Sunday, December 8, 2013

Beyond Hogwarts

January 19, 2014, 1-4 pm.  No charge.
Spend a Sunday afternoon brushing up on some of your Hogwarts skills. This workshop for all ages is concurrent to an important ministerial search workshop being held for adults at First U. (We would prefer to offer something really fun rather than just childcare). It's totally free and open to kids who did not attend during the summer and kids who are not from First U.

We will split the group into two age groups (younger and older). Two classes: Spell Play (with Professor Katydid who will be visiting from Florida) and Incantations (with Professor Gibbons). Bring your wand (for dueling), though some practice wands will also be available.

The whole event will be in the classrooms downstairs, so no Quidditch... but it will be a fun afternoon. I hope you join us.

If you are coming, you can say so here, but it would also help us if you signup on the following page:

Stand Up for Kids - Faith in Action

Sunday, December 15 will be our first Faith in Action presentation for an organization proposed by a member of our congregation, Joan Russo.  
Stand Up For Kids        
The mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States.

We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives.        Education (February 9), homeless street kids   Across the U.S., one child runs away from home every 60 seconds. Here in Worcester, the number of homeless school age children registered for class during the 2012-2013 school year is more than 2,000. The numbers would be even more astounding if the children who were not registered for classes were counted in. Even one homeless child on our streets is too many. There are over 2 million homeless kids and young adults in the U.S.A today.
STANDUP FOR KIDS – WORCESTER offers Street Outreach where we find, stabilize and assist youth get into shelter and into programs that will help improve their lives. We also help finding housing, education assistance, vocational development, counseling, health services, transportation services and legal aid. We provide food, clothing and hygiene necessities. We assist the youths with obtaining all the documents needed. The volunteers – we do what we do because we care and we want to empower each of these kids to strive for a better future.   Yes, and yes I will invite the executive director to present the information     The Worcester Program is currently in the process of opening( November 2013) an Outreach Drop In Center so we can provide more services to more high risk and homeless youths.  
There is no other drop in center in Worcester that is focused on the needs of homeless and at risk youths.  Showers, laundry facilities and hot meals will be provided. We have volunteers who are professional counselors and teachers, who will be giving their time to work with the youth to provide needed services. Computers will be available for online GED instruction, finding affordable apartments, job searches, doing home work and keeping in touch with friends.The Outreach Drop In Center will also help provide ongoing support for youth even after they get into housing and need a place to do their laundry and get a free meals while trying to manage on food stamps and working jobs that pay minimum wage and pay rent. Our philosophy will be whatever the youths need or ask for, we plan to try to provide it.
A representative from Stand Up for Kids will be offering a presentation in the chapel from 12-1 pm on Sunday, December 15.  We will collect a 50/50 cash offering for Stand Up for Kids on December 22.