Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 9, 2018
First Unitarian Church of Worcester
Faith Development for Children and Youth

This Week...
May 13
9:15-10:15am BYKOTA

Regular Classes

11:30-12:30 BYKOTA Youth are needed to hand out information during Coffee Hour about the Walk for the Homeless

6:00-8:00pm YRU2



Next Week...
May 20
9:15-10:15am BYKOTA (Youth Room)

Regular Classes

Walk for the Homeless

6:00-8:00pm YRU2



Coming Up...
June 3Youth Sunday 
June 10Coming of Age Sunday



Director of Faith Development Search Update
 
 

Faith Development transition update: We are still accepting applications for our open Director of Faith Development position. Please see the job description and forward it to anyone who might like to apply. 
Rev. Sarah Stewart
Youth Group Updates

BYKOTA -   The Walk for the Homeless is on May 20th!  BYKOTA youth are needed to hand out information during coffee hour on Sunday May 13.

YRU2  - This week, we'll keep working on our June 3rd Youth Sunday service!  
Classroom Friends Needed for Next Year!

We have just one teaching spot left open for next year! Thank you to all our returning teachers, advisors, and facilitators. Your commitment to our children and youth is invaluable. 

We now need Classroom Friends. This is a great volunteer opportunity, if you don't think you are ready to be a teacher, if you have a child or grandchild in our program and want to see what happens during class, if you would like to volunteer, but have other commitments (such as singing in the choir) and so are only free 4 or 5 Sundays a year, or if you want to contribute to the Faith Development program, but can't take on any prep work. 

What do Classroom Friends do? Classroom Friends serve as a second adult in the room, allowing other members of the teaching teams to have time off to attend a service, or spend time with family. We hope to have a few Friends for each class, so you can pick the age group you are most comfortable with, and the weeks you choose to volunteer, you would be back with the same group so that you get to know the children and they get to know you. We will offer a short training at the start of the new school year.

If you are interested, please contact Abigail Hannaford-Ricardi during coffee hour, or send her an e-mail at ahannaford-ricardi@firstunitarian.com.
Wiogora School of Wonder & Wisdom: July 22 - August 3rd

Our magical summer program will run weekdays  July 23 - August 3rd  2018,  9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Registration is now open. Visit our website at http://www.wiogora.org/ 
 
Young Scholars 
Wiogora accepts scholars entering 1st through 12th grade
 
ELFS - Equipping Leaders through Fun & Service
A leadership training program for teens ages 15 - 18 
Deadline to apply, April 1, 2018
 
Adult Staff positions available for qualified and creative adults.
 
Wiogora (Wee-oh-gor-ah) is a Harry Potter-themed STEM program at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, offering a unique experience that enhances imagination and creativity while developing a commitment to teamwork and building life skills - All while reinforcing the Unitarian Universalist Principles.
 
Inspired by the books of J.K. Rowling, participants, called "young scholars" ages 6-18, are sorted into four special Hogwarts-style houses, play Quidditch, mix potions, and compete for house points. Young scholars discover their own special power at Wiogora and use it for good in the world. 
 
Participants spend time in multi-age groups, or "houses," and, at other times, gather with their own age-mates. Costume challenges, assemblies, parties, age-appropriate activities, classes, quests, and house time all create the feel of being in the wonderful world of Harry Potter. Wiogora fosters a love of learning while promoting kindness, fairness, and the inherent worth and dignity of every person. 
 
Wiogora offers engaging and challenging classes with enthusiastic, vetted instructors who enjoy teaching curious participants the subjects they love. Typical subjects include Spell-Play (acting), Divination (guided meditation), Potions (chemistry), Arithmancy (concepts of math), Transfiguration (artful modification of recyclables), Edible Transfiguration (cooking), Herbology (gardening/plant identification), Defense Against the Dark Arts (resilience), and History of Magic (Harry Potter lore and history of Wiogora). 
Stay Informed! 

