Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Breakfast Chats: Parent feedback meetings

Our Director of Religious Education Advisory Council is in the process of beginning to collect feedback from adults with kids and youth in the Religious Education program.  We will be holding "Breakfast Chats" before church on Sundays throughout January and February (see the schedule below).  Each Sunday's Breakfast Chat will be facilitated by a member of the DRE Advisory Council and will gather feedback from a different class group.  One week we will host adults with children in the nursery, one week for adults of children in our preschool and kindergarten class, etc. for each of our five Sunday morning groups.  Adults with children in more than one class can choose whichever meeting works best with their schedule or attend multiple meetings.

These meetings are for the adults who bring children and youth to church, be they parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles or just family friends. Y'all are welcome!

The schedule will be as follows (all meetings will be 9:45 am to 10:45 am Sunday mornings and will meet in the downstairs RE classrooms):

Jan. 4: Adults of youth
Jan. 11: Adults of Nursery children
Jan. 25: Adults of children in the Spirit Play class
Feb. 8: Adults of children in the Explorers class (1st-6th)
Feb. 22: Adults of children in the Sprouts class (PK-K)

Questions will include some variation on the following:

• What are the strengths of our RE program?
• When do you and your child(ren) feel most engaged in our church?
• What are your hopes and goals for RE for you and for your child(ren)?
• What else/more would you like us to be doing in our RE program?

Please RSVP to Becky so that we know how much food to make and what the appropriate childcare needs will be.  If you have feedback to share but cannot attend the meetings, please contact Becky or any member of the DRE Advisory Council (Laura Laing, Rebecca Wald or Paula Franklin). 

We look forward to your feedback!  See you there!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thank You for Your Generosity!

We are pleased to report that we raised $574.60 during the offering at the early Christmas Eve service this year. Half of this money will go towards First Unitarian's ongoing cooking project for Our Daily Bread.  The other half will benefit the Heifer project.  We raised enough money to buy a goat, a sheep and two flocks of chicks for a family who needs them!

If you would like to contribute to either or both of these projects but didn't get the chance on Christmas Eve, you can give by doing the following:

First Unitarian Church's Our Daily Bread Cooking Project: send a check to the church at 1 W. Hamilton St., Baltimore MD 21201, with "Our Daily Bread Project" in the memo line.

Heifer Project: Visit to choose a gift from their online catalog.

Thank you!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Pageant Video

Thank you to everyone who participated in making this year's early Christmas Eve service a treasured event for the whole community.  Nearly one hundred people attended this service, recently added to First Unitarian's Christmas Eve repertoire just three years ago.  The star of this year's worship service was our Christmas Pageant.  To everyone who helped make it happen, from our young actors, to our musicians, to parent volunteers who made costumes, props and sets, many thanks!

Below is our sole performance of "The Friendly Beasts," by Rebecca Wald.  To download the video, visit Vimeo.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2008

No RE or Childcare this Sunday, Dec. 28

Be advised that there will be no Religious Education classes or childcare this Sunday, Dec. 28.  

Children are welcome to join the adults in the worship service, which will be a hymn sing.  Books, coloring pages and pipe cleaners to play with are also available in the children's corner of the sanctuary.

Please join us again for an all-ages activity next Sunday, January 4.  Regular RE classes will resume Jan. 11.  

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Special Events, Dec. 7

December is upon us, let the craziness ensue!

Our schedule this Sunday is packed with activity for the children and youth of First Unitarian:

9:45 - 10:45 am (downstairs classrooms)
Christmas Pageant Rehearsals; donuts for kids who arrive on time!

11 am - 12:30 pm (education wing)
Worship together in the sanctuary, then RE classes
• This Sunday the Explorers class will welcome a guest speaker from the Maryland Food Bank, Shanna Yetman. Please remember to bring canned food donations to benefit our hungry neighbors and friends.  The Explorers have created a collection box to be found on the portico before church and in the social hall during coffee hour. 
• Other classes will meet as usual.

12:45 - 1:45 pm (youth room)
Youth Adult Committee (YAC) Meeting; lunch provided!

12:45 - 1:45 pm
InFESTers Winterfest rehearsals (peace chapel); lunch provided!

Also after the service this Sunday, don't forget to stop by the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall to do some Holiday Shopping at our annual Holiday Bazaar!

See y'all on Sunday!