Religious Education program begins September 17 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]
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 RE program!
Click here to register for classes: Religious Education Registration Form
Nursery care for those under the age of 4 is available downstairs in the nursery every Sunday from 9-11 am when there are Religious Education classes. Children of all ages are always welcome to stay in our worship service with their parent/guardian. Our paid care provider is Wendy Rowbotham. A second volunteer helps Wendy each Sunday. Parents are welcome to stay with their child in the nursery.
Kindergarten through Grade 2 – World of Wonder
Founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development, this program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery.
Grades 3-6 Harry Potter and UU – Author: Karen Hager
This social action curriculum is based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The class forms Dumbledore’s Army and fights seven real-world Horcruxes, such as Illiteracy, Hunger, Poverty, Animal Cruelty and more! Students will achieve tangible results on real problems facing the world.
The following three classes typically rotate from year to year. These are some of Unitarian Universalism’s most loved children’s education classes. Please contact the Director of Religious Education for details about the current class offerings.
Neighboring Faiths The Neighboring Faiths class is designed for kids in grades 6-9. The class meets weekly to learn about various religious and faith traditions from around the world. Classes include discussions on Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism, Native American spirituality, Buddhism, and more. The most exciting parts of the class are the field trips that are taken to various places of worship. The year culminates in a trip to Boston to visit a Muslim mosque and a Hindu Temple. The kids spend an overnight with the Neighboring Faiths class from a UU church in Boston.
Our Whole Lives The Our Whole Lives curriculum is a lifespan sexuality curriculum that is created by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. The 7th -9 th grade curriculum is offered every three years by trained OWL teachers in a safe, accepting, environment. The class focuses on age appropriate aspects on sexuality, self-care, relationships, and sexual identity and health.
Coming of Age 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 kid 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.
Youth in grades 8-12 are invited to attend Youth Group. Our Youth Group meets twice a month on the second and fourth Sundays from 6-7:30 pm. We have wonderful Youth Group leaders, and equally wonderful youth. Every other year the Youth Group visits Nicaragua for their bi-annual service trip. Click here to see more information.