Blessing Of The Backpacks
Sunday, September 8
People of all ages who will be students, staff, and faculty this fall–kids, youth, adults, teachers, professors, and school staff–are invited to bring their backpacks to church on Sunday, Sept 8 for our annual “Blessing of the Backpacks” ceremony during the first part of the 10:00 worship service. We’ll call people forward. Please join us up front, and if you forget your backpack, that’s totally okay, because it’s really you we’re blessing
Sunday, September 15
The whole church is invited to our annual homecoming picnic! Again this year, we’re making it a block party and closing down 16th Ave to have a fun outdoor BBQ. There will be lots of fun games and activities in addition to yummy food! Mark your calendars. We also need helpers, so please let Betsy or Margaret Swanson know if you could help with food or an activity.
Preparing for the 2019-2020 Program Year
Hello UCUCC Families!
This is to inform you about the 2019/2020 program year so you’ll know what to expect when the new year starts on Sunday, September 8th. We are grateful to have a very full program and are working to balance our numbers across classrooms, in adherence to our Safe Child Policy’s adult-to-child ratio.
Every Sunday, the Toddler – 3’s classes are led by longtime staff members Holly Hendrickson, Lisa Coleman, and Katrina Fitzpatrick, along with one volunteer from our congregation.
The Pre K / Kinder classroom and the elementary classrooms are led by two adult volunteer co-leaders from our congregation, and they might sometimes be assisted by amazing middle and high school youth volunteers.
When the children are released from worship after the first verse of “a song with Our Children,” children will exit the Sanctuary and go along with classmates to their classrooms. Elementary schoolers will return to the sanctuary and rejoin the service, most likely during the Passing of the Peace. Sometimes they may get so busy, they return a little later, and sometimes they’ll return earlier. Preschoolers will remain in their classrooms until parents sign them out after the worship service ends.
To prepare for September 8th, please take a moment to let us know whether your child plans to be in regular attendance for the full program year and to fill out the Registration Form and Image Release Form we require each year.
You can find the forms by clicking these links:
>> Children and Youth Programs Family Registration
>> Image Release Form
Why do I need to fill out registration paperwork AGAIN this year? Many things change in the course of a year, especially with a child’s development. This is your chance to let us know of any changes that have occurred with your child, such as:
- whether he/she has new needs in order for Sunday class to be successful and nourishing.
- Is he/she experiencing problems in other classes that we need to be aware of, so we can make Sunday class feel safe and welcoming?
- Has your phone number changed? etc.
It is beneficial for us to have accurate, up-to-date information for every child, every year. Please turn forms in to me, either in person on Sunday or in my mailbox in the office.
New This Year: An ask for families to volunteer in classrooms twice.
The Children’s Ministry Committee is asking every family with a child enrolled in our program to volunteer twice in the 10-month period between September 2019 and June 2020 in a classroom of your choice. Not twice per adult, and not twice per child in your family, but just twice. In families with two adults, you can each volunteer once or choose one of you to do it twice. In families with one adult, we’re asking you to volunteer twice during the year.
On most Sundays, we’ll need a total of 9 adult volunteers:
- 2 for infants/crawlers
- 1 with Toddler – 3-year-olds
- 2 for the Pre K / Kinder class
- 2 in the 1st -2nd grade class
- 2 in the 3rd – 5th grade class.
Every first Sunday of the month, our 1st – 5th graders combine into one class and go with a pastor to the chapel for Special Sermon Time. On those days, only 1 adult volunteer is needed for all of elementary.
You can volunteer in ANY classroom. Some love to be in their child’s class and some find it more difficult. Whatever works for you. Of course, everyone is welcome to volunteer more than twice, but at least twice for families is our new ask. Click here to sign up on our volunteer site, SignUp Genius=> https://www.signupgenius.com/
Note that we’re calling it an “ask,” and not a “requirement.” If volunteering presents a hardship for you, please speak with me and don’t carry this as a burden. We’re your church, so we’ll work it out!
I look forward to “being the church” with you and your children this year at UCUCC.