Family Newsletter For September 2022:

Letter From Rev. Hannah
 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Another year is upon us! I'm feeling energized by the start of this year and excited to see so many of you again. I'm looking forward to the predictability of the calendar now that summer has ended but I'm shocked by how much there is to do!  This year we are hoping to offer a lot of amazing things for our families and this newsletter will be the best way to stay in the loop on what is happening each month.

Rev. Hannah

September's Theme: Belonging

This month we are exploring the theme of "Belonging" in both worship and religious education.  Kids and adults will think about how to belong to themselves, to belong to a community, to welcome others and to reflect on instances in which they have been included or excluded.  

We invite you to think on these topics as a family by sharing stories of times you have been excluded and felt hurt or times when you opened the circle wide to include others.  Kids will be doing their own water communion and reading the story of Stella Luna in the K-2 classroom.  In the 3-5, kids will be learning about spiders and how we belong to a bigger interconnected web. 

Calendar of Events & Offerings

1. Religious Education for kids in grades K-5th grade kicks off on 9/18.  There will be a Time for All Ages in the Sanctuary after which kids can head to the third floor where there are two classrooms (K-2nd & 3-5th) led by our excellent RE staff.  Please register your kids here! 

2. The Our Whole Lives (OWL) program will run for those in grades 7-9 this year.  This incredible curriculum gives young people access to the facts and support needed to make empowered decisions about their bodies and their health.  Led by two trained facilitators, this course will run Sunday evenings from 5-7PM from October to April.  Register now! 

3. We are beginning a music program for kids! Our fantastic music director, John B Hedges, will meet once a month with kids to work on hand chimes, boomwhackers, percussion instruments and, of course, to sing together. The youth music program will perform every month or two. We schedule this program to coincide with the monthly Vespers music service so parents can attend Vespers while their children make music together. There is no prior experience required to participate.  Aiming for kids ages 7+. Questions? email musicdirector@philauu.org

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