- What is QUUilt?
- How to connect with QUUilt
- QUUilt this month
- QUUilt classes
- QUUilt volunteer opportunities
In these times of isolation, stress and uncertainty, meaningful connection can recenter and re-engergize us. QUUilt, UUCF’s new take on RE, aims to emphasize Connection over Content by engaging children, families and adults in religious community through fun and fellowship.
QUUilt is a fresh approach to Religious Exploration for these extraordinary times.
QUUilt goes beyond a traditional framework of Religious Education for children by embracing lifelong learning at UUCF and supporting parents, children, youth, adult learners, teachers and volunteers in a connected community.
Sunday morning classes and high school and middle school group activities will continue (virtually), of course. But these “patches” of content are now joined with other new opportunities for connection.
New QUUilt Opportunities for Connection
- Family story time
- Parent conversation groups
- A middle school book club
- Online game nights for 4th-6th graders
- Staff-supported RE at Home.
Possible other new patches include Adult Program classes and small groups geared for parents and young adults and collaboration on activities with other UU congregations like Cedar Lane and River Road, and engaging in justice work at UUCF.
Information on opportunities for connection are shown below and will be shared in the weekly QUUilt Community UUpdate, along with links to register children for online RE classes and to sign up for activities. If you’ve been receiving weekly RE UUpdates, you are all set. If not, sign up here. For questions about QUUilt, contact Director of Religious Exploration Diana Tycer. For middle or high school programs, please contact Courtney Firth.
Come wrap yourself in the warmth of community. Get involved in QUUilt!
- Host a family story time session
- Join a parent conversation group
- Register your child for an RE class
- Be a parent helper in an RE class
- Do RE at Home with your children
- Join Family CartUUns night on Fridays
- Volunteer as a chaperone for an online MS or HS event
- Take an Adult Programs class
- Encourage your youth to attend MS and HS events
- Engage in justice work at UUCF as a family unit
May Message from the Director of Religious Exploration
The biweekly RE classes wrap up this month. Final classes are on Sun., May 23. I’d like to thank all those who taught this year. Your commitment to the children and youth of our congregation is appreciated by all.
Summer RE begins Jun. 6, and classes will resume a weekly schedule at that time. Summer classes are held in June and August. No classes are held in July. RE classes will remain virtual for the summer. Three multi-age curricula will be offered for students in grades Kindergarten through High School. Details are below.
The RE Committee transitions next month as Michelle Danis steps down after 2 years. Thank you Michelle for your support and guidance, especially through this challenging year. I am pleased to welcome three new RE Committee members: Marcia Simpkins, Michelle James and Becky LoveKing. I look forward to collaborating with you in the months ahead.
The 4th-5th grade used book drive was extremely successful. Five carloads of books were donated to Better World Books to foster literacy. Thank you Jackie, Kurt and Elena Siebert, Dillon Ginley, Marcia Tugendhat, Kathy Smerke Hochberg and Hailey Hochberg for working on this event and thank you families for your book donations.
Are you able to teach RE next year? As the congregation takes steps toward reopening, the RE staff needs input from parents and other adults in the congregations to gauge our ability to offer in-person RE classes. If you have any thoughts about teaching in September, please take this RE Teacher Interest Survey to provide information on your interests and availability. Taking the survey does not commit you to teaching, but it will help us with planning.
|Sun. May 16 at 9:00 AM||Children's Chapel|
|Sun. May 16 at 11:15 AM||High School Group|
|Tue. May 18 at 6:30 PM||Youth-Adult Committee|
|Fri. May 21 at 4:00 PM||4th-6th Grade Online Gaming Group|
|Sat. May 22 at 7:00 PM||High School Youth Group|
|Fri. Sep 3 at 12:00 AM||All-Congregation Retreat||Big Meadows Lodge & Campground|
This Month in RE
In May the High School will meet for fellowship and fun and to say goodbye to the graduating seniors. The Middle School will complete their study of Buddhism. The 6th Grade will wrap up their study of the African American experience in Virginia. The 4th & 5th grade class will finish their discussion of illiteracy and will report on the results of their take-action project. Grades 2 & 3 and K & 1 classes will explore the monthly worship theme of Story, focusing on family stories that shape us and stories of the fight for racial justice that has shaped our country. Preschool children will continue to develop friendships with their songs, stories and online play.
Families new to UUCF – enroll your children in RE classes here.
May 2021 RE Class Schedule
Sundays, May 9 & 23
- 9 a.m. – Hello Friends (ages 2 – 5)
- 9 a.m. – Chapel & Soul Matters for Kindergarten/Grade 1
- 9 a.m. – Harry and UU (Grades 4 & 5)
- 10 a.m. – Worship Service
- 11 a.m. – Soul Matters (Grades 2 & 3)
- 11 a.m. – Inclusive VA History (Grade 6)
- 11 a.m. – Crossing Paths (Middle School)
Sun., May 16
- 9 a.m. – Children’s Chapel
- 10 a.m. – Worship Service
- 11:15 a.m. – High School Youth Group
Sun., May 31
- 10 a.m. Worship Service
May QUUILT Calendar Reminders for Ongoing Groups
Parent Conversation Group #1 meets Mon., May 24, 7 p.m.
Parent Conversation Group # 2 meets Wed., May 19, 7 p.m.
4th-6th Grade Gamers meet Fri., May 21, 4-5 p.m.
HS Youth Group meets Sat., May 22, 7-9 p.m.
Youth-Adult Committee meets Tue., May 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
For information about these ongoing groups, please contact Diana Tycer.
All UUCF families are invited to join a new Family Hiking Group. Explore NOVA parks and trails while connecting with other UUCF adults, youth and children. The group meets about once a month on weekends at varying dates and times for easy, kid-friendly hiking in the 3-4 mile range. Contact Robin Wilson, Gary Goodson or Laura […]