Religious Education program begins September 16 for children and youth and runs from September through June. It is held concurrently with the 9:30 Sunday Worship Service.
For more information, contact our Director of Religious Education, Jane Clay. [email protected]
Her office hours are 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m and most Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Religious Education Mission Statement
Guided by our Unitarian Universalist Principles, the mission of our program is to:
- Provide a safe, accepting, supportive Fellowship community.
- Teach our children and youth about Unitarian Universalism and world religions, encouraging them to develop a personal spirituality.
- Teach our children to listen to one another and practice what they learn, by caring for each other, our community, and our planet.
- Foster the compassion and confidence that allows our children and youth to use their unique gifts to make a positive change in the world.
Our curricula and classes are based on the Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
- That each and every person is important;
- That all people should be treated fairly;
- That our congregations are places where all people are accepted and where we keep on learning together;
- That each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life;
- That everyone should have a vote about the things that concern them;
- In working for a peaceful, fair and free world;
- In caring for our planet earth.
From “Beginning Unitarian Universalism” by Helena Chapin and Mary Ann Moore.
We strive to incorporate aspects of community and worldwide service into our RE program each year. Some of our service projects include making pies for the homeless shelter, collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry, and supplies for the animal shelters. Our senior high youth group has worked in food pantries and soup kitchens in New York City and will be traveling to Nicaragua for service work in February.
Opportunities for musical enrichment for children abound. We offer Children’s Choir each year, as well as songs during Children’s Chapel and a multi-generational Music Service.
All classes are taught by a large group of wonderful volunteers from the congregation. Our volunteers vary in age from high school youth to senior members of the fellowship. It truly takes a village to run the Religious Education program!
A new registration form, for ALL children and youth through high school, is required and is available at the Fellowship at all times. Current information will be entered/corrected in our directory as well. Even if your child, especially high school age, doesn’t plan to participate, please provide the information. They may like to volunteer, perhaps in the nursery or the classroom! We do not have a youth group this year but it will return and service trips will continue to be part of the youth group experience.
Click here to register for classes: Religious Education Registration Form
For parents of infants and toddlers to approximately age 4, the nursery is available and is staffed to provide consistency. The second person is a volunteer from the fellowship and rotates through a list of names. Of course you may stay together as a family and enjoy the Family Corner in the sanctuary during worship. Coloring pages may be available sometimes and the Fidget Box has some quiet finger toys to use during the worship.
For children age 5 through grade 6/7 Religious education will follow the Soul Matters program to connect with the themes used in our worship services. All ages are combined into one group. They begin with chapel and follow the same Soul Matters themes used in small groups and worship. Soul Matters monthly packets contain lessons and age-appropriate activities and for consistency we use the following questions as a guide:
- Week 1: Head-Who are we? (including some history of Unitarian Universalism)
- Week 2: Heart-How do we feel? (living the principles everyday)
- Week 3: Hands-What do we do? (service to self, our fellowship, our wider community)
This year’s themes are:
September – Vision: The practice of intentional imagination
October – Sanctuary: The practice of finding sacred space within & ensuring welcoming space for all
November – Memory: The practice of honest remembrance & honoring the shoulders on which we stand
December – Mystery: The practice of embracing life with humility and awe
January – Possibility: The practice of personal unfolding and prophetic vision
February Trust: The practice of commitment and faith in a love that won’t let us go
March – Journey: The practice of pilgrimage, courageous growth and patient change
April – Wholeness: The practice of repairing what is broken and knowing we are enough
May – Curiosity: The practice of moving from fear to open-heartedness
June – Beauty: The practice of savoring life’s gifts
Youth in grades 7, 8 and 9 are following the Coming of Age curriculum This class is offered every three years for youth in grades 7-10. The class focuses on encouraging youth to discover and share their own personal spiritual and religious beliefs in a fun and inclusive atmosphere of teachers and advocates. The class includes hiking trips, service projects, a retreat weekend, and much more. Each child also gets to choose an advocate from the congregation. This advocate serves as a support and sounding board as the youth go through the class. The class culminates with each youth sharing their ‘personal credos’ with the congregation in the spring. Judi Hall and Stew Weldon are the facilitators.
There will be no youth group for high school students this year.
Every other year the Youth Group visits Nicaragua for their bi-annual service trip. Click here to see more information.