Message from the DREAutumn

by Helen Rose, UUCT Director of Religious Exploration (DRE)

Hello and Bright Blessings!

I hope you all are having a calm and joyful holiday season so far. We just wrapped up Chalica and are rapidly approaching Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Hanukah. Our Christmas Eve service this year will begin at 5:00 on December 24th. This service is beginning earlier than previous years with families in mind. Childcare will not be available so that our wonderful nursery staff can spend time with their loved ones for the holiday.

Our December playdate will be a New Year’s at Noon PJ Party. Everyone is invited to wear their comfiest jammies and join us from 11-1 on December 31st for some games, crafts, and snacks as we count down to ring in the new year. (And the best part is bedtime can remain business as usual without your kids feeling as if they’ve missed out on something!) This event is open to the entire church community, especially those of us who appreciate an early bedtime. Please RSVP via the Facebook link above or via email so I can properly prepare.

We’ve been focusing on safety in RE by conducting a thorough review of how our own safety policy and the UUA’s Safe Congregations guidelines are implemented at UUCT. RE guides will be receiving a brief video training via email in a few weeks, which will also be made publicly available for any interested congregants. I’m happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about safety in the RE program and TRYBE.

The RE volunteer sign up is open for January-May 2020. There are a few slots available for special classes on fifth Sundays. If you’re interested in offering or collaborating on a special class, please let me know! You can access the SignUp Genius here. If you’ve thought about volunteering but have questions or hesitations, please let me know via email or catch me on a Sunday morning so we can talk about them. The kids don’t need perfect people to be their RE Guides – they need people willing to live their valUUes by showing up and being good role models. (Bonus points if you like freeze tag, which our kids LOVE.)

In an effort to maintain flexibility, I’m changing my office hours from set times to appointments as needed. The best way to contact me and set up an appointment is via email, and I can meet fairly flexibly, especially if you’re comfortable with Henry joining us.
Wishing you and yours a low-stress, high-gratitude, fun, and safe holiday season!

In Joy and Adventure,
Helen Rose, Director of Religious Exploration