‘Holy chaos’ indeed reigned over our Pop Up Christmas Pageant on December 21st! Our choir section was filled with stars and angels, our chancel crowded with shepherds, sheep, wise people, and animals of all shapes and kinds — not to mention Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus. I even saw some additional angels “pop up” in the congregation!
Many thanks to Glenn Lindmark and Jaime Castle for costume coordination and construction, to Kay Inskeep for on-the-spot costuming, to Les Tacy and additional wonderful singers and musicians, to our narrators Jill Beyette and Regina Pugh, and to all of you who took part in our no-rehearsal pageant or provided an enthusiastic audience. It was totally awesome!
Thanks also go out to Marleen Johnson and Kyle Mesrin for hosting the Heritage Family Holiday Night. Good cheer and fun accompanied gingerbread house and ornament construction.
Perhaps these events have launched some new holiday traditions for Heritage?
We barely get a moment to breathe before the New Year brings new opportunities to the forefront. In other places in this Heirloom you can read of HUUC’s plans during Rev. Bill’s sabbatical. Please read these carefully and be assured that our beloved community will continue to provide care for each other in his absence.
We also begin recruiting for our late winter/spring series of religious education classes. Our current courses conclude at the end of January and then we transition to new curricula and new teaching teams. Perhaps 2015 is your year to get to know our wonderful Heritage children and influence the future of Unitarian Universalism?
I invite you to click through these links to learn more and talk to me soon!
Preschool: Chalice Children
In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/chalicechildren/
Kindergarten/First Grade: Creating Home
This program helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/home/
2nd/3rd Grade: Moral Tales
Provides children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices and take actions that reflect their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values. http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/tales/
4th/5th Grade: Sing to the Power
Affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders. http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/sing/
Junior High: Building Bridges (continued)
A world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/
2014 was a great year. 2015 will be even better! Won’t you join us?
Rev. Leslie Woodward,
Assistant Minister for Religious Education