Kids, kids, SO MANY kids!
It’s so absolutely, completely, terrifically wonderful to have lots of young families at JUC, right? RIGHT! But…where to put them all? A change in is the works to find enough room for all the precious little two-year-olds and three-year-olds.
Director of Religious Education Annie Scott grins when she says there were 43 pre-schoolers who attended RE classes last year. And then she rolls her eyes.
“That’s too many of the little darlings, even split between two services, for the existing pre-school room” she laments. And then she looks downright verklempt when she says some of the children quit coming on Sunday mornings. “Parents have told me candidly,” she says, that “my kid won’t come because it’s too crowded.’ Some of those families come to Family Worship instead (1st Wednesdays and 3rd Fridays), but it goads Annie that they have to make that choice.
What’s the (*temporary) solution? Starting after the summer, the pre-school class will be held in a larger room in the RE wing: R3/4. More breathing room, Annie says, plus it has a room divider for days that splitting the class into two-year-olds and three-year-olds is a good idea. The current pre-school room will be switched to an elementary class.
What does this have to do with Making Room? *If and when we find a new and larger campus, these are a couple of BIG things for the checklist: larger classrooms, and more of them!
(There are several other serious space challenges in RE – one requiring a switch to limited registration for Sunday morning RE classes . More about that in a future article.)