Roots and Wings: Religious Education at SFUC
By Kate Coghlan, DRE
It was just 2 months ago that I wrote about my resolve not to make resolutions. And while that is true, there are times of the year where I naturally start to make changes in my life. Definitely not in January... but spring, is good for that!We’re preparing to do a long and interesting experiment at home (but that’s another article). I’m making some dietarychanges which I’m feeling really good about. We’re renovating a room in the basement to make a new office, andmoving all the RE Supplies in. Craft supplies galore! It’s nice to have materials for creating new story boxes right at myfingertips.And oh, South Fraser Unitarians... a new minister! I know I am not alone in my excitement, and I eagerly welcome Rev.Aikman to our congregation.I am also beginning to contemplate changes for the children’s RE program. It will soon be time to split our program intotwo distinct age groups for certain activities. This won’t be an immediate change, but I think it would be nice to starttesting it out in the fall, so it is time to sow those seeds now (I should start a garden). A divided class, of course, meansneeding a few extra volunteers. If you would like volunteer before I come find you, please let me know right away!Oftentimes, volunteering in this regard tends to be left to the parents but I challenge other people to step up, also. I knowmany of our members have experience with children and would be a huge asset to our program! And please, we aren’tlooking only for people with teaching or RE experience. We only ask that you bring an enthusiasm to learn and help – we will train you in classroom procedures and the SpiritPlay methodology.We ask for a once-monthly commitment from our volunteers, and my bet is you could ask any of our current CRE teamabout the rewards of participating and get an enthusiastic response! Overwhelmingly I hear the idea that we as acongregation have a desire to grow our membership, and I believe strongly that supporting families is one of the bestways to accomplish this goal.
Submitted by Carrie Phillips, Board Secretary
Highlights from the Board Meeting held Feb 2, 2012
Erin Knudsen, Mike Sands, Carrie Phillips,Sandy Chism, Reverend Amanda Aikman, Mona Milne(guest representing the Worship Committee)
Juan Duran has been appointed tofill a vacancy on the Board. (Royce Rourke has,regretfully, resigned from the Congregation.) SandyChism and Rosemary Liburd will begin to search for new physical space. Suggestions will be appreciated.
ALL COMMITTEE REPORTS ARE DUE BYMARCH 31ST.
The AGM is planned for May 27th.
REPORTS FROM LIAISONS:
- ThePeace Arch Hospital is offering a training program for Lay Chaplains.
- Mona reported that only twoSunday Service openings remain to be filled until mid -June.
- At the upcoming AGM on May 18th -20thin Ottawa, resolutions will be voted upon regardingrules changes for Lay Chaplains; CUC Policy onEnvironmental and Socially Responsible Investing;Criminal Justice Policy. On March 11th, Erin will call ameeting for interested persons to discuss issues of congregational input into CUC decisions.
A new member signing ceremony is planned for February 12th during the Service.
The historic records are being held by Ryan Usenik, as chair of Membership Committee.The Adult Education committee has instigated adiscussion of the Robert Latham book “Church FollyLane” after the Service on February 19th and February26th. A coffee helper is needed for the second Sundayof each month. The Board will sponsor two delegates tothe Ottawa AGM CUC meetings from May 18th to May20th. The delegates’ expenses for travel, registrationand reasonable accommodation will be covered.SFUCwill sponsor one child’s registration for the SasamatCamp. The child selected should have participated inour R.E. Program. An opportunity to “Meet and Greet”our new minister, Amanda Aikman, is planned for February 26th after her first Service. Amanda will helpthe Congregation discern its calling, and to examine itsmission.The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. The next meetingwill be on Tuesday, February 28th between 3:30 p.m.and 5:30 p.m. at the home of Mike Sands.