Most Unitarian Universalist congregations have child dedication ceremonies for infants and children. This special ritual is a blessing for the new life within our community, an expression of the hopes of the parents, and a promise by the congregation to support and nurture the child in its spiritual life. Our next Child Dedication will be Sunday, December 18. Please contact Rev. Joan at ucm.revjoan @gmail.com or Liza Earle-Centers, Acting DRE ucm.dre @gmail.com if you’d like more information and/or you’d like your child to be a part of such a dedication ceremony. Please let us know by Dec. 9. Keep your eye out for announcements about another dedication ceremony in the spring, if this date does not work for your family.
UCM Youth Group
This year our youth group is open to 9-12th graders and any 8th graders who have completed UCM’s Coming of Age program. We meet once a month and are currently planning on attending the UUA’s New England Regional Assembly in April. The upcoming meeting is Sun. Dec. 18, 6-8pm at the church.
2016-2017 Religious Education Registration is Open
Please register your child(ren) if they are participating in any religious education programming during this church year. We need a new one each year, for each child: babies who may try the nursery through 12th graders. It’s quick and easy and helps us meet their needs and yours. Thank you!
Other RE resources:
- Calendar of UCM Religious Education 2016-2017
- Most Sundays are “RE Sundays” meaning after a little time in the sanctuary, the congregation sings the RE students and teachers out (pre-K – 5th graders to the Children’s Chapel (aka “The Green Rug” while 6th-8th graders exit the back of the sanctuary to the Bell Tower room).
- We have five Sundays that are ‘multigen.’ Multi-generational worship includes an order of service geared toward engaging all ages in the sanctuary together. These are fun and special services (see FAQ below)!
- During school vacation weeks, many families are out of town and we don’t have enough kids for separate RE classes. So we have ‘RE one room schoolhouse’ in which we try to dynamic activities for pre-school – 8th graders all together in the Children’s Chapel. This is usually led by the DRE or another guest facilitator and the RE teachers can have a day off. Help from willing parents is very welcomed on these “one room” days!