Religious Education Program

World Peace with ChildrenNursery available at  11 AM every Sunday for the young ones.

Nursery (Infants – 3 yrs.) Child care in the Nursery is provided by a staff member with the assistance of loving volunteers. Parents are also most welcome to keep their young ones with them during service. For those who prefer, there is a program room at the back of the sanctuary where a small activity box is available

It’s time to register for the 2019-2020 Religious Education Program

The curriculum focus will be UU identity and faith formation. We have program offerings for children and youth from birth – age 18.

Online registration is simple and takes just a few minutes. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

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2019-2020 Religious Education for
Children and Youth Curriculum
Every Sunday at 11 AM*

Pre-K & Kindergarten: Spirit Play: The goal of Spirit Play is to help children live into their own answers to the existential questions: Where did we come from? What are we doing here? How do we choose to live our lives? This highly successful Montessori based program engages children using stories from many traditions and group “wonderings.” Children choose work activities, sing songs, and partake in a “feast” each week.

Grades 1 & 2: Picture Book World Religions: This curriculum offers an introduction to Bible stories from the Hebrew & Christian traditions, as well as Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist faiths using beautiful and engaging picture books. Each lesson is complemented by an age appropriate art or movement based activity, such as Arabic alphabet calligraphy, cooking with dates for Ramadan, peacock feather art, sand play, and more.

Grades 3 & 4: Love Will Guide Us: In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask: questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. All sessions highlight love as a central aspect of Unitarian Universalism. Using the night sky and the North Star as metaphors, participants are “guided to love.”

Grades 5 & 6: Holidays & Holy Days: This much loved curriculum, revised and updated in 2018, celebrates the origin and meaning of different holidays and holy days around the world in a variety of eastern, western and indigenous religions. Each lesson relates other traditions to Unitarian Universalist principles and values.

Grades 7 & 8: Our Whole Lives (OWL): This nationally recognized, highly successful UU program on human sexuality is designed to help adolescents acquire accurate information, develop positive attitudes, and make healthy decisions about the role of sexuality in their own lives. Advisors are trained by the UUA. Participation requires regular attendance and parental permission.

Grade 9: Breakfast with TED: TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing important ideas on a variety of topics. TED brings together the world’s most innovative people to deliver short, powerful talks on issues that matter. This newly created program for ninth graders uses TED Talks to engage youth and spark meaningful conversations, all while enjoying breakfast, of course! Youth will also have the opportunity to explore different volunteer roles in the congregation.

The Kindness Project: One Sunday a month, generally the second Sunday, children in grades 1 – 6 come together as a group to explore the second UU principle, “Be kind in all we do.” Over the course of the year, children will explore kindness concepts like “A simple act can change the world,” and “You never know what other people are going through,” and “Assume good intent” as they perform a random act of kindness (RAK).

Junior Youth Group for Grades 6 – 8: The group meets one Sunday evening each month, generally the fourth Sunday, from 5 – 6:30 PM. A typical meeting includes time to check in, reflection on one of the Seven UU Principles, and games or other activities. Opportunities for community service and other special events such as outings or parties are also offered throughout the year.

Youth Group for Grades 9 – 12: Several different types of programming are incorporated to best meet the needs and interests of our high school youth. At bi-monthly meetings the group will get together to talk, play games, cook, eat, watch a movie or work on a service project. There will also be opportunities for social activities outside the building. This year’s program will also include fund raising to help the youth attend UU General Assembly in Providence in June 2020.

Club UU is a social group for children in grades 1–5. It will meet the third Friday of each month, October – May from 6 – 8 PM to provide the children an opportunity to spend time with their UU peers outside of Sunday mornings, and to help build a sense of community. At these meetings we will share a snack, play cooperative games, and just have lots of fun!

Ongoing Programs

Children’s Worship usually begins each session in the chapel on the Garden Level.

Multi-generational Worship is scheduled approximately once per month.

Music is a vital part of the Unitarian Universalist Society: East experience and we are lucky to have volunteers who direct our children’s choir. Sometimes we even have accompaniment by Reverend Josh on drums!! Children’s Choir meets September thru May, with rehearsals at 10:30 AM between services.

*Unless otherwise noted.

Religious Education for Children and Youth.

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