Welcome to Tapestry’s Children and High School Youth Religious Education Program

Welcome to Tapestry Church’s Children and High School Youth Ministry and Religious Education Program. We are a small but growing RE program. Our classes are taught by caring adults from all walks of life, including people with backgrounds in education. We follow a special UU Spirit Play curriculum and cater it to the different age groups and the cultural and developmental needs of our children. Older children can be trained to lead the storytelling. Children and youth of all ages can enjoy a multi-age activity followed by learning center activities. A separate High School Youth session will be considered later this year.

Our mission is to teach and model the 7 UU principles and the proposed 8th UU principle, while honoring Sources of wisdom such as all world religions. We seek to empower the children to grow up and become caring, compassionate members of their communities. We vow to:

  • Give unconditional love and respect to each child
  • Give support and respect to each family
  • Practice cultural responsiveness and allow families to participate in the program as much as they would like
  • Make your child’s RE experience a positive, safe, and fun one

2018-2019 Children’s and High School Youth Religious Education Sunday Schedule

Our 2018-2019 Children’s RE schedule beginning Sunday September 16:

Time Activity
11:15-12:00Church Service: Children are offered busy bags and encouraged to participate in the service with their families.
12:00-12:15Refreshments/Snack Time with Families
12:15-1:00RE Program Curriculum – Mahjong Room off Fellowship Hall
1:00-1:15Closing circle: Families are invited to join us for songs and games.
Enrollment Information and Family Survey Forms

Follow the link here to enroll your child in our RE program online. If you prefer a paper version of the forms, we’ve got those too!

Tapestry UU Campus Children's and High School Youth RE Curriculum for 2018-2019

Our full 2018-2019-year curriculum outline and special activities will be posted soon. In January 2019, we will start with a month of Evolution activities based on Connie Barlow’s The Great Story and other sources, culminating in a play performance. The Curriculum Schedule is subject to change based on congregational needs and children’s needs.

Date Story Special Activities 
9/9/2018No RE this weekWater Communion during Church Service and potluck for all ages after the service to welcome our new minister
9/16/2018The Flaming ChaliceMake Chalices to sell for RE program
9/23/2018The Wise People and the ElephantPaper elephants and The Mystery Bag Game
9/30/2018The Mountains of Tibet Make Tibetan Peace Prayer Flats
10/7/2018The Loyal Dog and the Loyal KingInvite SPCA or decorate boxes for dog/cat food drive
10/14/2018Peter Cooper: A Unitarian in History Make 5-Minute Jell-O Salad
10/21/2018The Sign Maker’s AssistantPumpkin Decorating + Make Our Own Powerful Signs
10/28/2018St. Francis and the AnimalsOrganize cat and dog food donations for Interfaith Ministries
11/4/2018The Story of DiwaliMake Diwali lamps to sell at Service Auction at Museum District
11/11/2018All People Need a Vote 
11/18/2018Giving ThanksBread Communion during church service
During RE: Making Butter activity
11/25/2018Mr. Gumpy’s Outing Make Our Own Boats
12/2/2018Story of Chanukah Star of David Craft
12/9/2018Winter Solstice Making Outdoor Ornaments for Wild Animals
12/16/2018The Story of Christmas Decorating Christmas Cookies
12/23/2018Elmer the Patchwork ElephantPatchwork Craft
12/30/2018Story of KwanzaaCreate Your Own Kwanzaa Display
Tapestry UU Campus Children’s RE Co-Coordinators

Regina Puckett has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 28 years, dedicating herself to promoting the Developmentally Appropriate Practices philosophy. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Childcare Management, a Montessori Preschool certification, and a Montessori Infant-Toddler certification. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration. She has been a registered trainer with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System in the state of Texas since 2010, provides clock hour trainings, and teaches CDA classes for Houston area early childhood educators. She is an atheist, practices Buddhism, and enjoys teaching children about world religions, the UU principals and social-emotional skills. She lives with her husband Ken and son Adrian in Houston, Texas. When not working, she loves to cook, bake, garden, play lousy piano and read.

 

Dana Fisher Ashrawi has worked with Religious Education off and on over the past 25 years. She coordinated the RE program at Tapestry’s prior location for two years. In 2006, she was co-coordinator of the elementary curriculum for the Southwest UU Summer Institute (SWUUSI, now called The Point UU). She has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Science and a State of Texas endorsement in English as a Second Language. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. She taught elementary school Gifted and Talented students for 11 years in Houston ISD, and mixed levels for 4 years in Cy-Fair ISD. Currently she works as a technical writer. She is a third-generation Unitarian Universalist, distantly related to the Unitarian slavery abolitionist Rev. Theodore Parker. She is a humanist with Quaker leanings and enjoys creating an environment where children feel wholly appreciated, teaching children about the UU principles and how to celebrate diversity and develop critical and creative thinking. She lives with her husband Ibrahim, a Palestinian humanist of Christian heritage, in Cypress, Texas, and together they enjoy their three young adult children, Sama’an, Alice, and Salwa, who all participated in Young Religious UU activities. Dana loves to cook, garden, play piano, sing, read, and participate in social justice activities, and is trying to help train a rambunctious puppy to be an emotional support dog.