Current RE Programs – Fall 2020

Sep 4, 2020 | Learning, News, Parent Resources

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9:30-10:15 a.m.: Religious Exploration Classes for Children and Youth, Ages 3-8 & 8-12

Every Sunday morning, we will be offering virtual children’s programming. We have classes for ages 3-8 and 8-12. Kids will log in and be put in smaller rooms based on ages. Volunteers (which you can be!) will also be assigned to rooms to help our amazing children and youth learn about Unitarian Universalism through Spirit Play and Holidays & Holydays.

Youth Helpers wanted: Each One, Teach One! You’ve got something worth sharing. Come drop in or sign up to get connected and start building relationships. We want to hear from you.

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Sunday Service Worship

With Zoom, we are not limited by space, and want all our members, friends and visitors to have an opportunity to see each other on Sundays. The pandemic has made connecting with our beloved community even more important. So until we are back worshiping in person, we will continue to have one service on Zoom. This service will be in the same room as the RE programs are, so if you log in early, you will be placed in a zoom waiting room. Our services this fall focus on the upcoming election.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Coffee Hour

After worship—around 11:30 a.m.—we will have coffee hour: an informal and age-old Unitarian Universalist tradition. Use this opportunity to get to know someone new and enjoy the diversity in our community. Coffee Hour is a great opportunity to connect with visitors, welcome them to East Shore, and learn more about one another.

12:30-2:30 p.m.: Family Covenant Circle with Martin and Carrie (sign up in advance)

The ESUC Family Covenant Circle is a group of East Shore families with children 0-18 where the adults are seeking to share and support one another in the journey that is family life. We talk, listen deeply and really connect in a leader-led small group discussion. Topics range from spiritual parenting to smart phones to issues of our children’s health and our own. Currently we are meeting by zoom every other Sunday. Families of every stage and configuration are welcome. For more information contact Martin Cox.


Mondays, 8:15-9:05 p.m.: Parent/Caregiver Drop in with Leta

Parents & caregivers are invited to join a Zoom call led by Leta Hamilton to connect, recenter & offer support to one another. We will have themed calls each week. The first Monday will always be a guided meditation. Second Mondays are education & remote learning challenges. Third Mondays are open discussions with a favorite beverage intended for laughter & deeper personal connecting. Fourth Mondays will feature an inspirational book or video to uplift our spirits & offer hope. Please join us on Mondays from 8:15-9:05 p.m. Sign up here.

Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 p.m.: Gather: Family Programs with LeAnne and Amanda (sign up in advance)

Come circle round the table and share and learn together. We’ll spend six weeks at a time uncovering and growing ourselves as a family unit. This is a time to be intentional about play, creativity, and cultivating joy in our relationships. From September 16-October 28, we’ll talk each week about our family rituals and activities, and share in a variety of fun, community building activities and curious conversations. Sign up here.

Wednesdays, 7:00-7:30 p.m.: Wind Down Wednesdays Service and Social Hour (following) with Amanda and Guests

We’ll kick-off the year with a new midweek service to wind down and rejuvenate. For the fall, we’ll start with an aloud reading of Book 1 of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Get your copy to follow along. Grab your PJ’s and a favorite stuffy, or tune in while you’re making dinner at home. No cameras necessary for this Zoom service. It’ll be sure to delight your aural senses alone. After the service, there will be an opportunity for social time. All Ages are welcome! Sign up here.

Fridays, 6:30-9 p.m.: Youth Groups Ages 13-15 and 15-18 with Doug, Alex, and others

Join as we kick off fall quarter with middle school and high school youth groups, both happening at a new time on Friday Nights from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Doug Strombom and Alex Langrock are leading up our virtual youth groups, and other volunteers are needed. Each call will offer break out rooms for age and activity-based small groups.

On the 1st and 3rd Fridays, we’ll play Dungeons and Dragons and JackBox games. On 2nd Fridays, we’ll focus on world issues and social justice, starting with voting and elections. On 4th Fridays, we’ll have an intergenerational fishbowl dealing with fun, engaging, and relevant “pick your-brain” topics. On 5th Fridays, we’ll have a movie night (November). You don’t have to turn on your cameras, and you can still have fun on Zoom!

On Select Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Social Distance Soul Saturdays: September 12, October 31, December 5 (sign up in advance)

Be sure to pick up goodies and supplies for online/offline engagement with East Shore children and youth programs! Throughout the year, we’ll offer fun, social-distance, drive-thru friendly pickups. You’ll get what you need for each seven week cycle of programming.

We’re kicking off the fall on September 12th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. You’ll find Blessing of the Backpacks stickers and Water Communion jars (open to all ages of congregants!) Find us in the Upper Parking lot at East Shore. Sign up here.

Next cycle starts on Halloween! So stay tuned for details about October 31st’s Soul Saturday from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.! We’ll have a hauntingly good time.

Save the date for Saturday December 5th from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m., too, for gingerbread house kits and winter solstice goodies.

On Select Sundays: 4:00-5:30 p.m.: Coming of Age Ages 12-14 & 14-18 (sign up in advance)

Starting in our second seven week cycle Coming of Age will welcome two distinct age groups, along with congregant mentors, to develop and nurture self, community, and spirit. Sessions will be held starting on November 1st, for four weeks. The program will continue into Winter and Spring, with a total of three, four-week sessions. CoA this year will incorporate self-awareness and empowerment, adult companionship, and peer community development. CoA will culminate in an church worship service in May.