Looking for the class schedule?  Click here!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 25, 2018
First Unitarian Church of Worcester
Faith Development for Children and Youth

This Week...
April 28Wiogora Spring Fools School (see below)
April 29
9:15-10:15pm K-1 OWL (Classroom #2)

Regular Classes

11:00am Building Bridges Field Trip to Worcester Friends Meeting House (see below)

6:00-8:00pm YRU2



Next Week...
May 6
9:15-10:15am K-1 OWL (Classroom #2)
9:15-10:15am BYKOTA (Youth Room)
Regular Classes



Director of Faith Development Search Update
 
The search committee has been meeting weekly since mid-March in order to clarify the position, create a job description, meet with an independent UU consultant to guide us through the process, and set some parameters for compensation for the position. We have been attentive to the feedback we received to the recent listening sessions and we are confident that we will soon be posting the job in a variety of places and beginning the interview process to choose a director to begin in the fall.
 
Paul Belanger for the DFD Search Committee
Wiogora Spring Fools School this Saturday!wiogora

Calling all Hogwarts/ Harry Potter lovers, 6-17 years old! Wiogora School of Wonder and Wisdom, a Harry Potter themed STEAM program, offers a Spring Fools School on Saturday, April 28th from 10 AM to 3 PM!
We will start with singing and dancing around a May Pole, and then you can take three classes of your choosing. Pick from:
  • Transfiguration (art)
  • Arithmancy (puzzles/logic)
  • History of Magic (Potter literature)
  • Spell Play (theater improve with wands!)
  • QUIDDITCH!!! class (insider tips and practice)
  • Misuse of Muggle Artifacts (simple machines/engineering)
  • and Dumbledore's Army (self-defense basics)
The day ends with our own exciting on-the-ground version of QUIDDITCH! Just for ArtWeek, this special one day program for young wizards between 6-17 years old is FREE! (accompanying adults are welcome to join the fun too, but not required). Space is limited, so register NOW
Building Bridges Field Trip - 4/29quakers

Our 6th and 7th grade Building Bridges Class has been invited to the Worcester Quaker Meeting House service on Sunday, April 29th!

 
The youth will leave from First U during our morning service, will return around 1:30.   Youth are encouraged to leave all phones and other devices at home for this field trip.
Thanks from the Reverend Mandy Beal!

Thank you to everyone who joined in the celebration of my ordination to Unitarian Universalist ministry and sent well-wishes last week!  I am overwhelmed with the support that this community has shown for my ministry.  It was a beautiful and special day that I was honored to share with so many of you.
Youth Group Updates

BYKOTA -   There are no more meetings or activities for BYKOTA in April.  Our next meeting is May 6th at 9:15.  We'll use that meeting to get ready for the May 20th Walk for the Homeless.

YRU2  - We'll spend time this week reflecting on our recent service trip.  
Classroom Friends Needed for Next Year!

We have just one teaching spot left open for next year! Thank you to all our returning teachers, advisors, and facilitators. Your commitment to our children and youth is invaluable. 

We now need Classroom Friends. This is a great volunteer opportunity, if you don't think you are ready to be a teacher, if you have a child or grandchild in our program and want to see what happens during class, if you would like to volunteer, but have other commitments (such as singing in the choir) and so are only free 4 or 5 Sundays a year, or if you want to contribute to the Faith Development program, but can't take on any prep work. 

What do Classroom Friends do? Classroom Friends serve as a second adult in the room, allowing other members of the teaching teams to have time off to attend a service, or spend time with family. We hope to have a few Friends for each class, so you can pick the age group you are most comfortable with, and the weeks you choose to volunteer, you would be back with the same group so that you get to know the children and they get to know you. We will offer a short training at the start of the new school year.

If you are interested, please contact Abigail Hannaford-Ricardi during coffee hour, or send her an e-mail at ahannaford-ricardi@firstunitarian.com.
Wiogora School of Wonder & Wisdom: July 22 - August 3rd

Our magical summer program will run weekdays  July 23 - August 3rd  2018,  9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Registration is now open. Visit our website at http://www.wiogora.org/ 
 
Young Scholars 
Wiogora accepts scholars entering 1st through 12th grade
 
ELFS - Equipping Leaders through Fun & Service
A leadership training program for teens ages 15 - 18 
Deadline to apply, April 1, 2018
 
Adult Staff positions available for qualified and creative adults.
 
