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June 22, 2020

Online RE- Rest Week

Happy Monday Friends,

Believe it or not, we've made it to the end of the church year! While this year has been nothing like what was planned, it has been full of surprises, joy, and learning. I'm so grateful to everyone for their support of First Church and our Religious Education program. You and your kids make our program what it is. While we are breaking for summer, activities are still virtually going on at First Church! Weekly in RE we'll still be posting Children's Chapel and Mindfulness with Amanda on our Youtube channel(https://tinyurl.com/y9z887th). Storytimes and art will continue(with a few breaks here and there) on our Facebook Group(https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/). We'll be staying active on our social media channels, like Facebook and Instagram(Did you know we have an Instagram page(https://www.instagram.com/firstuuslc/)? Outside of RE, Summer Forum has another great year planned! Visit our website(https://slcuu.org/sundays/summer-forum) for the full list of speakers!

Since this is our last week, our theme is "Rest"! Rest is so very important. Everyone needs a break, being a person is exhausting, especially for our kids. Not only are they busy all day taking in new information, but they're physically growing as well! Teaching them how to stop and rest is a skill that can serve them throughout their lifetime. Think about how many adults you know who can't "slow down". Are they the healthiest people you know? Taking a break is important, and something we need to lift up with our kids. I hope as we take some time off, you all can find rest as well!  REST WEEK Activity Plan Link

Mindfulness Monday- Looking for a way to slow everyone down at bedtime? This week's Mindfulness with Amanda is a bedtime meditation: https://youtu.be/T3lMmCe_oY8

Children's Chapel- Miss last week's Children's Chapel? View it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwgYkNCFQCQ

Thank you again, friends! Please reach out if you need anything or just want to check-in, sending much love to you all!

Peace,

Amanda Esko

Director of Religious Education

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

Online Gatherings

Monday

Scavenger Hunt: June 22, 2020, 03:30 PM

Tuesday

Lego Challenge: June 23, 2020, 03:30 PM

Wednesday

Storytime: June 24, 2020, 03:30 PM

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Thursday

Topic: Lissa's Crafty Corner

Time: June 25, 2020, 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Find this on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Friday

Watch this week's Children's Chapel online! Visit our Youtube channel for the video: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLouELW-J6FZYO7ewZ4xHGupo18gyoG87S

June 15, 2020

Online RE- Care Week

Happy Monday Friends!

This week we're building our kids empathy by focusing on caring for others. Empathy is a critical skill to foster in our kids. It's a life-long skill they need in order to have happy and healthy relationships throughout their lives.  Click HERE for a copy of this week's activities. 

On a programming note, next week will be our last week for online gatherings for RE for this church year. Some weekly content, such as Children's Chapel and Mindfulness Monday's will still be created and posted to Youtube. Subscribing to our channel(https://www.youtube.com/user/FirstUUSLC/featured?view_as=subscriber) or follow our Facebook Group page(https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/?ref=bookmarks) will give you notifications about posting and any other activities happening for First Church and RE. We're using our traditional July break to regroup and plan for RE for next year. Have thoughts on next year? Please fill out our survey and let us know!  https://forms.gle/TpVtRGKXk6VUMBdn9

Mindfulness Monday- Need 5 minutes of peace for yourself or your kids? Watch this week's Mindfulness with Amanda. We're talking floating  in a cloud! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCmUa2K_xv8

Children's Chapel- Miss last week's Children's Chapel? View it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F94XrZA6dyc

As always, I miss your faces, and I hope all is well. Please reach out with any needs that you may have

Peace,

Amanda Esko

Director of Religious Education

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

Online Gatherings

Monday

Scavenger Hunt: June 15, 2020 03:30 PM

Tuesday

Lego Challenge: June 16, 2020 03:30 PM

Wednesday

Storytime: June 17, 2020 03:30 PM

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Thursday

Topic: Lissa's Crafty Corner

Time: June 18, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Find this on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Friday

Watch this week's Children's Chapel online! Visit our Youtube channel for the video:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLouELW-J6FZYO7ewZ4xHGupo18gyoG87S

June 08, 2020

Online RE- Water Week

Good Morning Friends!

