Children’s Religious Education
Many people first come to our church looking for open-minded, loving-hearted religious education for their children. While people bring a diversity of beliefs, backgrounds, and family compositions, everyone agrees on the importance of Love as a guiding force in our lives and the lives of our children. Many seekers cross our threshold looking for a community they can call their own, where they and their family will be embraced for all of who they are, celebrated for all the gifts they bring, and accompanied through the joys and struggles they face. If that sounds like you and your family, we hope you will find all that and more here.
Our Religious Education Program for children includes opportunities for worship, healthy relationships between young people and adults in the congregation, community-building, social action, learning, and leadership development.
In other words… children’s chapels and intergenerational services, multigenerational events like our Halloween Party, a Holiday Pageant, Family Retreat, marches, Share the Joy or other actions for social justice, community workdays, opportunities to learn new skills, trips to The Mountain and more!
We welcome all different kinds of kids, including those with special needs. If your child does have special needs, please set up a time to speak with our Director of Religious Education to make a plan for what will work best for your family.
Nursery –Chalice Children
Each Sunday from 10:15 until shortly after the service, we have childcare in the Nursery (look for the room with the Dr. Seuss mural on the wall at the bottom of the stairs) for babies through two-year olds. Children move up to the Preschool room after their third birthday. Parents are required to sign their children in and out. Please see our Nursery Handbook for details about what to expect and what to bring.
Nursery Staff: Lead: Susan Betke, Assistants: Lily Bolton, Crystal Dorothy, Allyson Welbourne and Ted Blevins
Preschool -Celebrating Me and My World
Each Sunday from 10:20 until shortly after the service, this group meets downstairs in the purple-walled classroom. Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Early childhood (the years between ages 2 and 5) is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits. Their morning will include stories, activities, snack and free-play.
Teaching Staff: Lead: Andrea Coleman, Assistants: Rotating parent volunteers
Lower Elementary – Creating Home
At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.
Teachers: Sarah Moody, Blair Lanier, Lisa Moyer, Assistants: Ana Sullivan, Jillian Combs
Upper Elementary- Sing to the Power
Toolbox of Faith invites third- 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).
Teachers: Lead: Marcia Mancill, Heather Hunter, Assistants: Laura Gallitz, Krista Fine, Scott Naftel
Youth -Morgan Spurlock – View the world through someone else’s eyes
The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist adolescents 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?
Teachers: Lead: John Bawden, Tara Bawden, Assistants: Becky Lower, Thomas “Flip” Lower Service Projects Led by Trey Tarrant and Julie Shum
For you and your kids to get involved, go here.
Office Hours for DRE
Nothing from Fri, Feb 24 to Thu, Mar 9.