"What I try to tell young people is that if you come together with a mission, and its grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible." -John Lewis
It's been a bit of a whirlwind start this year. I'm awestruck watching the young people of this church and how well they care for one another. The OWL kids are a blend of children raised in the church, newcomers, and returning youth. They have suspended judgement and jumped right in with a quick sense of comfort and camaraderie with one another. When I watched the littlest among us this past Sunday being mentored by someone a handful of years older, it gave me pause. The grades 1-4 classroom was filled with giggles as they got into costumes, helping one another with headpieces and directions, as they acted out the story of Baby Moses. May we all learn from the youngest teachers among us!
RE has purchased a copy of the two books which are used in OWL programs for younger children, for you to borrow at any time to help facilitate conversations with your own children. If you would like to review them and/or borrow them, just let me know. They are both written by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley:
It's So Amazing: A book about eggs, sperm, birth, babies and families (ages 7 and up)
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing bodies, growing up, sex and sexual health (ages 10 and up)
October 7: No RE nor OWL classes. Service will be a multi-generation lite service about Rev. Lise's Buddhist retreat this summer. Activities and crafts complementing the service theme will be available for children in a Craft Corner and there will be a Time for All Ages as well.
October 14: RE and OWL classes will meet
October 21: RE and OWL classes will meet
October 28: All teachers and children will meet in the Parish Hall for Halloween and Dia de Muertes activities and then return to church for a costume parade
November 4: RE and OWL classes will meet
Gabe Millins, DRE
Director of Religious Education