Welcome to a rainy Monday friends! This week in RE we're talking about water. The activities plan for the week is linked HERE.  Email Amanda at  for any Zoom links. Please note that Storytime on Wednesday is moving to Facebook Live only starting this week. You're all doing such a good job, keep it up!

Mindfulness Monday- Need 5 minutes of peace for yourself or your kids? Watch this week's Mindfulness with Amanda. We're talking about creating our own bubbles throughout the day! https://youtu.be/Lobtlvzashk

Pride Worship Family Story- Did you miss this Sunday's live Zoom Worship? During the worship, LGBTQ families from our community and South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society were highlighted. Check it out! https://youtu.be/QPxUMVDuH7g

Flower Communion- We're still looking for pictures for this week's Flower Communion! Email pictures to Rev. Monica at 

Online Gatherings

Monday

Scavenger Hunt: June 8, 2020 03:30 PM

Email Amanda at  for Zoom links.

Tuesday

Lego Challenge: June 9, 2020 03:30 PM

Email Amanda at  for Zoom links.

Wednesday

Storytime: June 10, 2020 03:30 PM

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Thursday

Topic: Lissa's Crafty Corner

Time: June 11, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Find this on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Friday

Watch this week's Children's Chapel online! Visit our Youtube channel for the video:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLouELW-J6FZYO7ewZ4xHGupo18gyoG87S

Peace,

Amanda Esko

Director of Religious Education

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

June 01, 2020

Online RE- Balance Week

Good Morning Friends,

This has been a devastating week for our country and city. Thank you everyone for showing up on the side of racial justice. I wish we could meet in person. Later today, I'll be emailing resources I've found to talk about race and anti-racism with children and youth. This isn't a one-time conversation though. This is a conversation that we need to be having in our homes regularly with our kids. If you have anything that you've found useful, please share it with me. 

This week we're talking about the idea of balance. So much feels out of balance right now, this week I've listed fun activities to get us all thinking about how we find balance. Also, check out this week's Mindfulness with Amanda, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvwICnVN41E&t=2s, I put it up on the Youtube Channel this morning. Please email me at  for this week's Zoom links. 

One last thing, PLEASE fill out our annual RE survey. Here's another link: https://forms.gle/TpVtRGKXk6VUMBdn9. IN trying to plan for next year, we need to know what you think about RE! 

Peace,

Amanda Esko

Director of Religious Education

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

 

Online Gatherings 

Monday

Scavenger Hunt: June 1, 2020 03:30 PM

Tuesday

Lego Challenge: June 2, 2020 03:30 PM

Wednesday

Storytime: June 3, 2020 03:30 PM

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Thursday

Topic: Lissa's Crafty Corner

Time: June 4, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Find this on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Friday

Watch this week's Children's Chapel online! Visit our Youtube channel for the video:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLouELW-J6FZYO7ewZ4xHGupo18gyoG87S

Balance Week

May 26, 2020

Online RE- Week 11

Hi Friends! 

Happy Monday! I hope everyone has had a great long weekend! This week, we're talking about playing! Playing, and playing with others(especially parents and siblings) encourages conversation, empathy, physical movement, and creativity. As we move towards a summer like never before, encouraging our kids to play creatively will help them cope with the difficult transitions we're all making! 

In other news, I have two extremely important announcements. The first announcement is that next Sunday, May 31st at 11 am is First Church's annual meeting. As most of you know, our congregation holds at least one meeting a year, where the voting members of the congregation(people that have signed the membership book and made some kind of financial contribution) meet to vote on congregational business. This year, we will be voting on new members for First Church's Board of Trustees, as well as on our budget for the next fiscal year. This meeting is extremely important, and I would encourage all members to attend. The meeting will happen via Zoom. Here's the meeting link:https://zoom.us/j/746234475 and dial-in number:  +1 301 715 8592 US.

