parents as religious educators
Encourage regular attendance • Children who attend regularly feel like participants, and do not feel left out because they’ve missed something. They will get a better understanding of the curriculum, especially since many units of study last several weeks.
Show an interest • Ask your child what went on in RE each week and encourage discussion of his or her opinions. (Very young children may give the standard answer of, “nothing” but will become forthcoming sometime later if you don’t ask.)
Stay informed • The monthly newsletter and weekly congregation email is our main means of communication with you. Please read these carefully to be up to date on RE ongoings, service projects, or upcoming special events.
Keep US informed: of changes in your contact information and any significant changes in family life that may impact your children. We want to support you and your children as much as possible!
Share YOUR beliefs • Let your child know your religious beliefs. Talk about how you act on beliefs about fairness, tolerance, etc., and provide your child with opportunities to do so as well. Explain why you chose this fellowship and what it means to you.
Volunteer to help • Our RE program is successful thanks to its many dedicated volunteers! Please consider volunteering as a classroom facilitator, on the RE Committee, in the nursery, or for our summer programs. In this way, you will be modeling the volunteerism that sustains our fellowship and denomination. Even if you are not sure you want to commit to several weeks of leading lessons, there are many opportunities for your participation. We all have the ability to make a lasting impression. We all have something to share.
We Want Your Feedback! Let us know how we are doing. We welcome your ideas and suggestions. Whether or not you have children in Religious Education classes, your support is vital to the progress and success of our RE Program. Remember, the children in RE today are the congregation members of tomorrow, so stay involved. Let us know what kinds of curricula you would like to see, participate in intergenerational services, and stay connected!
Questions? Contact the Director of Religious Education, Chelsea Churpek, at email@example.com