Child/Youth Learning

Religious education (RE) programs include more than classes. On a Sunday you might find the Lower Elementary children singing songs about kindness, the Upper Elementary children engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, the UU Squad raising money for the local homeless shelter. Many programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship, and fun.

Before RE

Under Threes (Birth to 3 years old) In our congregation, the youngest children are welcome in the sanctuary. Some little ones are comfortable in the pews with their family. Some little ones need different places and spaces to explore. The Family Room is at the back of the sanctuary. There are toys and space to spread out in the Family Room while attending the service. The Children’s Library is downstairs in the Social Hall. In the Social Hall you can hear the service. There are toys and more room for little ones to move, play, and explore the books in the library.

Children’s RE

Lower Elementary (Preschool through 1st Grade)
Early childhood spiritual development is related to their own direct experiences. Through dramatic play, creative expression and interactions with others, children come to know their church as a community of people who come together in a sacred place. Our program includes friendship circles, joys and concerns, story, music, and theme-based crafts as well as time where children may explore and participate as they choose.

Upper Elementary (2nd through 5th Grade)
School-age children are more independent, follow the lessons better, and want to share their opinions. Religious exploration lessons focus on the UU Principles and Sources. Our program includes a chalice lighting, shared joys and concerns, stories followed by group conversation, and creative expression through art projects or play activities.

Youth RE

UU Squad (6th to 12th grades)

Religious exploration lessons provide experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful and fun. The classes are a space to connect with others and form friendships. The goal isn’t just to teach youth about our UU faith. We want to encourage conversations that help youth explore the real-world issues they are facing.

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