- 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
April Message from the Director of Religious Exploration
It is springtime and UUCF is bursting with beauty. I hope you can find some time to take a walk on the paths here, or sit a while in the Memorial Grove. If you participate in this month’s food drive or the book donation drive, maybe you can add some extra minutes to reconnect to the campus.
It was wonderful to see many of you during last Saturday’s campus Easter Egg hunt. I think the adults had as much fun visiting with each other as the kids did! Don’t forget we’ve got a virtual Easter Egg hunt still active for the entire month. Participants track eggs across UU church websites until they reach the end where prizes and puzzles await. There are two levels of difficulty, so all ages can join the fun. The virtual egg hunt begins here.
The Journeys of the Heart project is happening throughout April. Each day reveals a new way to engage in spiritual practice or spiritual centering. This is a simple way to introduce spirituality to all members of your family. Set aside 5 minutes daily to click on the link and experience the day’s gift together – it could be music, a craft, visual artistry, a movement activity, spoken or written word, a nature experience … there are so many wonderful ways to engage spiritually. Start your Journey of the Heart here.
Did you know that many UU congregations around the country have already adopted the 8th UU Principle? Did you know that UUCF is thinking about adopting it too? The 8th Principle states: “We covenant to affirm and promote: journeying towards spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” Where do you stand on the 8th Principle? Please complete this two-question survey about the 8th Principle at UUCF and let the Social Justice team know. Another listening session to talk about the proposed 8th principle will happen on Apr. 16.
|Sat. Apr 3 at 12:00 AM||2021 UU Virtual Easter Egg Hunt|
|Sun. Apr 18 at 11:15 AM||RE - High School|
|Tue. Apr 20 at 6:30 PM||Youth-Adult Committee|
|Wed. Apr 21 at 8:00 PM||Potomac Partnership Youth Game Night|
|Fri. Apr 23 at 4:00 PM||4th-6th Grade Online Gaming Group|
|Wed. Apr 28 at 8:00 PM||Potomac Partnership Youth Game Night|
|Fri. May 7 at 4:00 PM||4th-6th Grade Online Gaming Group|
|Fri. May 21 at 4:00 PM||4th-6th Grade Online Gaming Group|
|Fri. Sep 3 at 12:00 AM||All-Congregation Retreat||Big Meadows Lodge & Campground|
This Month in RE
In April the High School will meet for fellowship and fun – and show off their peep creativity. The Middle School will begin their study of Buddhism. The 6th Grade will continue to learn about the African American experience in North America. The 4th & 5th Grade class will learn about the problem of illiteracy and will do a book drive as their “take action” project. Grades 2 & 3 and K & 1 classes will explore the monthly worship theme of Becoming, focusing on becoming true to themselves and responsible participants in the interconnected web of all existence. The Preschool will continue to develop friendships with their songs, stories and online play. Children and youth are welcome to drop into an RE class by using the links below, even if they didn’t register for one in the fall. All your children are still enrolled in RE.
Families new to UUCF – enroll your children in RE classes here.
April 2021 RE Class Schedule
Sundays, Apr. 11 & 25
- 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., Apr. 18
- 9 a.m. – Children’s Chapel
- 10 a.m. – Worship Service
- 11:15 a.m. – High School Youth Group
April QUUILT Calendar Reminders for Ongoing Groups
Parent Conversation Group #1 meets Mondays, Apr. 12 & 26, 7 p.m.
Parent Conversation Group # 2 meets Wednesdays, Apr. 7 & 21, 7 p.m.
4th-6th Grade Gamers meet Fridays, Apr. 9 & 23, 4-5 p.m.
MS Youth Group meets Fri., Apr. 9, 7-9 p.m.
HS Youth Group meets Fri., Apr. 16, 7-9 p.m.
Youth/Adult Committee meets Tue., Apr. 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
MS Book and Anime Group meets Tue., Apr. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
For information about these ongoing groups, please contact Diana Tycer.