A Vibrant Religious Education Program for Children & Youth
Religious Education and special activities are open to children of members, friends, and visiting families. We begin in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. to enjoy the "Story for All Ages", then to to the classrooms for lessons and activities. The children return to the sanctuary on Communion Sundays (bi-monthly, refer to the class schedule).
In order to ensure that children and youth are well grounded in many different aspects of our religious traditions, we have chosen three basic areas of religious education and run on a three year cycle:
- UU Identity with Peace & Social Justice
- World Religions
- Judeo-Christian Heritage, Bible Study
We offer a Religious Education program that teaches our children what it means to be a Christian Unitarian Universalist. We use the teachings of Jesus while exploring the teachings of many different world religions. We believe our children and youth should be exposed to many ideas, expressions, and practices in order to develop a respect and appreciation for the insight and wisdom of different cultures and faith traditions. Without imposing rules and doctrines, we strive to provide our children with spiritual and ethical tools to make positive choices and embrace life with open hearts. The focus for 2016/2017 is UU Identity with Peace & Social Justice. See below for specific class details.
3 months - 5 years
The Nursery is open every Sunday from 9:45 – 11:15. Childcare is available for infants, toddlers, and children who are 3 months to 5 years old. It is well equipped with toys and art supplies. Our childcare providers are Red Cross/CPR certified. They create a warm, friendly, and accepting atmosphere so that the children are comfortable and happy. Parents are welcome to spend as much time in the nursery as they feel necessary.
K - 4th Grade
The Beginner Group will study a UU Identity curriculum entitled “Spirit of Adventure”. This program emphasizes learning from physical movement, challenge, and adventure. Themes will be used to teach UU Principles and Sources. Beginning with the theme of Sports, which offers important parallels to the UU way of being in the world by teaching sportsmanship and teamwork. The theme of Science teaches reason and curiosity. The children will learn about food and nurturing others. Other themes are: Medicine, Winter Holidays, Building, Exploring and Web of Life. Spirit of Adventure offers a different way of learning UU Identity through activities such as: dissecting technology, interviewing a sports coach, building cantilevered architecture using graham crackers, and singing Jingle Bells in “dog” language!
The Primary Group will enjoy the same program as the Beginner Group. They will study UU Principles & Sources through the program entitled “Spirit of Adventure” which will be taught at a 5th grade level. See description above.
6th - 12th Grade
The curriculum for 2016/2017 will consist of two programs: “Traditions with a Wink!” and “Heeding the Call – Qualities of a Justice Maker”.
Traditions with a Wink emphasizes an understanding of UU faith that replaces the vague “We believe anything we want to” statement with “We come from a long tradition of questioning and searching. We come from a long tradition of loving kindness and good works. We have powerful stories and visions of hope”.
Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker offers a unique opportunity to engage youth in the critical work of developing skills as Unitarian Universalists committed to social justice. The classes encourage youth to reflect on their own lives while also making connections to lives lived by others. Justice does not come into being automatically. Individuals must work together, learn together, listen together, laugh together, and heed the call together.
Special activities are offered on occasion throughout the year in place of a formal lesson. These activities provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to spend time together on a project. This year, special activities will include: art, gardening, bird house building & painting, bell tower tour, scarecrow building, guest speaker, animal guest, field trip, community service, and fundraisers.