Children (preschool-8th grade)
We offer religious education program for kindergarten through high school. Our programs build relationships through being in community and getting to know one another. By sharing, listening and working together we hope to deepen our relationships and strengthen our spiritual connection to our own community and that of the larger world.
Summer 2017 Program
Sundays through August 27th, we will offer two services to our young people: Nursery care for our toddlers and a “One-room schoolhouse” faith development time for young children of all ages, featuring a check-in time, stories, art activities, and UU identity projects.
Although we have not yet announced our Fall 2017 classes, typical Fall through Spring classes are described below.
Nursery and Preschool
Nursery care is available during the worship service for children from 6 months to 2 years. Our professional paid caregivers are screened for safety. We encourage parents to assist or substitute if needed.
In this class, play and healthy interaction with one another are the foundations. Getting to know our friends and learning about our families, homes and communities are the basis for future faith development. Stories, crafts, seasonal activities and creative play in a safe environment are the means to build community.
Wisdom Seekers (Grades 1-5)
Wisdom seekers engage in activities based on our monthly worship themes. Children attend the beginning of the worship service with their families. After the Story for All Ages, the children gather in Fahs Theater for a brief check-in, then choose two or three activities – art, discussion, movement, etc.
Children work in areas they find interesting/ comfortable/challenging. Activity options connect to the worship theme as much as possible, and will sometimes blend specific lessons from the Tapestry of Faith curricula.
Faith Explorers (Grades 6/7)
Middle School-aged children are ready to engage more deeply in ideas and action. Faith Explorers work with two Unitarian Universalist curricula : Riddle and Mystery and Amazing Grace. We also include social justice activities at different points in the year.
From the UUA website: “The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist sixth Graders in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?”
From the UUA website : “Amazing Grace intends to help sixth graders understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. Its purpose is to equip them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum. Through their involvement in Amazing Grace, youth will come to recognize and depend on their Unitarian Universalist identity and resources as essential to their movement toward understanding, independence, and fulfillment of personal promise.”
Our Whole Lives (OWL) (Grade 8)
This program provides a safe environment and trained leaders where students can learn about fact-based human sexuality and explore their values around their changing and maturing lives. Adapted from the UUA website-
Accurate information about lifespan sexuality changes lives. Honest and comprehensive, Our Whole Lives (OWL) dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. Interactive workshops and lessons engage participants, while step-by-step instructions for program planners and facilitators help ensure success. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.
In order for the program to be successful, parents and students commit to attend all classes and meetings.
Coming of Age (Grade 8)
Picks up where Riddle & Mystery left off. Students engage in a program of deepening personal faith development, through working with mentors, journaling and engaging in service activities. This program culminates in each student standing before our congregation to express their faith credo: this I believe.