Religious Education Program for Children and Youth
Interested in signing up your child for Children & Youth Religious Education? Contact the the Religious Education Coordinator.
Sunday Mornings: Children and youth begin the worship service with their families, including a special message for all ages, The Children’s Circle. Then they may participate in religious exploration classes with activities designed for their age group. Some worship services are designed for all ages to participate in together, and no classes are offered at those times.
Nursery - Preschool (up to age 5-6): Nurturing care and creative play for our youngest children is available in the nursery.
Kindergarten - 5th Grade Class: Stories, experiential learning, and creative projects help children get to know Unitarian Universalist principles and how they can guide our actions. We use a variety of curricula from the Tapestry of Faith program (see samples here: https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children) and child-led service projects.
Middle & High School Class (Grades 6 through 9): At this time we have a combined middle and high school class, focusing on discussion and development of beliefs. Tapestry of Faith curricula is often used for this age group (see samples here: https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth) to explore common questions and learn about faith.
Social Justice: Children and youth participate in service projects, typically directed by their interests. These may include helping at a food bank, raising money for local charities such as homeless shelters or the Humane Society.
Sex Education: Age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education may be offered for K-1st grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, or 10th-12th grade on a voluntary basis. The “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) curriculum focuses on respect, responsibility, accurate information, and inclusiveness. Learn more about OWL here: https://www.uua.org/re/owl. Contact the RE Coordinator to find out when OWL classes are offered.
Kids' Garden: A garden space in front of the church helps children connect with nature.
Milestones and Other Celebrations: Parents may choose to have a Child Dedication Ceremony welcoming their children into the church community. Graduating high school seniors have a coming-of-age commemoration known as a Bridging Ceremony. We celebrate holidays and seasons with a Harvest Fair, Easter Egg Hunt, and other traditions that bring together members of all ages to create memories.