RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Classes for children and youth meet most Sundays. The entire congregation participates in the early part of the worship service, including the sharing of Joys & Sorrows and the singing of “Spirit of Life,” for which our regular young members offer a sign language interpretation. Third Sundays of each month are usually intergenerational services, featuring a Time for All Ages and an entire worship experience geared for all congregants.
Younger Children adjourn to their classrooms before the sermon most Sundays. Story time and activities are inspired by the day’s theme and help children explore their own beliefs and values. Classes often relate to an issue of social justice, and to building skills of empathy and generosity. One of our goals is to spark interesting family conversations on the ride home!
Teens and Tweens remain in the sanctuary and discuss the sermon in a facilitated conversation following the service. It’s a great time to build friendships and to articulate complex thinking around big questions.
Nursery Care is provided for infants and toddlers most Sundays but parents may choose to keep their child with them during the worship service. If your child becomes restless you’re welcome to listen to the service through the speakers in the Lounge. Activity bags are available on the coat pegs near the entrance to the sanctuary.
All Children and Youth learn age-appropriate applications of Unitarian Universalist Principles, such as respect for all persons, and about the Sources of Our Living Tradition, including the religions of the world. There is no fee for children to participate. Families of participants contribute financially to our church through annual pledging, and/or volunteer in our programs as their interests and abilities allow.
Our programs hold our children in love, ignite their passion for justice, and offer them the opportunity to dive deeper into the beauty and complexity of our Unitarian Universalist faith. We hope to help our children find the language with which to develop their own answers to such big-picture questions as:
- Who am I?
- Where did I come from?
- What is my purpose?
- What are my gifts?
- How do I choose to live my life?
- Why am I sometimes lonely and sad?
Our Mission is to provide a religious and moral environment that encourages the development of personal beliefs and values, the acceptance of self and others, and a sense of belonging to the church community. The Religious Education Committee has developed the following goals for the children participating in the program:
- Develop respect for one’s self, for others, and for divergent ideas;
- Become responsible for one’s self;
- Identify as members of the Unitarian Universalist faith;
- Become aware of other religions;
- Recognize the support of a caring church community;
- Recognize one’s own ability to bring justice and love to this community and to the larger world.
We are committed to a safe environment. Our volunteers are trained, always work in pairs, and operate in classrooms that have windows opening onto a central and busy hallway.
Sermon: “Religious Education and You”