Sunday school this year

CUF Children’s Curriculum 2021-22

Out and About with the CUF Elementary Class
As you may remember the CUF Elementary Class is meeting outside from 9:45 am to 11:15 am each Sunday – rain or shine! So far we have met in the Jernigan’s back yard on the Stillwater River, at the Littlefield Botanical Garden at UMaine and at one of the UMaine cattail ponds. Our theme is “We Are Guests” and amidst mushroom hunts, canoe paddles, story books and cattail weavings, we have begun to explore together what it would mean to get to know the Earth like a family member and to be the best possible family visitors. Some of the beings we have encountered so far include: a grass snake, 3 big turtles, a tiny 2 inch turtle, a beautiful water lily, an insane variety of mushrooms, and the amazing cattail plant (which provides water-resistant construction material, 4 kinds of food, medicine for sunburn, tinder for fire building, insulation, blankets for babies, and on and on). If you have not yet read the picture book The First Blade of Sweetgrass: A Native American Story written by Orono residents Gabriel Frey and Suzanne Greenlaw or the adult book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, we highly recommend them both. And we hope you enjoy the photos which we have been taking on our adventures!