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Religious Education Classes 2013 PDF Print E-mail


We help kids struggle with the hard stuff: Big Questions, death, oppression, sex, spirituality

ss chalice and stonesFrom September through mid-May we offer Religious Education at both the 9:15 and 11 am Worship Services.

For the summer, we switch to one worship service at 10 am.

To register a young child (5th grade or younger) click here.

To register an older youth (6th grade and up) click here.

If you would like to volunteer for any of these classes or in any other aspect of our ministry with children and teens, check out our Volunteer Opportunity Page.

Check the calendar for upcoming events and all-ages worship services.

 

9:15am Sunday School

Toddler Care

Programming for children ages 1-3 is offered each Sunday morning by a professional staff person.

Preschool: We Are Many, We Are One
A celebration of diversity as well as sameness, where children explore who they are in relationship to others including the natural world, friends, and family. 

Kindergarten- 1st Grade: Experiencing the Web of Life
Classes mostly take place outdoors, where children are learning about the natural world and the ways we are all connected to it. Please being children in clothes appropriate for going outdoors.

First Grade: Our Whole Lives
Supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies, and families.  Two sessions at 9:15 beginning in September and January.

2nd-4th Grade: Moral Tales, UU Super Heroes
An exploration of how we make decisions and live out our faith through sharing stories. 

5th-6th Grade: Our Whole Lives
An 8-session program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty.  Offered at 9:00am January 4th-March 9th.

5th-7th Grade: Neighboring Faiths (This class temporarily meeting at 11:00am until March 16th)
One of the sources of our faith is “Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our spiritual and ethical life.” This class is a time to learn about and hear from our religious neighbors, complete with field trips to faith groups as well as in-class presentations.

8th Grade: Our Whole Lives
A year long values based comprehensive sexuality curriculum. Families must commit to regular attendance, complete an orientation held in the Fall, and complete informed consent forms. The class is closed to additional members after the beginning of the year to ensure trust-building. 8th graders who come partway through the year can join the Neighboring Faiths class.  Class starts at 9:00 am.

11am Sunday School

Nursery Care

Infants below age 1 are welcome to join volunteers in our Nursery.  Our Nursery is located in the first classroom through our Courtyard area.

Toddler Care

Programming for children ages 1-3 is offered each Sunday morning by a professional staff person.

Preschool: We Are Many, We Are One
A celebration of diversity as well as sameness, where children explore who they are in relationship to others including the natural world, friends, and family. 

Kindergarten-1st Grade:  World of Wonder, Experience the Web of Life
A place to develop a sense of wonder for the world that surrounds us. Kindergartners will explore the outdoors (please dress in weather-appropriate clothing) and will look at how creatures, plants, and human beings have changed over time.

2nd- 3rd Grade: Moral Tales, UU Superheroes
An exploration of how we make decisions and live out our faith through sharing stories. 

4th-5th Grade: Toolbox of Faith
Invites participants to reflect on 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. 

6th-7th Grade: Neighboring Faiths
One of the sources of our faith is “Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our spiritual and ethical life.” This class is a time to learn about and hear from our religious neighbors, complete with field trips to faith groups as well as in-class presentations.

8th Grade: OWL
A year long values based comprehensive sexuality curriculum. Families must commit to regular attendance, complete an orientation held in the Fall, and complete informed consent forms. The class is closed to additional members after the beginning of the year to ensure trust-building. 8th graders who come partway through the year can join the Neighboring Faiths class. Class starts at 11am.

9th Grade: Coming of Age
A group that requires weekly attendance, with two weekly retreats and a June worship service where youth prepare a personal faith statement. Youth learn about the elements of developing a basic expression of their faith and delve more deeply into what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and part of a UU congregation. At the completion they are offered the opportunity to become members of First UU.

10th Grade and Beyond: OWL (Sept.-Jan.)
A values-based comprehensive sexuality education class. The teaching team develops the curriculum to meet the needs of the individuals in the group and to add up-to-date information that includes changes that the wide use of technology has brought.

10th Grade and Beyond: Covenant Groups (Feb.- May)
Incorporates topics of significance to high school youth in a format that is natural to them. UU youth build strong communities, with shared responsibility, intimacy, and ultimacy. This group ministry models shared leadership with youth co-leading.

 

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*Tapestry of Faith - Embodying a faith development focus for our congregations, Tapestry of Faith is a series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.

*Our Whole Lives (OWL) - our nationally recognized, comprehensive, values-based sexuality curricula for all ages is offered each year.