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September 13, 2020

Full Week Faith Plan September 13, 2020

Each week, you'll find new activities for you and your family to engage in the theme of the month. September's theme is "renewal". You can find a link to a pdf version of the plan HERE.

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September 06, 2020

Full Week Faith Plan September 6, 2020

Each week, you'll find new activities for you and your family to engage in the theme of the month. September's theme is "renewal". You can find a link to a pdf version of the plan HERE.

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September 06, 2020

RE Update September 6, 2020

This is how we do it!

I don't know if you've picked up on this yet, but this year is giving us the opportunity to create new ways for connection. Over the past month, we've introduced Full Week Faith plans, online storytime, and online art lessons. This week, we're rolling out the next opportunities for RE this year.

RE-Imagining Chapel

You'll read more about this below, but we're encouraging ALL families to attend. We'll be meeting this month on September 13th at 10 am, but the following months it will be on the first Sunday of the month.  We can't wait to see each other and participate in worship together. Look below for the link to the Zoom!

Class Websites

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, this year for RE we're splitting everyone into two main groups: Lower School, preschool-5th grade; and Upper School, 6th-12th grade. Each group has its own website. While the layouts are ever so slightly different, each website contains the same types of information: links to zoom gatherings, monthly "lessons" with videos, prompts, and activities youth and families can participate with. Additionally, you'll notice that the lesson topics match one another between the two sites. This will enable families with kids in both age groups to be able to engage in the content across age levels.

 Lower School Website: https://sites.google.com/view/redgroup/home

Upper School Website: https://sites.google.com/view/firstchurchyouthgroup/home

Zoom Gatherings

On months other than September, we will have Zoom gatherings for the two groups on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 10 am. In September we will meet on the 20th and the 27th at 10 am. Our goal for zoom gatherings is to be in community together, engage in interesting discussions, and have fun. You do not need to have participated with any of the content on the class websites to participate(although it might be helpful for discussion in Upper School) Please email Lissa Lander for the links to the Zoom gatherings. 

How ever your family chooses to participate this year, know we love you, and miss being in person with you. I also want to acknowledge the countless amount of hours Lissa Lander, our RE Assitant has put into building this vision. Without her, NONE of this could happen!

 In Peace,

Amanda Esko

Religious Education Director

August 30, 2020

This week in RE- August 30, 2020

Welcome to new week friends! This week, as we ease back in our Religious Education schedule, we're bringing back our Full Week Faith plans from the spring. The theme for the month of September is Renewal. Use this week's activities as a springboard for your family's conversations and connections this week. You can find a pdf print out of the plan by clicking HERE

S U N D A Y

Watch this week's Worship or RE-Imagining Chapel on our Youtube page! You can find it here: https://tinyurl.com/y9z887th

MONDAY

Each Monday we're going to put two questions for your family to wrestle with this week!

  • When you first wake up in the morning, what do you look forward to the most?
  • How does newness feel in your body?

TUESDAY

Grab some chalk! Using a plant identification app or local wildflower field guide, label the street or sidewalk in front of as many “weeds” as you can find, helping passers-by realize that they aren’t really “just weeds.” If you like, you join the ranks of rebel botanists worldwide who have shared their washable graffiti on social media.

WEDNESDAY *STORYTIME, 3:30PM ON FACEBOOK

Watch this video of the book, As Fast As Words Could Fly, as a family: https://tinyurl.com/y7frwqba. How do you as a family support each other's social justice work? Is there any project you want to start as a family?

THURSDAY *ART!, 3:30 PM ON FACEBOOK

Take a minute to do a quick 5-minute journal exercise as a family using our senses. Set a time limit and ask each family member to draw their answer for the following questions, then talk together about what you drew.

What do you see? Hear? Smell? Feel? Taste?

FRIDAY

This month let's renew our taste buds by trying something new and reducing our carbon footprint with a new vegetarian meal each week! Here's this week's recipe: https://tinyurl.com/y5zg4h4g

SATURDAY

While we're physically distant, we still want to encourage the social connection of other like-minded adults. Have a friend zoom call, physically distant drinks, etc. Each week we'll pose a new question, based on this month's theme, for you and your people to talk about.

  • What parts of parenting renew your spirit, and which parts deplete you? How does it feel to name these aspects out loud?
August 17, 2020

We're RE-Imagining Church!

  We're RE-Imagining Church!

Hello my friends! It's the middle of August, which means the start of the church year and Religious Education are right around the corner. Our theme for this church year is RE-Imagining Church. As with all things right now, we're going to move forward in ways we've never done before. For the foreseeable future, our church services and activities will still be virtual. With that in mind, we have three goals for Religious Education for this church year:

  • Keeping connections open
  • Flexibility 
  • Engaging for kids and parents

As we've been planning, we’re moving through with the understanding that everyone’s needs are different. Some people want all of the online content and Zooms. For others, weekdays are more than enough, especially depending on the age of kids. This is ok! We're in an unprecedented season, and wherever you and your family are is exactly where you need to be. With that said, we're RE-Imagining how RE looks.

This year, we will have two main groups: Lower School(preschool-5th grade) and Upper School(6th grade- 12th Grade). Each month we will have a new theme(similar to what we had in the spring). For September, our theme is Renewal. We have created websites for each group, with content and "lessons" tailored to the theme. These will include short videos, stories, crafts, activities, and more. These themes will be carried over into the larger Small Group Ministry program, to further larger community engagement. 

Online gatherings will still be happening! The first Sunday of the month(with the exception of September) will be RE-Imagining Chapel. We'll meet over zoom at 10 am for a monthly live chapel, all together as an RE community. This will be a time for families to see and interact with each other, light a chalice, share with one another, and introduce our monthly theme.

For Upper School, we'll have online gatherings on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 10 am. Once in the zoom, depending on that day's grouping, we'll break into smaller age-specific groups. Youth will vote, through their website, on topics discussed based on that month's theme. 

Lower School will also be meeting online, but based on the information gathered in the spring/summer, we need your help in determining the best day. If you have a smaller human in the Lower School community, please fill out this SHORT survey:  https://forms.gle/BzpYfyke8sifsR7a8. Based on the results of this survey, we'll start scheduling meeting times. 

Again, nothing is perfect. After listening to our families however, this feels like a way for us to meet a lot of the needs brought up. To start off the year with a little bit of joy, we'd like to send home to families kits with some supplies and surprises need for the year. In order to do this, we need you to answer this SHORT(as in 3 questions) form:https://forms.gle/E5j2pbTLYCWcPJPP7. We know the choices families are making right now are not easy. Thank you for continuing to engage in our community, however, you are able to right now. You're all doing a spectacular job navigating these unknown waters. 

In Peace,

Amanda Esko 

Director of Religious Education

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