PreK, K-4th Grade Religious Education: October 16, 2020

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
October 16, 2020
2020-2021 Religious Education (RE) theme: JUSTICE & EQUITY
Supporting our young people in understanding justice issues, articulating their values, and engaging in faith in action with CUUC Social Justice teams. Fall 2020 Resources:
Halloween Parade

We are excited to see your costumes!  Our beloved annual Halloween parade will be virtual this year.  Send pictures in costume to Tracy by Thursday 10/22 to be included in the Sunday 10/25 virtual parade.  Pictures in a vertical (up and down) orientation preferred over horizontal (sideways), if possible.  Send pictures to cuucwpTracy@gmail.com.

Light or Extinguish the Worship Chalice

We would love to see your family!  We invite you to record a chalice lighting or extinguishing video for Sunday worship. We will provide the script. You'll send a video by the Thursday preceding your Sunday so it can be added to the worship slide deck. You can record using your own device or meet Tracy on Zoom and she can record you. Send Tracy dates in November and December when you are available to submit recordings by Thursday to be used in worship the following Sunday (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 

Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness is a powerful practice that helps ALL of us improve our focus and concentration, and manage stress. Below are five simple mindfulness concepts you can introduce to kids as young as four or five. Click HERE to read the full Left Brain Buddha blog, and HERE for a handy poster you can print and post.
1. I can find my anchor and breathe. An anchor keeps our mind from drifting too far by offering a specific place to put one's attention, often the breath.
2. I can notice my puppy mind. Minds are like puppies that are curious and want to wander off! We don't get angry at our puppy mind, but notice it has wandered and gently call it back.
3. I can send kind thoughts and be grateful. We can wish for ourselves and others happiness, safety, health, and send kind thoughts. We can also pause and notice what we are grateful for. 
4. I can notice my feelings. Mindfulness can help children become more aware of their emotions. Adults can help build awareness by asking where in their body they feel an emotion, then they can name the emotion. These help children learn to recognize and handle emotions.
5. I can be still as I look, listen, and learn. You can simply sit and let your mind, body, and nervous system take a break. It can help us to remain still and focused by having something to pay attention to, e.g., the sounds of nature, the breeze of a fan, the smell of something baking. Be present in the moment. 

Find all of the support resources we have been sharing HERE

PreK  Community

Calling All Little Friends
to Meet and Play

THIS SATURDAY, October 17, 11:00am-12:30/1:00pm
Diane and Hans invite PreK/K children to reconnect and play outside on the CUUC playground. Wear masks and bring your own snack/lunch so we aren't sharing food. RSVP with Dianedakmv@aol.com.

At-Home Resource

POP (Parents of Preschoolers) is a video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism. Have you used it? Each month, 3 new videos are added.
Click HERE and enter password, YouGotThis2020 (case sensitive)​.
Let Tracy know what you think of this resource, cuucwptracy@gmail.com

K - 4th Grade Community

RE Class this Sunday
October 4, 11:30am-12:15pm

Children will learn about soup kitchens and hear about soup kitchens in our areas. They will also have the opportunity to share about their favorite meals. Nicole Turygin talked with the class about how hunger and homelessness are issues we care about as UUs, and she  described efforts the Hunger & Homelessness Team and CUUC congregation have been supporting in our local community. This Sunday, children will talk about their first action: a dessert drive for HOPE Kitchen.

Have a piece of paper and crayons, pencil, or pen handy for a drawing activity.

Class Meets in a Zoom 8428 Breakout Room: 
*One-click login, click HERE 
*Two-step login: https://zoom.us/j/817388428 + Passcode: 468468

Please bookmark THIS PAGE with the schedule and Zoom links.

Dessert Drive

The K-4th grade class has been learning about hunger and food insecurity. Families are invited to participate in the class's first action by providing small ziplock bags of cookies, bars, candies or any bagged treat for CUUC's HOPE Kitchen meals. You can drop off your treats Saturday, October 24th when you are at CUUC for the Drive-Through "Fun"-Raiser. Click HERE for more information.  

Adult Community

Adult RE This Sunday

Choosing a Spiritual Practice
Sunday, Oct 18, 1:30pm in Rm 7899
Thinking about taking up a spiritual practice -- or thinking about a new spiritual practice? There are so many ways to cultivate spiritual development -- which ones are right for you? And if you have a spiritual practice, please join us to share what you do. (It's a service to others -- and you might pick up a pointer or two.) Led by Rev. Meredith Garmon.

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Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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