The second thing I want to promote is the annual RE survey. This year, honestly more than ever before, I need everyone to fill this out. We're in uncharted waters, and we need direction from you, the members of the RE community. As we move forward, I need to hear what families want, and what resources you're accessing. Our goal is to create relevant and useful spiritual development content. Without your input however, it's darn near impossible for us to create that content. Here's the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/fqrusxzwNRV7jQ6D6. Please reach out with any questions!

You'll notice this week on our online gathering schedule, we're not going to have a scavenger hunt Zoom on Monday due to the holiday. The rest of the week should mimic last week though! 

Online Gathering Info

Monday

Check out this week Mindfulness with Amanda on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h45y3XOyxk

Tuesday

Topic: RE Lego ChallengeTime: May 26, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Email Amanda at  for Zoom invite.

Wednesday

Topic: Story TimeTime: May 27, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Thursday

Topic: Lissa's Crafty Corner

Time: May 28, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Find this on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Friday

Watch this week's Children's Chapel online! Visit our Youtube channel for the video:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLouELW-J6FZYO7ewZ4xHGupo18gyoG87S

 

Peace,

Amanda Esko

Director of Religious Education

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

Play Week Handout

 

May 11, 2020

Let's be Curious! RE Online Week 9!

Hello Friends!

Welcome to another week in RE! This week we're being curious! The activities this week are geared towards asking questions, researching ideas, and creating something unexpected. After more discussions about schedules, we've decided to record Children's Chapel weekly for families to watch together. Here's a link to last weeks video, let me know what you think!  A new Children's Chapel will be posted on the Facebook group and the website on Friday! You'll also see on this week's activity schedule that Friday's mindfulness moment is a link to a guided mediation/story I filmed. Here's the link if it's hard to pull up on the pdf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XBIfGLAqQ8&t=32s. Please reach out with questions, concerns, or ideas! Virtual hugs to you all!

Online Gatherings

Monday

Topic: RE Scavenger HuntTime: May 11, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Tuesday

Topic: RE Lego ChallengeTime: May 12, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting

Wednesday

Topic: Joys and Concerns Dance Party!Time: May 13, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Thursday

Topic: Lissa's Crafty Corner

Time: May 14, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Find this on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

Friday

Topic: RE StorytimeTime: May 15, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join on Zoom OR Facebook Live!

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUFamilyNight/

 

Peace,

Amanda Esko

Director of Religious Education

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

Curiosity Week

Interview Questions

April 13, 2020

Let's Grow! - Online RE Week 5

Hello Friends!

Welcome to week 5 of Online RE! This week we're focused on growth; seeing how we as people have grown, what we can grow outside, how we can grow our brains, and how we can grow as a family! I hope this week's prompts and ideas spark fun conversations for your families!

Starting this week, we're going to keep our meeting times consistent, Monday- Friday at 3:30 pm. Please email Amanda Esko at  for links to all our Zoom meetings. They can also be found as events on our Facebook page. As we saw last week from attendance and participation, this time seems to work best. 

Last week I received numerous different activities and resources, which is fantastic! I'm going to start a pinned resources post on our Facebook group to help keep all of the info organized in one place. Any files will be in the files section of the Facebook groups well.

Thank you all for your support. We miss you all and your children deeply, hopefully we'll all be together soon. See you on Zoom!

Monday

Topic: RE Scavenger HuntTime: Apr 13, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Tuesday

Topic: RE Lego ChallengeTime: Apr 14, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Wednesday

Topic: Children's ChapelTime: Apr 15, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Thursday

Topic: Lissa's Crafty Corner

Time: Apr 16, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join on Facebook Live!

Friday

Topic: RE StorytimeTime: Apr 17, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Peace,

Amanda Esko

Director of Religious Education

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

Grow Week Plan