Wiogora (Wee-oh-gor-ah) is a Harry Potter-themed STEM program at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, offering a unique experience that enhances imagination and creativity while developing a commitment to teamwork and building life skills - All while reinforcing the Unitarian Universalist Principles.
 
Inspired by the books of J.K. Rowling, participants, called "young scholars" ages 6-18, are sorted into four special Hogwarts-style houses, play Quidditch, mix potions, and compete for house points. Young scholars discover their own special power at Wiogora and use it for good in the world. 
 
Participants spend time in multi-age groups, or "houses," and, at other times, gather with their own age-mates. Costume challenges, assemblies, parties, age-appropriate activities, classes, quests, and house time all create the feel of being in the wonderful world of Harry Potter. Wiogora fosters a love of learning while promoting kindness, fairness, and the inherent worth and dignity of every person. 
 
Wiogora offers engaging and challenging classes with enthusiastic, vetted instructors who enjoy teaching curious participants the subjects they love. Typical subjects include Spell-Play (acting), Divination (guided meditation), Potions (chemistry), Arithmancy (concepts of math), Transfiguration (artful modification of recyclables), Edible Transfiguration (cooking), Herbology (gardening/plant identification), Defense Against the Dark Arts (resilience), and History of Magic (Harry Potter lore and history of Wiogora). 
Stay Informed! 

Looking for the class schedule?  Click here!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 11, 2018
First Unitarian Church of Worcester
Faith Development for Children and Youth

This Week...
April 13
6:00 YRU2 Service Trip departs - meet in Unity Hall
April 15
Regular Classes
8:00pm YRU2 Service Trip Returns



Coming up...
April 22Regular Classes

4:00  Ordination of Mandy Beal at First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton (see below)
April 29
Regular Classes
11:00am Building Bridges Field Trip to Worcester Friends Meeting House  (see below)



Faith Development Leadership Update

Your Director of Faith Development search committee is hard at work. We are meeting weekly on Sundays. This past week we updated the job description for the DFD, which is now in its final draft. (We'll share it with all of you once it's finalized.)
 
This coming Sunday, we're meeting with Kimberly Sweeney, a Unitarian Universalist faith development consultant who will be supporting us in our FD transition this spring. Here are questions/tasks we have for her:
 
* Job description review
 
* What's the field of available applicants like?
 
* Is our scope of responsibilities reasonable (adults, children, youth, supervision)?
 
* How might we interview candidates? What are best practices?
 
* Review and brainstorm potential interview questions
 
Please ask any of us on the team (Mason Ronn, Paul Belanger, Jen Reidy, Kattia Yauckoes, Jay Lavelle or myself) if you have any questions. We are honored to be doing this work on behalf of First Unitarian Church.
 
Rev. Sarah Stewart
Youth Group Updates

BYKOTA -   There are no more meetings or activities for BYKOTA in April.  Our next meeting is May 6th at 9:15.  We'll use that meeting to get ready for the May 20th Walk for the Homeless.

YRU2  - Thanks to everyone who supported our soup mix fundraiser, and the efforts of our youth and advisors, we made $575!  Our service trip to Boston is this week.  We'll gather on Friday 4/13 in Unity Hall, and return around 8:00pm on Sunday 4/15.  Our trip will focus on poverty, and we will volunteer with UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury and the Outdoor Church in Harvard Square.  If you want to go on this trip, please register by emailing mbeal@firstunitarian.com - TODAY IS THE DEADLINE.SOUP


Building Bridges Field Trip - 4/29quakers

In the coming weeks, our 6th and 7th grade Building Bridges Class will learn about the Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers.  The Worcester Quaker Meeting House has very graciously agreed to host our youth in their service on Sunday, April 29th!

The youth will leave from First U during our morning service, and they have been invited to join in a potluck fellowship at the Meeting House after the Quaker service.  Participating in the potluck will allow our youth a greater opportunity to interact with the children and adults of the Quaker community.  The potluck starts at noon, and our youth are anticipated to be back at First U around 1:30.  They are not expected to bring anything to the potluck.

Parents are asked to complete a very short (3 question) registration form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C3LZ586.

