HANDS ON ACTIVITIES • ARTISTIC EXPESSION • MULTIGENERATIONAL WORSHIP • SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY
Our Religious Education program offers 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.
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.
Sunday School Classes - (September thru May)
Infants - Young 3 Year Olds: Nursery, Murray Room
*** Available During Both Services; Up to Age 5 during the 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.
3 Year Olds - 5 Year Olds Not Yet in Kindergarten: The Rainbow Connection, 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 will follow the curriculum: The Rainbow Connection. Children in this class will have loving support as they are introduced to the ideas behind the Seven Principles and as we focus on the values inherent in each. 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: Super Heroes - Bible People, Emerson Thoreau Rooms(This class begins in the Worship Service at 11:00am and the children are dismissed to class after the story.)
In a world where so often "might makes right" and at an age when they are beginning to form values that will take them through their lives, your children are about to meet super heroes from the Bible who were "powerful with brains and even stronger in their hearts." The goals of Super Heroes - Bible People are:
- To introduce children to the stories of people from the Bible who have acted with courage and wisdom in their attempts to lead their lives fully and make the world a better place for others;
- To show how the lives of these people confirm the principles which we, as Unitarian Universalists, strive to promote ;
- To encourage the children to lead their own lives fully and to use their own positive "super powers" as they interact with the world around them, and as they do so, to grow both spiritually and ethically.
Middle and High School YUUTH:
Our yuuth are encouraged to become active participants in the body of the Fellowship. As they continue their faith formation journeys, yuuth may choose to attend Worship Services on Sunday mornings, serve in important lay leadership positions, or join the choir. Click here for an overview of Lay Leadership Opportunities for Youth.
There are two opportunities for yuuth to gather as a group each month. They will also have several opportunities during the year to participate in community service/social justice, social events, and interfaith programs.
- Sunday Social for Senior High Yuuth
High School yuuth gather from 4:00-6:00pm on the second Sunday of the month for check-in and conversation over dinner. This is an important opportunity to socialize and bond for our older youth who typically volunteer on Sunday mornings. Please rsvp to email@example.com by the Friday before so that we order sufficient food - and to alert us of any food allergies.
- Seminar: Life Skills 101 for Middle and High School Yuuth
Middle and High School yuuth gather from 4:00-6:00pm on the third Sunday of the month for a seminar on life skills. Throughout the year we will explore a variety of life skills including: yoga/meditation; membership opportunities and benefits for youth; first aid; cooking; and basic home and auto repair/maintenance.
Our Whole Lives - sexuality education for Middle School
Middle School Youth may participate in the optional sexuality education program called "Our Whole Lives". In order to participate, at least one parent/guardian must have participated in a mandatory Orientation at 10:30am on September 23rd in the Fellowship's Library. You must contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if you are unable to attend that meeting in order to make arrangements for attending a make-up Orientation.
The Our Whole Lives (OWL) program offers age-appropriate, accurate, and honest information about sexuality. The middle school program is comprehensive and encourages open communication between yuuth and their parents/guardians. In addition to attending the Orientation, parents/guardians must also sign a permission form and register their yuuth for the Religious Education program. OWL classes will begin on October 7 and will meet on most Sundays through mid to late April. Classes will meet in the Library (with breakout groups sometimes meeting in the Anthony room) from 10:30am-Noon on the scheduled Sundays. Please contact Pam Lepley at email@example.com for more information or to make arrangements to attend the make-up Orientation session.