This Week in Religious Education

What is happening for children, youth, and families at OUUC

All Ages Worship This Sunday

This Sunday will be our annual Water Communion and Ingathering worship service, a worship service that marks the beginning of the church year and the end of the summer here at OUUC. If you have water (symbolic or literal) that represents your journeys (symbolic or literal) this summer, remember to bring it for the water communion ritual.

There will be no religious education classes, other than nursery care for those under 4 years old. Soul Work (what we called "fidget bags" before) will be available (as it now is for ALL worship services). All ages are wanted and welcome in this worship service.

After the worship, stay for lunch! This will also be the first 2nd Sunday Lunch of the new church year. (see more in the announcement below).

High School Group Resumes on Sunday

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All youth in 9th to 12th grades are invited to join us for the first High School Youth Group meeting of the new church year, this Sunday, September 9th, 12:15 - 2pm. There will be lunch (the 2nd Sunday Lunch) and some Get to Know You games, as well as the creation of this year's group Covenant.

Sunday and Every Day: Taking It Home

All summer we have been having "Maker Space", and this last Sunday we finished that program with a viewing of this video and a discussion about making. You can continue the conversation at home:

  • We've had guests and seen people who are really good at some art or craft or making. Do you think they have always been good at their craft? What did they do to get good at it?
  • When you try something new, what has that been like? Was it easy? Hard? Frustrating?
  • What has been the coolest thing you ever made? How did you get that idea? Where did you learn to do that? Did someone help you or show you how?
  • What has been the most disappointing time for you when you tried to make something? Have you ever made a big mistake or a big failure? What did that feel like? What did you learn?
  • What's next for you as a maker? What do you want to try, learn, make, or do?

Looking Ahead, Sunday September 16th

ALL religious education classes will resume on September 16th. One big change:

All families are invited to attend our first Family Chapel which will begin right at 11:00 in Classroom 4 and 5. In other words, on this Sunday families will not be starting in the sanctuary for the main worship service, but instead will have an alternative worship service.

This will be the only program for children in 1st-5th grade, but those in Middle School will exit during the Chapel to begin their group building and write their group covenant for this year. Children in the Spirit Play class for PreK will have the option of exiting to their classroom for worktime, or may remain with their families for the rest of chapel.

No child will be turned away from chapel if they come alone, however chapel is meant to be a family experience - a time to learn to worship and do spiritual practice together, and get practices and songs and rituals that you can take home with you and add to your family life at home.

I look forward to worshiping with you!

Our Whole Lives for 7th-8th Grades Parent Orientation (Mandatory)

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 6:30-9pm

2315 Division Street Northwest

Olympia, WA

Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive, holistic, values-based sexuality education program. Learn more at:

This year the 7th-8th grade program will be offered on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm. It is a school-year long program. All 7th and 8th graders (or the homeschooled equivalent) are welcome, whether or not they attend OUUC or are Unitarian Universalists. Class size is limited to 16 participants, email to reserve a spot.

Parents or legal guardians must attend the mandatory Parent Orientation or make arrangements in advance to meet with our Director of Religious Education, Sara Lewis, for a make-up orientation. Dinner will be provided, youth do not need to attend. Contact Sara if you need to arrange childcare.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Yours in Faith,

Sara Lewis, credentialed religious educator, master level

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Summer Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10-1pm. Available by appointment Tuesday-Sunday. Monday is my sabbath day, and I will not answer phone or email as I engage this spiritual discipline of pausing. or

360-786-6383 x. 102