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 2018-2019 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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2017-2018 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 – 3: Picture Book UU: This curriculum explores Unitarian Universalism using beautiful and engaging picture books.  Each lesson is complemented by an age-appropriate art or movement based activity, such as junk sculpture, bells for joy and justice, Pin the Star on the Constellation, and other creative endeavors.  

Grades 4 & 5: Toolbox of Faith: This curriculum invites fourth- and fifth- grade participants 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 16 sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight).

Grade 6: Fifth Dimension: The Twilight Zone tackled a diversity of social issues and political statements not seen in shows of its time.  The Fifth Dimension uses episodes of The Twilight Zone as the basis for in-depth discussions of a wide variety of 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.

Grades 7 & 8: Building Bridges: This is a world religions program designed to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. This exploration nurtures participants’ positive outlook toward other faiths and the people who follow them. Over the course of the year the group will visit or attend services of other religious faiths.

Grade 9: Affirmation: In this Coming of Age program for teens, youth meet as a group and individually with a mentor from the congregation as they work toward distilling their beliefs within Unitarian Universalism.  The program includes a UU Heritage trip to Boston, community service, two retreats, and culminates in a written credo statement presented to the congregation on Affirmation Sunday in May. (Participation in Our Whole Lives is generally a pre-requisite.)

Cooking for a Cause: Once a month, generally on the 2nd Sunday, children in grades 1 – 8 collaborate as a group to bake or prepare a special treat that will be available for the congregation to purchase following the service. The proceeds will go to a charitable organization that the children help to choose.

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, discuss a TED Talk, or work on a service project. There will also be opportunities for outings, Youth Cons, independent projects, assisting in an RE classroom, stewardship, and social justice activism.  

Junior Youth Group for Grades 6 – 8: The group meets one Sunday evening each month, generally the fourth Sunday, from 6-7:30 PM, and holds one outing, special activity, or community service project each month. Chat, play games, eat snacks, relax, discuss politics, religion, school, families, friendship, books, movies, video games, the meaning of life, or anything that feels important to the group!. Over the course of the year we might also have an over-night, invite youth from other churches to come here for a get-together, or travel to other congregations to collaborate with their youth groups.

Faith in Action: Social justice work is central to Unitarian Universalism. Empowering children to find ways to practice the Seven Principles is an important goal of our RE program. Once per month, generally on the second Sunday, children in grades 1 – 6 will work together to put their UU faith into action through service to our church, our community, and our world.

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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