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"All the Colors"
Date: May 31, 2015, 10 a.m. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Brooks, Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig and Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. Description: Worship service for all ages and Volunteer & Teacher Appreciation Sunday and Flower Celebration. Sometimes we're so busy looking into the distance that we fail to notice the beauty around us.This weekend we mindfully embrace the present moment, noticing all the ways in which members of the UUCF community embrace, encourage and support one another. Today, 6th graders transitioning into the Youth program receive special recognition. Everyone who can is invited to bring a flower to give new life to the UU tradition of the flower celebration. Music: Chorale, Children's Choir, Youth Choir Monthly theme: Bloom. Religious Exploration: No RE. Child care available for ages 2-10.
"The Power of Interpretation"
Date: Jun. 7, 2015, 10 a.m. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Brooks Description: Music: Catalin Dima. Religious Exploration: Summer RE begins. Nursery available from birth to age 3.
“Whirling around in a circle and signing every word of the song”
by Melissa Campos-Poehnert. I’m relatively new to UUCF. My family attended our first service in fall 2013 when our daughter was not quite a year old. I remember feeling that the UUCF community was a place I wanted to be because it was clear that the needs of families were considered and responded to. My need at that time was to know that my daughter was in a safe space (the well-staffed and very clean Nursery), so I could fully engage myself in the service. When I learned that the Religious Exploration program at UUCF included children from age 2 through high school, I was intrigued by this comprehensive approach that considered the development and learning potential of early childhood. Being a mom to a toddler, I understand the importance of early childhood education. The fact that UUCF recognizes its importance and has developed a curriculum to support it made me want to get involved in teaching it. When I met Suzanne Leonard, her enthusiasm and knowledge about the 2s&3s class and the RE program in general gave me the confidence to commit to teaching during the 2014-15 year. I became part of a team of seven teachers. In addition to the 2s&3s curriculum, two teacher trainings provided opportunities to learn and plan with my team and eat really good food. (Homemade waffles were served at one training.) On the first day of class, we had a large group of students and a few parent volunteers. As we guided the children to clean up after free play and gather on the carpet for our circle song, I could feel my tolerance for disorder being stretched. We eventually got everyone holding hands in a circle or at least standing next to each other. The next step was to sing and move. When we finished Suzanne said to me, “By the end of the year, these kids will be whirling around in a circle and singing every word of the song.” As we approach the last day of this year’s RE program, I have to say that I’m happy it’s not really over because summer RE begins in just a few weeks, and I am looking forward to continuing to teach. And yes, the children do whirl around and laugh with delight as they sing the words to “The More We Get Together.”