Let’s Keep it Up

Let’s Keep it Up

We have fully settled into our Circle of Trees program, and it seems the children and youth are really enjoying our time together on Sunday mornings. The teachers are, too! We have had several new families join us this month, and we recently had a total of 17 children and youth with us on Sunday morning, which is the highest attendance we've had since the beginning of the pandemic! It has been wonderful to be together, and cohorts of new and returning children have started to spring up with everyone returning to more normal attendance and aided by some fun events outside of Sunday morning, including a pool party hosted by the Smith Scalero family, a wonderful all-church picnic, and a casual beach meet-up. Please send all your gratitude to Nina Smith for planning these wonderful events! I know families have also been finding ways to safely get together for play dates, etc. I'm hopeful this level of attendance means we will be able to break up into smaller age-specific groups when we begin our fall programming, which we recently decided will continue taking place at Estancia Park for the foreseeable future.

As always, I am amazed at our community's ability to cherish the space we've built for ourselves while staying opening and welcoming to newcomers. This is how we make a vibrant future for ourselves and our children here at OCUUC. I'm sure none of us will ever look back on these pandemic times with fondness, but I do hope I always remember the ways we found to connect virtually, the creativity that blossomed among our OCUUC staff and volunteers when discovering new ways to worship, and the care we took when slowly coming back together in person, looking out for one another and trying to make church a safe place for everyone. One Sunday this month we talked about what "one little person can do" to help our world, and I can't help thinking about all the little (and not so little) things all of you do to help our program thrive. I am proud of all we are accomplishing together during these tough times. Let's keep it up!

Wishing you hope and health this week and beyond,
Karen


Karen Magoon Pearson is Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church's Director of Religious Education.