 
Thanks to our parents and teachers for making field trips happen!
Ordination of Mandy Bealordination


I'm very pleased to let you know that my ordination is fast approaching! The service will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 22 at First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton (FUUSN). This is the culmination of several years of preparation for the ministry, including formal education, an internship, and an indescribable amount of personal work and growth.
 
This past September, I was welcomed into preliminary fellowship by the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee. While our UUA headquarters has established guidelines for the training and approval of people for UU ministry, the sacred responsibility of actually ordaining a person to our ministry lies solely with our congregations. Ordination is the act of conferring ministerial authority on a person. In our tradition, it is a congregation's duty to determine if a person possesses the qualities of a minister and is ready for that responsibility.
 
FUUSN formally sponsored my candidacy for fellowship and ordination after I served as their Youth Programs Coordinator during the 2014-2015 church year. Each congregation that I have served over the years has played an important role in my ministerial formation. I plan to honor those relationships with a greeting from each of those congregations, including First Unitarian. Additionally, Rev. Stewart will play an important role in the service.
 
It would mean a lot to me for you to come to my ordination. The service will be followed by a reception.   Childcare is available, please register by April 15 by following this link and completing the
Google form: (https://goo.gl/forms/N3mWMNcmnqA1uath2).
 
In faith,

Mandy
Wiogora School of Wonder & Wisdom: July 22 - August 3rd

Our magical summer program will run weekdays  July 23 - August 3rd  2018,  9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Registration is now open. Visit our website at http://www.wiogora.org/ 
 
Young Scholars 
Wiogora accepts scholars entering 1st through 12th grade
 
ELFS - Equipping Leaders through Fun & Service
A leadership training program for teens ages 15 - 18 
Deadline to apply, April 1, 2018
 
Adult Staff positions available for qualified and creative adults.
 
Wiogora (Wee-oh-gor-ah) is a Harry Potter-themed STEM program at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, offering a unique experience that enhances imagination and creativity while developing a commitment to teamwork and building life skills - All while reinforcing the Unitarian Universalist Principles.
 
Inspired by the books of J.K. Rowling, participants, called "young scholars" ages 6-18, are sorted into four special Hogwarts-style houses, play Quidditch, mix potions, and compete for house points. Young scholars discover their own special power at Wiogora and use it for good in the world. 
 
Participants spend time in multi-age groups, or "houses," and, at other times, gather with their own age-mates. Costume challenges, assemblies, parties, age-appropriate activities, classes, quests, and house time all create the feel of being in the wonderful world of Harry Potter. Wiogora fosters a love of learning while promoting kindness, fairness, and the inherent worth and dignity of every person. 
 
Wiogora offers engaging and challenging classes with enthusiastic, vetted instructors who enjoy teaching curious participants the subjects they love. Typical subjects include Spell-Play (acting), Divination (guided meditation), Potions (chemistry), Arithmancy (concepts of math), Transfiguration (artful modification of recyclables), Edible Transfiguration (cooking), Herbology (gardening/plant identification), Defense Against the Dark Arts (resilience), and History of Magic (Harry Potter lore and history of Wiogora). 
Excellent Volunteer Opportunity!

First U's Faith Development program is seeking teachers and classroom assistants for the 2018-2019 church year! This is a great way to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, support our congregation's mission, and spend time with some of the youngest members of our community. Plus it's a ton of fun!

Teachers are expected to teach 6-8 Sundays per year, with the understanding that plans can change. Each classroom has a teaching team of 4. All of our Faith Development classes use a written curriculum. This means that you will be given a plan to follow each week, along with support from your co-teachers and the Faith Development staff team.
Qualifications:
  • A few hours each week to get ready for class
  • Reasonable expectation that you will be able to teach on "your" Sundays (following a schedule made at the beginning of the year)
  • Ability to communicate well with your teaching team and Faith Development staff
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn
  • Dedication to the values and commitments of First U
  • Warm and fun personality, and an eagerness to work with children and youth
To learn more, please contact Abby Hannaford-Ricardi at ahannaford-ricardi@firstunitarian.com.
Stay Informed! 

Looking for the class schedule?  Click here!