Many parents seek a church experience in order to provide their children with a sense of belonging, meaning, and spiritual identity. They ask questions such as: What will I teach my children about the world? What values do I wish to instill in my children? What spiritual community best reflects my beliefs? Our aim is to provide support to parents as they and their children embark on their spiritual journeys. We believe that parents are a child’s primary religious educator. Our program aims to supplement that with a faith community offering additional opportunities for faith development.
Our program aims to provide a welcoming and nurturing environment in order to:
- Grow multigenerational relationships
- Learn multiple religious perspectives
- Experience and appreciate a sense of awe, wonder, and mystery
- Doubt and ask the “BIG” questions
- Put values of love and service into action
Our RE Program is centered around 5 Core Pillars:
- UU Identity
- UU Principles
- World Religions
- Social Justice
- Environmental Stewardship
This room is for parents and infants. There is a changing table, two port-a-cribs, rocking chairs, baby swing, infant seats, and toys. This room was designed for nursing and feeding, changing diapers, playing, and being together in a quiet space. However, should a parent wish to keep their baby with them, they are welcome to bring them into the sanctuary.
Open from 9:45am until 1:00pm during the program year (9:45am until 11:30am during the summer), our Toddler Room provides loving care for crawling infants through 3 year olds who are not yet potty trained. Parents may opt to stay with their child or leave them in the care of our first-aid-trained childcare providers. Should parents wish to leave their children in childcare, please sign your child in and sign them out when you pick them up. Additionally, should your child require any items necessary for their care, please provide our childcare staff with those items. Should your child be ill or unwell, we ask that you do not bring them to our childcare room. Please refer to our Sick Policy in the Family Handbook. All child-care providers have completed First Aid training.
Curricula: “Celebrating Me and My World” and “Chalice Children”
Starting with “Celebrating Me and My World,” children celebrate their own qualities as they expand their horizons to the things and people around them. “Chalice Children” is designed to help young children learn about their congregation and denomination. It is based on the belief that preschool children gain a sense of belonging to their religious community when they have concrete experiences with its people and places.
K – 1st Grade
Curriculum: Picture Book Unitarian Universalism
This curriculum is a fun and friendly way to introduce our faith to young children. With the help of picture books, the curriculum introduces the concepts of our 7 principles and 6 sources, as well as important holiday traditions throughout the year.
2nd – 3rd Grade
Curriculum: We Believe
This curriculum’s subtitle is “Learning and Living our Unitarian Universalist Principles.” With three sessions dedicated to each of the 7 UU Principles, this curriculum explores what the children already know about the principle, reinforce that theme with a story and an activity, and then gives the children an opportunity take the ideas of the session and translate them into action.
4th – 5th Grade
Curricula: Toolbox of Faith
This curriculum invites the children to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (flashlight).
6th – 8th Grade
Curricula: D’oh God!
This curriculum uses episodes of The Simpson as the basis for in-depth discussions of a wide variety of religious topics. At each class, an entire episode is viewed. After viewing, the class engages in discussion and activities designed to encourage deep contemplation of issues such as prayer, the existence of a soul, cults, and many more.
Children and Adults worship together for the entirety of the service. These services provide community and fellowship on many levels. For more information, click HERE.
Each year the children have an opportunity to participate in the Holiday Pageant. Held the Sunday before Christmas, this service is always a wonderful opportunity for our entire congregation to celebrate the winter holidays as a community.
Each year in November, the RE Committee and RE Families hold the Chili Cook-Off to help raise funds for the RE Program. Not only is this a great opportunity to support the RE Program, it is a great opportunity for some fellowship!