Originally Posted by Ratchet
We've gone to our local church, but I'm having trouble figuring out DD-management during that time- she's 2.5 and she won't stay with the babysitters there.
So glad you're here, Ratchet. My now-5 year old is *just* beginning to stay in the nursery happily. But he wants nothing to do with the classes yet. His brother, 8, was the same; about 6-7, he really got excited about being in a group of kids with a couple of friendly adult facilitators who weren't his parents. This year has been a really good experience for us, and I was glad to have waited until it felt right for him, even though that meant that my husband and my entree into church life was rather hit and miss for those few years.
Preemieprincess, so glad you're here! A friend of mine who coordinates worship at the UU here recently passed along a website full of poems that she often draws opening and closing readings from. I would not have guessed that this would have been what most powerfully spoke to me in the past several months, but some of the poems here have really done it: http://www.bemindful.org/poemsb.htm
Originally Posted by Polliwog
My first grader is really enjoying her OWL classes. There's only a few weeks left.
I am going to take the plunge and become a member. It's a big leap for me, but I think it's right for our family.
YAY, Polliwog! Good for you! Does your congregation have a new member ceremony? If so, I'd love to hear about it!
Originally Posted by preemieprincess
My little one is still in the nursery, but she associates UUism, church, the flaming chalice, etc. with friends. One of her first really complex sentences was, "I like to go to church because I get to see all my friends there." I'm glad the whole "loving community" idea gets through to a three year old.
I just finished reading the book "Fifteen Ways to Grow a Lifelong UU" by Kate Erslev Tweedie. I had mixed feelings about the title; my focus is 100% on growing happy, healthy, spiritually whole PEOPLE, whether they choose to be UU as adults or not. But that said, I found the ideas in here to be much more in line with that same goal, just a way to coach UU parents, churches, and religious educators on HOW to make that happen for kids withing the very inclusive and celebratory community of UUism. And the #1 thing that kept children in the UU church as young adults and adults? A sense of belonging and community. Hands down. Parties and pageants and camping trips and such were high up there, too, but that "loving community" piece was at the top of every list.
Are any of y'all participating in the "Practicing Lent 2014" project? It's a photo-a-day of different concepts each day: love, connection, struggle, today's is laughter... I've been participating and following along. Some of the entries are really cool! My boys aren't so into it this year, but I think next year, with a little more time to prepare for it, I could get them to give it a try: