BAUUC’s Fall Festival is an annual fund raiser put on by the Religious Education Ministry to raise money and awareness for UNICEF (the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund), in conjunction with the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project. The festival is held on the Sunday afternoon before Halloween and includes lunch and activities for all ages such as hayrides and carnival games. The junior high and high school youth participate in the planning and execution of the Fall Festival.
Multicultural Week is a week-long summer program at BAUUC designed to help our our children become more aware of other cultures and work towards a better understanding of differences and commonalities. Three to four countries are chosen and classrooms are transformed and decorated to represent each country. Teachers research how to best present their cultures, through music, arts, crafts, activities and ethnic foods. A presentation and an evening of celebration conclude the week-long activities. In the past 20 years, we've visited over 50 countries with our children and can't wait to see where we'll go next summer.
Half-Hour Heroes is a children's Religious Education project with an intergeneration bond-building goal. On Wednesday nights, we provide 30 minutes of time for an adult member of the church to get to know the children (ages 5 to 10 years old) of the congregation through sharing their knowledge and hobbies. Half-Hour Heroes expands our children's knowledge of the adults in the church.
Baywind Village Outreach
As part of our outreach and multigenerational activites, we have quarterly projects with the nearby Baywind Village Nursing Home. These projects are centered around holidays and events like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day. Children, youth and adults work together on certain craft projects on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights. The finished crafts are then delivered by the children (and anyone else who'd like to help) to the Baywind residents.
At BAUUC, we are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for all ages to gather and learn and grow in spirit together. Families attend the first portion of worship together every Sunday and a time for storytelling is set aside specifically for our children. At least four or five times a year, a Sunday morning worship service led by the our Minister and Director of Lifespan Religious Education is specifically designed for all ages. Our high school youth also regularly participate in worship services as storytellers, readers, ushers and musicians.
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