HANDS ON ACTIVITIES • WORSHIP • SERVICE • ART • UU VALUES
WAY COOL SUNDAY SCHOOL is a hands-on, hearts-on approach to Sunday School. We utilize a fun mix of engaging activities that support learning and living our UU principles. Learn more here.
All children and youth, regardless of age, should be registered for Religious Education in order to participate. Registration and classes are FREE. We ask visitors and guests to please register children after their third visit to a Religious Education (RE) class.
Art and Nature
During the summer months, we offer one multi-age class for PreK-6th graders.
- All children will begin in the 10:30am Worship Service for a Story for All Ages and will be 'sung out' as they leave for their classroom following story time.
- The class meets in the Emerson-Thoreau Room at the far end of the Religious Education hallway.
- Please dress children in comfortable (old) play clothes and use sunscreen. On most Sundays we will provide the opportunity to go outdoors and get dirty.
- Volunteers are needed to lead the children's classes each week. Please sign up on the Sign-Up Board located in the RE Hallway or email our Director of Religious Education (Pam Lepley) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rising 7th-12th graders may volunteer to assist with the Religious Education program or they may attend the Worship Service. To volunteer, youth should contact Pam Lepley in advance at email@example.com
Nursery - During the summer months, the nursery is available for newborns through age 3 during adult education classes at 9:00am (Forum and Explorations) and during Worship Services at 10:30am. Hours: 8:45am-noon.
Sunday School Classes - (September thru May)
Infants-Young 3 Year Olds: Nursery, Murray Room
*** Available During Both Services; Up to Age 5 during 9am Service ***
Our youngest children will be cared for by dedicated Nursery Staff Robin Giddings and experienced volunteers. Should you need a place to nurse or otherwise care for or settle your Nursery age child during the Worship Services, we invite you to use our “Settling Room” located next to the Nursery in the Whitney Young Welcome Room. There is a stereo in the “Settling Room” which may be tuned to hear the Worship Service. Please note that while available during both Worship Services, meetings are held in the Whitney Young Welcome Room at 10:00am and immediately following the second Worship Service. Click here to learn more about the nursery.
Older 3 Year Olds - 5 Year Olds Not Yet in Kindergarten: Way Cool Too, Barton Room(This class begins in the Worship Service at 11:00am and the children are dismissed to class after the story.)
Our Pre-Kindergarten class is Way Cool Too! Children in this class will have loving support as they are introduced to world religions through a series of holiday celebrations. In an age appropriate way, the Leaders will help these children begin to explore their faith community and the UU Principles. The class will also spend time outside.
Kindergarten-5th Grade: Way Cool Sunday School, Emerson Thoreau Rooms(This class begins in the Worship Service at 11:00am and the children are dismissed to class after the story.)
Way Cool Sunday School provides the format for HOW we do Religious Education with our K-5 graders. The format incorporates Worship, Social Justice, and Art, as well as hands-on class lessons which support our Principles.
Our elementary aged children continue their explorations of our seven UU Principles in this third year of “Way Cool Sunday School”. We will begin the year getting to know one another through group games and activities before we delve into our 5th, 6th, and 7th principles. We will be particularly mindful of our overall place of privilege as we engage in activities that allow us to consider the question of what "peace, liberty, and justice for all" would really look like in our congregations and our communities.
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Middle and High School YUUTH:
Our youth are encouraged to become active participants in the body of the Fellowship. As they continue their faith formation journeys, youth may choose to attend Worship Services on Sunday mornings, serve in important lay leadership positions, or join the choir.
Youth will meet as a group once a month for lunch and discussion following the Worship Service. They will also have at least one opportunity each month to participate in a community service/social justice or social event as a group. Click here for an overview of Lay Leadership Opportunities for Youth.