News from the Director of RE
April News from Naomi
Naomi Yoshida, Director of Religious Education
Happy Spring! Many of you probably are not aware of how much preparation is involved in making our digital meets reality world a success. Adapt, adapt, adapt! We mail out curricula activity packets so youth feel connected and included. Our Faith in Action program is another good example. In a normal year, supplies are purchased, we meet and then execute the social action activity. It is easy, fun, and rewarding. This year, we dance a fine dance. FIA kits of supplies are disseminated during the previous month’s church drive through. Laura Scully, our Faith in Action Coordinator, then leads the assembly over Zoom. Completed projects are returned during the next month’s drive through. All occurring with safety protocols in place.
In March, I was honored that Reverend Lissa provided me the opportunity to share an Asian perspective on racism during Worship. How appropriate to do so as March’s Faith in Action explores the youth’s version of the 8th Principle. Youth are invited to delve more deeply into this as we creatively explore.
Of course, one of this year’s highlights was the Installation of Reverend Lissa. Evan Pagan and Kai Yoshida were soloists for a new video adaptation of “Would You Like to Have a Zoom Call?” Many of our youth waved, danced and twirled in happiness! At the celebratory drive through afterwards, Faith in Action collected hand made dog and cat toys, as well as used towels and blankets for the furry critters in the shelter.
As Spring has sprung, this month starts with a drive through on Easter Sunday after Worship. Come to say hello and receive a treat or two! As our ‘year of different’ continues, we will wait until next Spring to knock at the Magic Egg Machine and collect eggs from the fields of UUCLB.
On April 18th there will be an additional drive through when RE’s Faith in Action teams up with the Green Team. The Green Team will distribute complimentary tomato plants. FIA will conduct a virtual planting Zoom meeting the following Sunday. We optimistically await the day when individual families may come on campus to turn the soil and plant.
Sunday Mornings for Children and Youth
We encourage families to attend the worship service together. Religious Education has been scheduled before and after worship so that each grade cohort may attend class without overlapping Zoom meetings. This year’s curriculums for each cohort supports our RE Committee’s mission which is to “Create a community where each youth is known and empowered.”
Curricular Day Schedule
9:00 – 9:25 – Preschool to K – Spirit Play Classroom
9:30 – 9:55 – 1st to 4th Grade – Bible Super Heroes
11:30 – 11:55 – 5th to 9th Grade – Illumination Academy
Faith in Action, Spiritual Practices, Youth Chapel Schedule
9:30 – 9:55 – Preschool – 4th Grade
11:30 – 11:55 – 5th to 12th Grade
Calendar of Events
April 4 – Curricular Day, 11:30-12:30 PM join us at the festive Easter drive-thru!
April 11 – Curricular Day
April 18 – Curricular Day
April 25 – Faith in Action
Contact the Religious Education Director, Naomi Yoshida, for your child or children to attend zoom meetings.
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Director of Religious Education