroseUU [dot] org
The Senior Youth, Junior Youth, and Elementary children have a variety of activities and classes that you can volunteer for. It is suggested that newcomers wait a year before volunteering, to allow the parents opportunities to connect with other MUUC adults and feel at home here, before becoming involved in the R.E. program. It also allows your children to develop friendships of their own!