Board of Christian Education

August 13, 2019

The Board of Christian Education met on Tuesday, August 13. We heard a presentation by Mike Nagy of the Board of Trustees about proposed security updates in rooms used by the Annandale Cooperative Pre-School. We also discussed the need for safety and security drills for the entire congregation. After extensive discussion, the Board approved two requests for financial support for Christian-education-related training and for Tom Morgan's seminary studies. At the conclusion of the youth mission trip, the Board still has enough funds in its operating budget to cover anticipated expenses for the rest of this year. The Board also discussed its possible role in the continuation of the First Friday program, if the congregation decides that program should continue.

June 16, 2019

Summer Church School Volunteers Needed

Looking for a fun way to help out over the summer? Volunteer to teach church school! Each Sunday we need 2 adults to sign up to teach our multi-age church school class. We still have lots of space open! Please sign up as you are available on the roster in the Narthex, and Pastor Alexis will send you the lesson plan!

May 14, 2019

The Board of Christian Education met on Tuesday, May 14. The Board discussed recent successful fundraising efforts in support of this summer's youth mission trip. We have exceeded our goal and needs for this year's trip. The Board will continue summer adult education this summer with another series of TED talks followed by discussions. This series will begin June 9 and run through August 25. During the Sunday service on June 2, the Board will recognize church school teachers, First Friday volunteers, and recent graduates. We plan to distribute small appreciation gifts to volunteers, as well as laundry baskets to high-school graduates.

May 5, 2019

Honoring our Graduates: Deadline: May 29

On Sunday, June 2, we will honor members of our church family who graduated this spring or have done so since last June. This includes graduates from high school, college, technical school, or graduate school. If that describes you or a family member, please notify the church office in writing ( as soon as possible. Please include the graduate’s name, school and degree, relationship (if not a Little River UCC family member) and, for high school graduates, whether they will continue their education, military service, etc. Also, please let the office know about any address changes for graduates listed in the church directory. Please email this information to the office before Wednesday, May 29.

April 21, 2019

Help Design the Next LRUCC T-Shirt! Calling all children and youth artists! The Boards of Christian Education and Outreach and Social Justice are teaming up to create a new church t-shirt! This would be something everyone in the congregation could wear out in the world as a visible witness to the values we share as a community of faith. We are asking all children and youth to think about symbols that embody who we are at Little River UCC and create designs based on their ideas. We will be collecting submissions until May 13. For questions and additional information, please contact Pastor Alexis at

April 9, 2019

The Board of Christian Education met on Tuesday, April 9. The Board discussed a proposal to create a dedicated funding stream to support youth mission trips in the future. This funding mechanism would be created in memory of Rev. Ginna Minasian Dalton, who was a strong proponent of youth mission work during her service at LRUCC. The Board finalized plans for children's activities for Easter. The TED talks series will happen again on Sundays this summer. The Board discussed the possibility of having regularly scheduled fellowship events for the youth of the church. Since the First Friday program may be ending as we have known it, the first Friday of each month might be a logical time to schedule such events. Anyone who has questions or concerns should contact the Board at

March 17, 2019

The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper to benefit the youth mission trip to Puerto Rico this summer was a great success! We raised $1,755 toward our goal of $4,000. Thank you to everyone who came and supported our youth! Our next fundraiser will in conjunction with Open Mike Night on April 27th where youth will be offering an array of baked goods in support of the trip. A reminder that on Easter Sunday we will have a Time for Children and Church School at the 9:00 service only, followed by an Easter Egg search for children and youth at 10:00. Plans were discussed to offer an adult education series on Mental Health First Aid over the summer.

February 12, 2019

The Board of Christian Education met on Tuesday, February 12. The primary topic for discussion was fundraising for the youth mission trip this summer. The Board plans to work with the youth and teachers of church school classes to design a T-shirt for Little River UCC. Proceeds from the sale of this shirt to the Little River community will go to partial funding of the mission trip. The Board also discussed the importance  and urgency of working with the Racial Justice Coalition to develop a framework for discussing racism with the children and youth of the church, particularly in the context of recent news from the state government in Richmond. Questions? Contact the committee at

December 20, 2018

The Christian Education Board met on Thursday, December 20 to prepare their annual report and discuss plans for the upcoming year. Our adult education class We Make the Road by Walking will continue through the winter and spring; new class members are always welcome! We are tentatively planning on offering TED talk discussions in the summer. If there is a TED talk that you enjoyed and would love to discuss with church members, let us know! Also look for more family social events in the upcoming year, designed to build community amongst our families, children, and youth.

September 20, 2018

The Board of Christian Education met on Thursday, September 20. The Board discussed residual financial issues having to do with the youth mission trip, but these issues will be resolved before the end of the year without putting the Board into a deficit. The first Safe Church training is scheduled for September 23; the second one, previously scheduled for October 5, may be re-scheduled. The Board explored possibilities for a mission trip for the summer of 2019. Bible Sunday will take place on October 28, which is also Consecration Sunday. The Board will plan a Faith and Film event, possibly to coincide with the Advent Fun Shops in December. The next meeting of the Board will take place on Thursday, October 18.

August 16, 2018

The Christian Education Board met on August 16. Members discussed funding issues related to the mission trip. The board also made final plans for Rally Day, Sunday, September 9, during which children and youth will register for church school for the coming year. Pastor Alexis presented plans to present the OWL (Our Whole Lives) curriculum to youth beginning this fall. The board also discussed creating a more robust implementation of security measures in the educational wing of the church.