This fall our congregation will return to in-person Religious Education program for youth in grades 1-12. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, youth will start in the service, and then be excused to join their volunteer RE teachers and engage in group lessons that help them understand and appreciate our shared UU values. On the other Sundays, youth will stay in the service with their adults.
Our youth will be divided into two groups: elementary and middle/high school to facilitate age-appropriate activities and discussions. We will be using adapted Soul Matters curriculum which is theme-based (and what Rev. Bruce will be drawing inspiration from) and allows our youth to consider and engage with the same issues that the rest of the congregation will be contemplating. Lesson plans and materials will be provided to those teaching.
Our RE program is volunteer-run and that means WE NEED YOU! The youth growing up in this congregation rely on us all to help guide and educate them about the values we hold. Look over the roles below and choose a few ways to help out.
Volunteer Roles (Needed on dates indicated):
"Deputy DRE" - (On Friday or Saturday prior to an RE Sunday - please arrange with office staff) Make copies, set up rooms, locate/purchase supplies (may require reimbursement). (On Sunday of RE) Review for adequate volunteers on the morning of RE, fill in to teach if needed, make final decision to cancel if needed (and put up signage). Require background check and proof of COVID vaccination.
RE Teaching - Two adults/group. Implement provided session plans, using provided materials. Take attendance. Facilitate fun and connection. Clean up classroom, put away materials, submit attendance. Requires clear background check and proof of COVID vaccination.
Activity Basket Wrangler - Arrive by 9:45 a.m.; check baskets for usable paper, crayons, etc.; restock if needed; bring up baskets to place near front entrance. After service, re-organize basket; clean any used toys, put baskets in the RE area.
Sign up for whatever dates work for your household. If you find you are unable to attend service as planned, please contact other people on this list to find someone to take your spot.
Before you begin your first volunteer activity with youth, please complete the following and return to Heather McCracken at the UU Fellowship of La Crosse office:
Volunteer Code of Ethics form
Volunteer Disclosure Statement
and provide proof of COVID vaccination
|| Allison Wyeth